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Wrongful death lawsuit details treatment of deceased patients

Most people in New Jersey are dedicated to caring for their parents when they become unable to do so. Unfortunately, as people age and become ill, they require care beyond what the average person is capable of providing, prompting loved ones to seek assistance from a nursing home. Unfortunately, a recent lawsuit filed by a woman in another state claims that negligence resulted in the wrongful death of the woman's mother and stepfather.

The woman's stepfather passed away at the age of 92 in Dec. 2014. During the time he was a resident at the facility, approximately eight months, court papers indicate that he fell 13 times. One fall caused him to sever part of his ear. His stepdaughter claims that staff ignored instructions from his doctor to provide physical therapy to help improve his balance. Instead, the man was placed in hospice care where he was "chemically restrained" and deprived of medications described as life-sustaining; he ultimately passed away, allegedly due to a combination of narcotics and lack of food and water.

The plaintiff's mother, who was 91 at the time, passed away a month after her husband. The lawsuit also alleges that this victim suffered several falls while in the care of the nursing home. One of the falls allegedly involved her falling from a wheelchair pushed by a nurse's aide. During the fall, she struck a door frame and the floor, causing fractures to her face and bleeding on her brain. She passed away days later.

In addition to those claims, the woman asserts that staff stole from her mother and stepfather and took measures to prevent visitors. For those with loved ones in a nursing home facility in New Jersey, accusations of such treatment are horrifying. Unfortunately, many have personally suffered as a result of negligence on the behalf of medical staff that resulted in a fatality. The family members of these victims also have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit as this woman has done. Not only can a successful case result in an award of damages, it can also protect other patients from similar treatment.

Source: registerguard.com, "Eugene nursing home sued in death of couple, ages 92 and 91", Jack Moran, Nov. 22, 2016

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