Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
Putting a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision. When a family decides to entrust a loved one’s care to a nursing home, the family does so with the expectation that the care a loved one will receive is as good as or better than the care he or she could have received at home. When a nursing home fails to provide this care, and a patient dies as a result, the shock can reverberate throughout the family.
If you believe this has occurred to your loved one, you deserve a thorough investigation in order to learn what happened. If wrongdoing occurred, you deserve to hold the nursing home responsible for your loved one’s death and prevent a similar tragedy from happening again to another family.
Consulting an experienced nursing home wrongful death lawyer should be your first step. At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we are available to serve families in Spartanburg, Greenville and throughout Upstate South Carolina. Please contact us today to arrange for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Why Do Deaths Occur in Nursing Homes?
Nursing homes have a responsibility to minimize the risk of serious injury or illness to their patients. When a nursing home fails to do so, severe harm can result. Nursing home neglect or abuse can lead to a number of fatal injuries, including:
- Slips, trips, and falls on uneven walkways, in showers or on spilled food or liquid
- Wandering away by a resident because he or she was inadequately supervised
- Medication errors, including overdosing or receiving another patient’s medication by mistake
- Use or misuse of physical or chemical restraints that are aimed at subduing a patient who is difficult for staff to handle
- Pressure sores from being left in one position in a bed or wheelchair for far too long.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Nursing Home Deaths?
Depending on the cause of the patient’s death, the responsibility may lie with individual staff members, the nursing home itself or the corporate headquarters of a nursing home chain.
For example, an individual staff member may be responsible for failing to keep track of a patient who wandered away, or the nursing home itself may be responsible if its policies of using chemical restraints have caused death.
When wrongdoing can be traced to an individual employee, it is important to look at the nursing home’s procedures in hiring, training and assigning that employee to certain duties. For instance, a nursing home may be liable for failing to perform a background check before hiring an employee or for failing to train or supervise its employees properly.
What Can Be Recovered in a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Claim?
The results of a wrongful death claim can have a positive impact on the lives of patients still living in a nursing home. A claim may force a nursing home to examine its own procedures more closely and improve safety and health for residents wherever it can.
In addition, the eligible family members that pursue the wrongful death claim may be able to seek compensation for a number of losses, including:
- Medical and hospital bills related to the patient’s final injury or illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering related to the final injury or illness
- Loss of the care, companionship, comfort and guidance of a loved one.
(Please see our Wrongful Death section to learn more about these claims.)
How Can A Spartanburg Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Help Me?
An attorney with experienced handling nursing home negligence and wrongful death claims will begin by examining medical records, talking to nursing home staff and gathering information to determine how your loved one’s death occurred. If wrongdoing was involved, your attorney can help you to hold the nursing home accountable and seek compensation.
You can begin the process today by contacting the attorneys at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., for a free and confidential consultation.