Nursing Home Wrongful Death - Consumer Justice Foundation

Nursing Home Wrongful Death

Written by Faith Anderson on March 28, 2013
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Bed Sores in Nursing Homes

Joan Boice, 82, was admitted in September 2008 to a California Emeritus facility, where she allegedly suffered from bed sores after less than four months at the nursing home. Bed sores develop on the skin in areas that are repeatedly rubbed or when something is pressed against the skin for a long period of time. The pressure limits blood flow in the area, which can lead to skin deterioration and cause an ulcer to form. Bed sores typically develop over bony areas of the body, such as the hips, shoulders, elbows, back, heels and back of the head. During the wrongful death trial, attorneys for the Boice family presented evidence suggesting that employees covered up the bed sores so that she wouldn’t be removed from the nursing home. Joan Boice died in 2009, three months after the family removed her from the facility.

Nursing Home Accused of Being Understaffed

In addition to claims of malice, fraud and oppression, the wrongful death lawsuit also accused Emeritus of understaffing the nursing home facility and failing to provide staff members with adequate training. Following the trial, jurors indicated that they were shocked by the evidence presented, particularly the information suggesting that the facility failed to properly staff its facilities. Emeritus, the largest assisted living facility company in the United States, admitted that there were problems with management of the facility at the time of Boice’s death, particularly in the areas of training, staffing and resident care. The Boice family won the case after rejecting an offer by the firm to settle for only $3.2 million.

Contact a Reputable Attorney for Legal Help

Nursing homes are entrusted with the care of elderly and ill individuals across the country, and there should never be a question of whether the care administered is adequate. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse is a major problem in nursing home facilities throughout the United States. If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of inadequate care at a nursing home facility, or if you lost a loved one because of nursing home negligence, consult a reputable lawyer in your area for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home facility, in order to pursue financial compensation for the resulting injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial costs.

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