Orlando Nursing Home Wrongful Death
Residents in a nursing home have spent the majority of their adult life working hard to earn a living and often raised a family during that time too. They deserve to be well-cared for during the next stages of their life when health concerns and mobility concerns make it more difficult for them to complete daily activities solo. Unfortunately, not all nursing home facilities provide the level of care they advertise. Sometimes, abuse and neglect within a nursing home can even lead to death. In these tragic cases, the surviving family members are able to seek legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes
Naples Daily News reported on a growing trend of nursing homes being operated by large for-profit companies that prioritize earnings over their residents’ wellbeing. To be profitable, these nursing home companies run their facilities off a skeleton crew. This means residents are apt to be neglected. Furthermore, additional stress placed on the staff makes it more likely they will become abusive towards nursing home patients. A nursing home resident who is abused or neglected has a much higher chance of death. Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Failure to call in outside medical care when necessary;
- Medication errors;
- Physical abuse;
- Malnutrition or dehydration;
- Untreated medical conditions due to neglect;
- Misdiagnosis by onsite medical staff; and
Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute
According to Florida Statute 768.21, survivors in a wrongful death claim can seek compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses due to the injury and death;
- Funeral and burial costs; and
- Loss of companionship.
Survivors can include the deceased’s spouse, children, or any blood relative who is dependent on the deceased for support or services.
Why Work with a Wrongful Death Attorney?
A skilled Orlando nursing home wrongful death attorney will be able to collect evidence to prove liability in a wrongful death case. Evidence may be other witnesses, documentation of care, documentation of the facility having staffing issues, and more. We also understand Florida’s elder and nursing home laws that protect residents in nursing home facilities. While we work hard to get you a quick resolution with financial compensation, we also work to ensure that other residents under the same care do not suffer mistreatment. By holding a nursing home facility responsible for a wrongful death, it raises awareness about the level of care they provide and encourages them to make changes.
Contact The Turnbull Firm For Help with Your Wrongful Death Claim
Residents of nursing homes rely on the staff to help them with daily activities and stay healthy. If your loved one died too soon because of inadequate care in a nursing home, you may have a wrongful death case. The Orlando wrongful death lawyers at The Turnbull Firm understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve so that your loved one’s death does not become a financial burden to family members. Contact us today at 407-612-6464 to schedule a free consultation.