Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorney in Charleston, WV
Elders living in a nursing home often require daily care from a professional, whether for living needs, medical needs, and cognitive needs, among others. It is, therefore, reasonable to expect not only professional care and oversight, but also a comfortable, pleasant environment. If a loved one dies due to the negligence and/or abuse of nursing home staff, you will need a leading, experienced nursing home abuse attorney.
The Love Law Firm has extensive experience dealing with wrongful death cases throughout the Charleston, WV, area. We will use the full extent of West Virginia law to vigorously pursue your lawsuit and hold the responsible parties accountable. If you believe that a friend or loved one died in his/her nursing home due to abuse and/or negligence, it is essential to call us today so that we can begin building a case.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death By Nursing Home Abuse
In many cases, injuries resulting in death from nursing home abuse could have been prevented if the proper nursing home standards had been followed. Direct aggression in the form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse can occur, but wrongful death is also the result of negligence from nursing home staff. For the entirety of West Virginia Code regarding nursing homes, you can consult Chapter 16, §16-5C-1, for more information.
Below are some common causes of wrongful death:
- Falls — West Virginia Law requires nursing home staff to detect and rectify any deficiencies in the safety of the nursing home. The staff must alway stay vigilant for potential dangers, as slips and falls can cause serious injury or even death.
- Malnutrition and Dehydration — With their already fragile state, elders experiencing malnutrition and dehydration could be at high risk for serious injury and/or death. In these cases, it generally comes from apathetic and/or undertrained staff.
- Assault and Physical Abuse — Consistent abuse can lead to gradual deterioration of health and can become an underlying cause of wrongful death.
- Medical Malpractice — When the nursing home doctor(s) fails to diagnose a patient’s illness or provide the necessary medications, it can lead to rapid deterioration of the patient’s health, ultimately leading to a preventable death.
Potential Compensation in Nursing Home Wrongful Death
In nursing home wrongful death cases, the abusive or neglectful staff members could be facing criminal penalties (especially in cases of abuse). However, surviving family members can also pursue compensation for the preventable death of a loved one, including:
- Medical expenses accrued as a result of abuse and/or neglect
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
This is not an exhaustive list. Potential compensation for nursing home wrongful death cases will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the case.
How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
Once you and an experienced Charleston, WV, nursing home attorney agree on pursuing the wrongful death case, we will be able to take advantage of a vast array of resources and pretrial discovery strategies. For example, Charles M. Love will take recorded, sworn statements from the home’s nurses, staff members, and administrators. Through a subpoena, we can also acquire facility and patient medical records, and, therefore, we will conduct a thorough, no-stones-unturned investigation designed to uncover the truth behind the loved one’s death and who was responsible.
For a free consultation with the leading nursing home abuse attorney in Charleston, call the Love Law Firm today at (304) 344-5683