I am sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. You ask an important question that could affect whether her estate, and thereby her children or other heirs, are able to recover damages. Generally, the fact that your mother passed away in the hospital rather than at the scene of her fall will not stop her estate from bringing a wrongful death claim or recovering damages. It is not the place where your mother died that is relevant—it is why she died.
Proving a Case of Nursing Home Negligence
If your mother fell at a Louisville area nursing home and was taken to University Hospital or Norton Hospital for treatment prior to her death, then her estate will need to prove that:
- The nursing home, or nursing home staff, was negligent in your mother’s care. In other words the nursing home or a specific staff member did not act reasonably in providing care to your mother.
- The lack of reasonable care led to your mother’s fall.
- Your mother’s fall was the reason why she died.
If your mother’s estate can prove the elements of its case, then damages may be recovered and the nursing home may be held liable for the neglect which led to your mother’s death.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.