Losing a loved one as a result of a nursing home's inadequate care is grounds for a lawsuit in Pennsylvania and all other states. One woman in a recent out-of-state case said a nursing home did not care for an elderly woman, age 87, properly. She decided to file a nursing home neglect lawsuit against the facility.
The plaintiff, who serves as the executor of the elderly woman's estate, said the elderly woman resided at the nursing home for several days in April of 2014. While she was at the facility, she reportedly complained about stomach pain multiple times. The plaintiff said the woman was also vomiting and had a poor appetite, but she never did receive the medication the staff had promised to give her in light of her symptoms.
The plaintiff insisted that the 87-year-old woman be transported to a medical center. At the hospital, the woman received a diagnosis of an inoperable bowel obstruction. She died a little more than two weeks later.
According to the complaint, the nursing home is liable for not promptly identifying and treating the elderly woman's condition, which reportedly caused her to die. The plaintiff is seeking over $50,000 in damages, plus costs related to litigation, as part of the suit. Although monetary compensation may not be able to bring back a loved one who has died due to nursing home neglect in Pennsylvania, it may help the surviving family members to experience a sense of justice and be able to move forward after the tragic ordeal.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "Nursing home blamed for patient's bowel obstruction that led to death", Robert Hadley, Nov. 23, 2015