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Wrongful death: Group home administrator faces criminal charges

People in New Jersey and across the country who struggle to provide care for themselves are often placed in assisted living facilities. Employees in these facilities are sometimes tasked with dealing with people who may exhibit challenging behavior -- behavior that is often beyond the control of the patient. Despite this, staff must continue to meet the care needs of all patients in a professional manner. Unfortunately, the administrator of an assisted living facility in another state could potentially face a wrongful death lawsuit after she was arrested and faces multiple charges in connection to the death of a resident.

The incident happened in Jan. 2017. According to reports, staff first learned that there was an issue with the victim when visitors at the facility heard the 85-year-old woman banging on the door of her room. When staff members were finally able to open the locked door, they reportedly found the woman with her head stuck in a nightstand. She was transported to the hospital but died two weeks later.

While the events leading up to the discovery of the victim have not been released by prosecutors, the woman reportedly almost choked on eggs before experiencing respiratory failure; the medical examiner's office has since ruled her death a homicide. While the former administrator's suspected role in the incident is unclear, she faces several charges, including patient abuse, reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. The facility has since closed.

In addition to the charges against the administrator, the facility faces several serious accusations, including failing to properly screen prospective employees. Unfortunately, a family is left grieving the death of their loved one -- a loss that appears to have been preventable. Many families in New Jersey who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of caregivers have chosen to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It their claims can be proved, they could receive financial compensation to help them cope with their loss.

Source: cleveland.com, "Former Lake County group home administrator indicted in resident's death", Evan MacDonald, July 25, 2017

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