Another nursing home makes the news again for an all too frequent occurrence: facilities abandoning residents outside the building, leading to death from exposure of the outdoor elements. The most recent case to make the news involved a nursing home that left a 90 year old resident outside in 90 degree heat, forgotten, for three hours. He was left in a wheelchair where he suffered heat stroke, dehydration and eventually cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, abandoning a resident, leaving him outside and exposed to the outdoor elements is often fatal.
Which begs the question: why does this keep on happening across the country in nursing homes? Understaffing, lack of training and lack of care.
When a nursing home abandons its residents outside or does not take steps to protect memory impaired residents from wandering outside the facility and the resident is later found injured or dead, you should contact your State Department of Public Health to file a complaint. Wendy York and the team at York Law Firm have been handling cases where residents who have been neglected or a facility has not protected memory impaired residents as a part of their elder abuse practice for almost 20 years. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or believe your family has a wrongful death claim, please call our office so that we can investigate your case at 916-643-2200 or contact us online. We are dedicated to representing families whose elders and dependent adults who have been injured, neglected or abused.
To read more about the most recent story of a nursing home leaving a 90 year old resident outside in 90 degree heat forgotten about for over three hours, click here: http://wtvr.com/2014/08/28/florida-man-left-outside-at-nursing-home-goes-into-cardiac-arrest/.