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Is losing a resident considered nursing home negligence?

Maryland families often struggle to find a place for an aging relative to live when it becomes obvious that he or she needs more care and monitoring than they can provide. They find a nursing home they believe will give their loved one the proper care, but unfortunately, they have no real way of knowing they made the right choice. Nursing home negligence takes many forms, and it can happen anywhere.

One facility in a neighboring state currently faces a wrongful death claim in connection with the demise of one of its residents. According to reports, the resident, a 77-year-old woman, was found three weeks after she disappeared from the facility in a ditch. It is alleged that the day she disappeared, the staff at the home failed to contact police for approximately two hours after it was discovered she was missing.

The woman had a history of wandering, and her family now alleges that the Pennsylvania nursing home did nothing to ensure that she did not leave the facility, especially alone. As is the case with many nursing homes, the allegations in the lawsuit indicate that the nursing home did not have adequate staff. Furthermore, the staff they did have was not properly trained.

Sadly, this type of nursing home negligence occurs far more often than anyone would like to admit. Residents wander away from the facilities that are supposed to keep an eye on them. Fortunately, not all end in death as in this case, but when it does happen, surviving family members may exercise their right to file wrongful death claims. Maryland families who discover that their aging loved ones suffered because of the negligence of the nursing home they entrusted him or her to may benefit from the advice and assistance of a compassionate and experienced attorney.

Source: mcall.com, "Lawsuit filed in death of woman with Alzheimer's who wandered from personal care facility", Laurie Mason Schroeder, Nov. 28, 2017

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