A wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against a Novi nursing home for a resident who died as a result of the negligence of the nursing staff. Our nursing home lawyers are representing the family of the deceased resident. The claim was filed against the skilled care facility allegedly responsible for her death – Whitehall Healthcare Center.
We filed the lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court and are seeking all damages permissible under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute. This includes claims for the loss of society and companionship for her family, payment of funeral expenses and burial expenses, as well as the pain and suffering she experienced prior to her death.
The death occurred when the nursing home resident removed the treacheal tube from her throat and therefore suffered lack of oxygen. The treacheal tube was required at all times due to her medical condition and the resident did have a history of trying to remove the tube. To prevent self-removal, she did wear a safety mitt on her dominant hand that prevented her from being able to grasp and remove the tube. The resident however also had a history of removing that glove and the nursing home staff failed to report this behavior to her physician. Therefore, if the staff had made the doctor aware of her behavior of removing the glove, the doctor could have given proper instruction for additional restraint. In addition, due to the lack of monitoring the patient this traumatic instance was able to take place. If the nursing home would have properly placed the patient with a one on one sitter the chance of her successfully removing her tracheal tube would have been decreased.
Skilled nursing care facilities are required to help each resident attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychological well-being. This includes properly monitoring a resident and notifying the physician when the resident is behaving in a manner that can prove dangerous or harmful to them. When the nursing staff fails to do so, they are committing nursing home neglect and a lawsuit may be able to be filed against the facility for the negligence committed.
It is important that families of loved ones in Michigan nursing homes are very aware of the warning signs of nursing home neglect. If you suspect that you or your loved one is a victim it is important that you contact our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire nursing home lawyers immediately to discuss your case and learn your rights. Victims and their families may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the home for their negligent care. Filing a claim will not only achieve justice but ensure that incidents such as that do not happen again at that particular facility. For more information about Michigan nursing home neglect and wrongful death lawsuits, call our top rated law today at (800) 606-1717. We offer a Free, No Obligation Case Review and will be able to advise you on the best possible legal recourse to take on behalf of your loved one.