Medical Malpractice Resulting in Wrongful Death
When you put an elderly loved one in a nursing home, you are trusting their very life to the caregivers of that nursing home. If a caregiver is negligent or careless in their duties, especially when dealing with medications or medical conditions requiring constant attention, it can lead to tragic consequences.
If your parent or grandparent has died as a result of negligence in a nursing home, please don’t hesitate to contact Long Beach elder abuse attorney Travis Siegel at 562-372-6904 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice in the context of nursing home abuse usually means medication errors, misdiagnosis, or outright neglect. Examples of nursing home medical malpractice can include:
- Giving the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to give medication at the correct times
- Giving the wrong medication
- Failing to check for potential negative reactions between two or more prescribed medications
- Failing to treat bed sores or other injuries in a timely manner
- Failure to diagnose a condition which led to permanent health damage or death
The most common cause of medical malpractice cases in nursing homes is simply neglect by caregivers. Often, nursing homes are understaffed, so caregivers are too busy to give residents the attention and care they need. When dealing with older men and women with complex health issues and medical needs, this neglect can have serious consequences, including death.
When to Sue for Wrongful Death
If your loved one died due to a medication error or other type of neglect in their medical care, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Nursing homes too often get away with negligence because family members don’t pursue action against them. Wrongful death lawsuits can be long, difficult, and emotionally exhausting, but they serve a twofold purpose:
- Financial compensation
- Justice against the negligent nursing home and a warning to all nursing homes that negligence will not be tolerated
By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you are sending a message that what the nursing home did was wrong and unacceptable. Travis Siegel will handle your case with the utmost compassion and respect, and he will try his best to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Damages in a nursing home wrongful death lawsuit can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Hospital bills the deceased incurred
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Pain and suffering of the surviving family
- Punitive damages
- Attorney fees
Travis Siegel takes cases on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay anything until he wins or settles your case. He understands that many people can’t afford an attorney’s fees upfront, so he does not require them. His attorney fees will come from your settlement.
Financial compensation cannot bring your loved one back, but it can at least ease the monetary burden left behind when a loved one passes. In addition, your lawsuit may help future families avoid the same kind of tragedy by forcing the nursing home to shape up.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
If your elderly loved one has tragically died because of medical malpractice, contact nursing home neglect attorney Travis Siegel at 562-372-6904 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Long Beach, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and other nearby areas of Southern California.