Families are often left in the position of making difficult decisions to ensure that their family members receive the care that they need. In fact, many families in Maryland and across the country often come to the conclusion that they are no longer able to meet the needs of an aging loved one, prompting them to make the decision to place them in a nursing home. While most of these facilities are dedicated to providing quality care their residents’ needs, some families find themselves wondering if their loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence.
Unfortunately, a family in another state found themselves asking if their mother was the victim of such negligence following her death. She reportedly fell in Jan. 2016 while under the care of staff at a convalescent home. Reports indicate that she died two weeks later due to injuries she suffered in the fall.
As a result, her children decided to file a lawsuit against the facility. A jury recently ruled in their favor, deciding that negligence on the behalf of the defendants harmed the woman, though the jury did not find that the negligence was intentional. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $700,000.
When families feel they are no longer able to provide for an aging or ill loved one, many have no other choice but to place their trust in caregivers at long term care facilities. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence can have serious consequences for these residents, even resulting in death as in this case. There are options for victims of such action in Maryland and across the county; often, filing a personal injury lawsuit can not only result in a financial award if successfully presented but can also prompt such facilities to make changes that will prevent other victims from facing similar suffering.