It is a sad reality, but far too often, nursing homes are places of abuse and neglect. These facilities are entrusted with the comfort and care of our loved ones who may require constant attention because they cannot care for themselves. Unfortunately, this also makes them particularly vulnerable. Nursing home employees will often take advantage of that vulnerability and sometimes systematically and repeatedly abuse their patients. Abuse may also arise from neglectful or improperly trained staff who are acting without proper supervision. When that happens, it is essential that a family member files a personal injury lawsuit against the abuser and their employer to hold the negligent parties responsible.
That is precisely what Luke Warman’s family did after he died in his nursing home in the early 2000’s. Warman’s family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lakeside Nursing Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania, alleging that Lakeside caused Warman’s untimely death.
His family elaborated that Warman was admitted to the nursing home because he suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative nerve disease that causes the patient to lose muscle control and bodily functions, including swallowing. According to lawyersandsettlements.com, upon his admittance to Lakeside, Warman was given what is known as a swallowing test, which concluded that he needed to be on an all liquid diet due to his inability to swallow properly. His diet was compromised, however, when a speech therapist gave Warman hard, solid food, causing him to choke. Warman ultimately died as a result of oxygen deprivation. Rather than go to trial, the Lakeside Nursing Center agreed to pay Warman’s family $250,000 for his death.
Have you or a family member been a victim of nursing home abuse? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as the financial hardship and emotional trauma caused by the accident. Call our Boston nursing home abuse lawyer experts 24/7 at 617-787-3700, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and confidential consultation.