Timely Mission Nursing Home is facing two lawsuits that allege that the facility failed to properly care for two residents and they died as a result.
The loved ones of the deceased who have decided to take legal action are doing so because they want to seek justice for the pain and suffering they say their loved ones endured.
According to one of the legal complaints, the resident, an elderly woman, was taken to the hospital on February 27th, 2018. While going to the hospital was the right course of action, the decision to seek medical care was far too late.
Throughout the day, the lawsuit alleges that the patient was “screaming, crying, and bleating” because of the pain she was experiencing. She was only given a mild pain killer which didn’t help. She was allowed to suffer for hours. Then, later in the day, her caretakers were unable to find her pulse or get a blood pressure reading. Instead of taking immediate action, the staff waited three hours before calling for an ambulance.
The resident died in the hospital later that day. Her physicians say she was severely dehydrated and may not have been given water for three days.
A second resident also died on the same day and was noted to have significant weight loss and was unresponsive. A report was made by the hospital and state officials alerted. The state investigated and the nursing home was fined nearly $78,000 for various issues that were discovered. This isn’t the first time that an investigation has resulted in fines at that particular facility.
The legal process can be long but with good reason. The majority of the time it takes to prepare a lawsuit is spent collecting the evidence needed to prove the claim. This process is known as discovery and can take several months.
When a civil lawsuit is filed the purpose is to recover compensation that will cover losses such as physical pain, emotional suffering, medical bills, and funeral costs. However, in some cases, punitive damages may also be available.
When punitive damages are awarded to a plaintiff, the court is trying to send a message to the defendant that their behavior or lack of appropriate action is not acceptable. Punitive damages are considered a punishment.
You might think that a state inspection will result in a nursing home learning a lesson or the staff changing policy. Sadly, even heavy fines don’t often result in better care for other residents.
A nursing home lawsuit can send a message to those in charge and may result in compensation that is far beyond any fines that may be issued. However, a successful outcome is highly unlikely without help from an experienced attorney who is exceedingly familiar with nursing home laws.
At Pa Nursing Home Lawyers, our attorneys focus entirely on helping the ill and elderly who have been harmed in a nursing home. We can provide examples of successful settlements and verdicts to those seeking a consultation.
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