Unfortunately, there are many things that can physically go wrong with the elderly. They are incredibly vulnerable and susceptible to various infections and diseases. Nursing homes are meant to be a safe place for the elderly and a place where their loved ones can feel secure that they are being taken care of and watched over. Unfortunately, however, the reality is different and nursing home neglect is far too common.
Widow Sues for Wrongful Death
Donna Anderson, a widow from Kentucky, filed suit on May 11 in Madison Circuit Court for the neglect and eventual death of her husband, Richard Anderson. She is claiming that Richmond Health and Rehabilitation – Madison Manor failed to care for her husband during his stay. She cites insufficient staffing and continuing deficiencies as the primary reasons for her husband’s physical decline and eventual death. Her main claim is that an infection on his foot was not properly cared for, which led to amputation. According to the suit, she is saying that the nursing home neglect “accelerated the deterioration of her husband’s health and physical condition beyond the normal aging process” and that her husband suffered loss of dignity and “extreme pain and suffering, degradation, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement.”
Richard Anderson was only living in Madison Manor for less than two months, from April 4, 2009 to May 22, 2009. During that time, the home allegedly failed to provide enough staff, maintain proper records, monitor his pain or symptoms, provide adequate hygiene and did not take the proper steps necessary to prevent malnutrition and dehydration. The defendants in this case are accused of negligence, medical negligence, corporate negligence and violating long-term care residents’ rights. Mrs. Anderson is seeking both punitive and compensatory damages and a jury trial.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.