How To Handle A Loved One’s Passing At A Nursing Home
If your loved one has recently passed away while living at a nursing home, this is a difficult time for you. Our hope is that we can make this process easier for you to navigate, both logistically and legally. In this article, we’ll detail what to do if your loved one has passed away at nursing home. You may find that you should call a nursing home negligence attorney.
Find out what happened
First, it depends on the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s passing. If you don’t suspect any wrongdoing, the process is straightforward. You’ll have to go through the process of getting the death certificate and handling how the body is going to be dealt with.
If you suspect wrongdoing on the part of nursing home staff, such as negligence or abuse, it’s a much more complicated process. You’ll want to talk to a nursing home negligence attorney as soon as possible. Even if you don’t suspect wrongdoing, do a little investigating before you automatically accept the nursing home’s version of events that led to the death.
Understand your rights
Under the law, many things can constitute wrongdoing by the nursing home. Medical malpractice, negligence, and abuse can all lead to preventable deaths in nursing homes. Look for evidence of one or more of these things. You can talk to staff members, take photographs, or request records as long as you stay within your legal rights.
Talk to a nursing home negligence attorney
The laws—especially those surrounding malpractice—are complicated, and what you think may be evidence might not be admissible in court.
Your best course of action is to call a nursing home negligence attorney. The attorney can help you gather evidence by requesting records, interviewing staff and management, and filing lawsuits, if necessary. Otherwise, you’re left to fend for yourself against a nursing home that is probably well-equipped to fight against claims of negligence with lawyers of their own.
If your loved one has died while in the care of a nursing home and its staff, call the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo to talk to a nursing home negligence attorney. Even if you think the death was due to natural causes, a legal professional can help you know what questions to ask to make sure. Call now at 888-487-8318. Or visit the rest of our website to learn more about our variety of service offerings.
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