There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a loved one unexpectedly. When you place your elderly family member in a nursing home, you expect the facility to provide a proper and adequate level of care. Sadly, this is not always the case. All too often, nursing home abuse and negligence lead to fatalities. When this is the case, the surviving family members can take legal action against the negligent parties.
However, pursuing a wrongful death claim in regards to nursing home abuse/neglect can be complex. Often, the nursing home facility and its insurance company will argue that the deceased individual died of natural causes or due to an unavoidable medical condition. However, if your loved one died unexpectedly while under the care of a nursing home, it is possible that he or she was the victim of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we can help you navigate the complicated and emotional process of bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your family member. Our Houston nursing home abuse attorneys offer compassionate, personalized legal guidance and can handle every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on healing.
When Nursing Home Deaths Are Caused by Negligence
Not all nursing home deaths are preventable. Many residents enter nursing home facilities with preexisting medical conditions or develop illnesses and complications that often come with old age. However, if your loved one was in relatively good health, yet died unexpectedly while in a nursing home, there is a chance that negligence played a role in his or her death.
Some examples of nursing home negligence that can lead to wrongful death include:
- Medication errors
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Failure to treat bedsores
- Failure to treat infections or sepsis
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Failure to provide emergency medical treatment
This list is not exhaustive; there are a variety of other examples of how nursing home abuse or negligence can lead to wrongful death. These claims can be incredibly complex, which is why it is very important that you speak to an attorney about your situation.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Texas, only certain surviving family members and other individuals are allowed to file a wrongful death claim.
These individuals include:
- A surviving spouse of the deceased
- The surviving children of the deceased
- A legally adopted child of the deceased
- The deceased’s parents
- The personal representative of the deceased’s estate
If you have questions about your rights or would like to speak to an experienced attorney about filing a wrongful death claim in Texas, contact Stepp & Sullivan, P.C. today.
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When you reach out to our firm, we take the time to listen to you, understand your unique situation, and work to provide sound legal solutions tailored to your particular circumstances. Our Houston wrongful death and nursing home abuse lawyers understand the challenges and intricacies involved in claims arising from unexpected deaths in nursing homes. We are proud to serve clients in both the Houston and Chicago areas, providing compassionate counsel, personalized representation, and aggressive advocacy throughout the entire legal process.
We invite you to reach out to our firm today by calling (713) 714-5089 or submitting an online contact form.