Elopement / Wandering

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Elopement or wandering from a nursing home or senior care facility is one of the biggest nightmares a family or loved one can face. Nursing homes have a responsibility to prevent this from happening, and those that don’t are generally considered negligent.

At the Smith Clinesmith LLP, our elopement and wandering attorneys are dedicated to helping the elderly be protected and receive proper care in their nursing home or senior care facilities. If you believe your loved one has not been receiving adequate or proper care in their nursing home, reach out to our legal team for a free and confidential consultation.

Contact us online or call (877) 976-8411 today.

What Is the Definition of Nursing Home Elopement?

In the case of nursing home negligence, elopement is when a resident of a home leaves a nursing home or senior care facility without permission. Symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often a cause of elopement and these patients should be monitored closely to prevent this from occurring.

Sadly, this situation of wandering away often becomes a reality for the families and loved ones of elderly individuals who are suffering from the symptoms of dementia. Elopement can have serious consequences for someone who is suffering from dementia or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Often these patients are disoriented, confused, and unsure of what they are doing, leading to harmful situations. The lawyers at the Smith Clinesmith LLP fight to prevent this from happening and bring justice for nursing home negligence survivors.

The Difference in Wandering Cases

Wandering is a little different than elopement, as it generally refers to a patient that is cognitively impaired, and their ability to move about inside the nursing home and enter into a dangerous situation.

Wandering can lead to elderly individuals becoming:

  • Lost
  • Disoriented
  • Confused
  • Injured

The nursing home is liable and must assess the elderly patient’s risk of wandering and include this in the initial plan of care. Our team of lawyers, medical experts, nurses, paralegals, and others evaluate the details of the wandering claim to create an effective case with positive outcomes.

Elopement Attorneys You Can Trust

Smith Clinesmith LLP is a trustworthy firm that is dedicated to taking on nursing home negligence and abuse. We work to protect the rights and well-being of the elderly and believe that having symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is no excuse for wandering or elopement. If you suspect a loved one is suffering abuse in a nursing home or senior care facility, contact us today.

Call (877) 976-8411 to speak with an experienced elopement attorney today. We handle cases in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Receive a free case evaluation over the phone or in person.

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