Families entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes, assuming that they will be cared for and protected from injury. When an elderly or otherwise incapacitated individual suffers a wrongful death, family members will naturally be left wondering what went wrong and will want to hold the nursing care facility responsible for their negligence.
This is exactly the case for the family members of a 74-year-old woman who was living under the care of an assisted living facility. She had been living at the facility for six years. She suffered from schizophrenia, psychosis, short and long-term memory loss, and had a tendency to try to leave her whereabouts. She, along with her family members, relied on the nursing home for her well-being and safety. All of this was well-known to the nursing care facility.
However, somehow she was able to leave the facility in the early morning hours. During the time that she was on her own, she was struck down by a passing motor vehicle as she was attempting to cross a nearby roadway. She died at the scene of the car crash from severe traumas she sustained in the crash.
The family members recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit on her behalf claiming that the nursing home was negligent in their responsibility towards this patient. The lawsuit also claims that failing to prevent her from leaving the facility amounted to gross neglect of this woman who had been entrusted to their care.
The victim’s family is not only seeking monetary compensation for the loss of her life, but also accountability by holding the owners and operators of this nursing home responsible for this woman’s tragic loss of life.
Source: mycentraljersey.com, “Bridgewater nursing home sued by family of ill woman killed crossing Route 22,” Sergio Bichao, May 8, 2012