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Medical malpractice suit possible following patient's death

Family members who are advanced in age often require more medical care than their family members can provide. As a result, families in New Jersey make the decision to place their trust in a long-term medical care facility, such as a nursing home. Unfortunately, one family lost their loved one in an incident at such a facility that could ultimately result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The incident happened in 2014. Court records indicate that a 52-year-old employee violated nursing home policy when she attempted to move the 89-year-old victim with a lift without a second person helping her. Unfortunately, the patient fell, striking her head.

The employee is accused of failing to seek medical help for the woman after the fall even though the incident endangered her life due to her age and other factors. The woman's injuries, including a laceration on her head, were soon discovered by a nurse. The patient was transported to the emergency room where it was revealed that the woman suffered from a blood clot in her brain. She passed away two weeks later.

The employee caring for the woman at the time of the accident recently pleaded guilty to neglect charges stemming from the incident. She was sentenced to two years of probation. However, the company that employed the woman may also hold some degree of responsibility. Many people in New Jersey who have lost a loved one in such a manner have chosen to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in response. Not only can a successfully presented case result in an award of damages to help grieving family members cope with any expenses stemming from their loss, but such action could also prompt nursing home officials to initiate changes that will prevent similar incidents from occurring in the the future.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Former nursing home employee gets 2 years probation in patient's death", Ruth Ann Krause, Sept. 18, 2017

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