Wrongful Death Attorney
Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases
Nursing homes have a duty to protect their residents and provide them proper care and supervision. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or suffer from poor training or negligent hiring practices, which can result in abuse and neglect that may lead to serious consequences, such as death.
The Dallas nursing home wrongful death lawyers at the Smith Clinesmith Firm understand just how devastating it is to lose a loved one due to the negligent or abusive actions of another person or entity. We are here to fight for you during the difficult days after the wrongful death of a loved one in a nursing home; we work to bring justice and peace to the families of victims and help ensure that similar tragedies do not occur in the future. With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, we represent clients nationwide in all types of nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is when a person is killed due to negligence or abuse by another party, such as a caregiver in a nursing home. Essentially, if a death could have and should have been prevented, it is considered “wrongful.”
Examples of wrongful death in nursing homes include when a resident dies as a result of:
- A medication error or overdose
- Failure to provide basic care
- Complications arising from bedsores, such as sepsis
- A fall or another type of accident that leads to serious injuries
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Untreated illnesses, such as aspiration pneumonia or COVID-19
- Assault and other forms of abuse
As nursing home abuse lawyers, we have seen a number of tragic wrongful death cases that could have been prevented during our 20+ years of practicing law. We believe that no person or family should have to face the consequences of a nursing home’s negligence, but when these tragic cases do occur, you can trust that we are here to fight for the justice you deserve.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes
There are a variety of factors that could contribute to a wrongful death. Some common causes include:
- Physical abuse or assault (including sexual)
- General negligence, including gross negligence
- Misdiagnoses or poor treatment by medical staff at the nursing home
- No support from outside medical experts
- Poor staff training
- Lack of proper staff supervision
- Negligent hiring practices (including failure to conduct background checks)
- Insufficient staff (poor staff-to-patient ratio)
- Improper/substandard nursing home practices
When our loved ones are placed in a nursing home, we expect the home to provide a high level of care and treatment so that a wrongful death or serious injury or illness never occurs. However, studies have shown that one in three nursing homes report some form of abuse or neglect. These facilities can and should be held accountable for causing harm and endangering the lives of their residents.
How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help?
If you are suffering from abuse or neglect from a caregiver in a nursing home or if you suspect a loved one is, contact the Dallas nursing home wrongful death attorneys at the Smith Clinesmith Firm before it is too late. We investigate every nursing home abuse claim aggressively with a team of paralegals, medical experts, nurses, and investigators in order to build the strongest case possible for litigation.
Abuse and negligence can lead to a wrongful death, and the nursing home is liable for these actions. Our lawyers can pursue your wrongful death claims and seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of love, support, and guidance
- Lost income/expected income or inheritance
In some cases, we may also be able to seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish liable parties for egregious negligence and/or intentional wrongdoing.
If you need experienced legal counsel anywhere in the United States regarding wrongful death in a nursing home, call our Dallas nursing home wrongful death lawyers today at (877) 976-8411.