Nursing home neglect: repercussion of duties being neglected

A nursing home in another state is being required to answer difficult questions after the administrator of a deceased elderly woman's estate filed a civil claim against it. In the wrongful death claim, nursing home neglect is alleged as a major cause of the elderly lady's death. The estate administrator claims that proper care was not provided by the nursing home. Claims such as these are nothing unfamiliar, in Tennessee, and across America. 

In the claim, it is stated that the elderly patient was complaining of pain because she was suffering from pneumonia and a skin disorder, among other problems. It appears that the staff of the nursing home did not recognize the symptoms and signs displayed by the deceased as pneumonia. At the same time, the staff allegedly did not fulfil their duties and neglected the patient placed in their care.

No specific amount has been mentioned in the claim. The judgment sought is for an amount the court has the authority to determine. Should the court rule for the claimant, not only will justice for the deceased be achieved, but the guilty parties will have to face the consequences of their neglect.

Tennessee law allows for the administrator of a deceased person's estate who family believe is a victim of nursing home neglect to file a civil claim against the nursing home they believe is responsible. A successfully litigated claim may lead to an award of financial damages against the nursing home. Not only can this provide a feeling of relief, but, also, justice for the family members of the neglected elderly person, while creating an awareness of the vulnerability of the elderly population.

Source:, "Neglect of duties alleged in wrongful death case", Louie Torres, Aug. 11, 2016

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