Plant City Nursing Home Death Attorney
Older adults in nursing homes are often frail and particularly vulnerable to abuse, infection, and fall-related injuries. While a younger, healthy person might be able to recover quickly from an intentionally inflicted wound or a broken bone sustained in a fall, many seniors in nursing homes develop life-threatening infections and never fully recover from injuries like broken hips or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
If you have an elderly loved one who sustained fatal injuries at a nursing home, the facility might be at fault. An experienced Plant City nursing home deaths attorney can assess your case for you today.
How Do Nursing Home Death Claims Work in Plant City, Florida?
If you recently learned that a loved one passed away while in the care of a nursing home or other long-term care facility, it is possible that the facility’s negligence resulted in your family member’s death. While we know how difficult it can be to think about the possibility of going through a nursing home abuse lawsuit while you are grieving your elderly loved one’s death, we also know how important it is to hold the facility accountable for the harm it caused and to help prevent future incidents at the nursing home where your loved one died.
When a nursing home death occurs, the surviving family members should learn more about Florida wrongful death claims. Under Florida wrongful death law, when someone’s death “is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another party, the personal representative of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. To be clear, while the personal representative of the estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim, surviving family members may be eligible to recover damages. Family members who can recover damages in a wrongful death claim against a nursing home may include:
- Deceased’s spouse;
- Deceased’s children;
- Deceased’s parents; and/or
- Blood relative or adopted sibling of the deceased if that person is “partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services.”
Types of Fatal Injuries Resulted in Wrongful Death Claims Against Plant City Nursing Homes
Wrongful deaths in nursing homes can have many different causes, including but not limited to:
- Physical abuse perpetrated by a nursing home staff member or another party at the nursing home;
- Sexual abuse perpetrated at the nursing home;
- Willful deprivation of necessary medications or medical devices;
- Poor infection-control measures;
- Failure to adequately monitor a nursing home resident to prevent a fall; or
- Failure to provide adequate care to a nursing home resident who develops serious bed sores.
Many additional issues can play a role in causing nursing home resident deaths, and it is important to seek advice from a nursing home negligence lawyer in Plant City.
Learn More from Our Plant City Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you lost a loved one due to a nursing home injury or medical issue, the facility may have been negligent and could be liable for the death. One of our Plant City nursing home abuse attorneys can discuss your options for you for filing a claim. Contact Kohn Law for more information.