A patient residing in a nursing home died on December 13, 2011, after suffering a subdural and subarachnoid hematoma. Unfortunately, this family was lied to, although the real facts were not revealed until they were watching the evening news. The newscaster announced that the coroner’s office ruled the cause of death a homicide because she was assaulted by an Alzheimer’s patient.
The family then sought out answers from the nursing home seeking answers. The victim’s son does not blame the other resident, but he was shocked by the lies and could not believe the lack of supervision provided by the nursing home staff. The altercation happened in the dining room, where no supervision was present.
The family originally sought an apology and $30,000 to cover the woman’s hospital bills; however the nursing home refused to accept accountability. Now the facility is facing a wrongful death lawsuit. Ironically, an inspection in January 2011 cited the nursing home for failure to provide adequate supervision to prevent a fall in the Alzheimer’s unit. In response the nursing home submitted a plan of correction and promised not to leave Alzheimer’s residents unsupervised in the dining room. Obviously, the plan was never effectively implemented.
Falls are very common among patients in nursing homes and can cause serious injuries, such as a subdural hematoma, or even death among the victims. Falls are most prevalent in elderly patients residing in nursing homes, and about 10% to 25% of falls result in hospital admission or fractures.
These fall-related injuries can cause trivial head trauma, which can put extreme force on the brain that may result in inter-cranial bleed (commonly referred to as a subdural hematoma). Subdural hematomas (SDH) often happen when blood vessels erupt in the space between the brain and the outermost membrane that covers the brain.
Due to the clustering of blood caused by hematoma excessive pressure is put on the brain tissues. If the pressure is consent, the active bleed will build, the result will be: serious injuries or even death. Acute subdural hematomas are among the most lethal of head injuries, with a mortality rate of between 50-90%. 30% of fatal head injuries include an acute subdural hematoma.
A wrongful death claim is available to immediate family members of the victim to help with the financial burden as well as loss of companionship. Our wrongful death lawyers understand that you may be going through a tough time after a loved ones’ death. However, if you wait too long to look into these benefits your claim could be lost forever.
If you have lost a loved one and believe you are entitled to wrongful death benefits contact a lawyer immediately to learn your rights. The experienced wrongful death attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will represent clients under our NO FEE PROMISE. Call our office today (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top-rated lawyers.