I just got a call that my mother was killed while eloping from a Kentucky nursing home. I was too stunned to ask questions, but now I have many. I’m pretty sure that my elderly mother didn’t run off and get married, so what is eloping? What do I do now?

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. There is no way to emotionally prepare for the accidental death of a parent, even if your parent is elderly or sick. It is understandable that you have questions and that you want them answered by someone whom you can trust.

 

You are correct that, in this context, eloping form a Kentucky nursing home has nothing to do with marriage. Instead, elopement means that your mother left the nursing home unsupervised and without permission. For many elderly people, particularly those with dementia or physical impairments this can be both dangerous and deadly.

 

Unfortunately, there is no way to go back and prevent the elopement or your mother’s untimely death, but that doesn’t mean that you are without options. Now, you can arrange for a proper funeral for your mother, you can remember your mother for the person that she was, and you can consult with a Louisville wrongful death lawyer about your legal options.

 

You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover compensation for your mother’s medical expenses prior to death, funeral expenses, and other costs resulting from the elopement and resulting death. For more information, please call an experienced Louisville wrongful death attorney today at 800.634.8767 or 502.210.8942 to schedule a free consultation.

Matthew L. White
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