A Kansas City nursing home is supposed to provide quality care for our loved ones who are too ill or frail to be cared for at home, but don’t need to be in a hospital.  When we entrust the care of a family member to a nursing home, we expect that they are receiving the quality care and respect that they deserve. We should not have to worry about their personal safety and well-being.
However, too many Missouri and Kansas nursing homes are suffering from inadequate staffing and poor staff training.  This means that residents may get shortchanged on care and even neglected. Thirty percent of all nursing homes have been cited for elder abuse.  And, for every reported case, five more go unreported.  Abuse and neglect in nursing homes can lead to injury or even wrongful death.  
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence.  A wrongful death is a death that could have been prevented if not for the negligent behavior of a person or company. 
Wrongful deaths in nursing homes can be a result of:
• Inadequate staffing
• Untrained staff members
• Falls
• Unsanitary conditions
• Neglect of resident's basic needs
• Improper medical care
• Medication errors
Statistics show that the number of nursing home wrongful deaths caused by elder abuse and neglect are on the rise.  A death associated with bedsores, elopement and wandering, falls, malnutrition and dehydration, the use of chemical or physical restraints, or medication errors may be due to neglect or abuse. In many cases, these deaths could have been prevented if the proper standards of care had been followed.  But, wrongful death can be hard to prove.  
In many cases, the nursing home will try to cover up a wrongful death by stating that the resident was old and in poor health.   For example, improper medication can cause heart failure.  A nursing home will list the cause of death as heart failure when in fact a medication error caused the resident’s heart to fail.
A Kansas City attorney who is experienced in both Missouri nursing home neglect and wrongful death cases can determine whether a death was caused by a nursing home’s negligence. If negligence can be proven, the surviving family members of the accident victim may be able to collect compensation for their loved one’s injury and for the family’s loss.  A wrongful death lawsuit claims that the victim died because of negligent driving and that his surviving family is entitled to monetary compensation for their losses. 
A  Kentucky nursing home was recently ordered to pay $42.75 million to the family of a man who died at the home because of neglect. The man suffered severe dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, and infections that led to his death.  This is no way for our elderly to be treated.

Has A Loved One Died Due To The Negligence of Others?

If your loved one has died due to the negligence of someone else an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you hold them responsible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.