Empty hospital bedIt depends. While every pneumonia-related nursing home death is sad, not every pneumonia-related death is the result of nursing home abuse or neglect. In order to bring a successful wrongful death claim, you will need to prove that your loved one’s death was the result of nursing home abuse or neglect.

More specifically, you will need to prove that the nursing home failed to act with reasonable care toward your loved one and that the failure to act with reasonable care resulted in your loved one’s death.

How Pneumonia Can Be Caused by Nursing Home Neglect

People in nursing homes are typically more susceptible to pneumonia than people in the general population. While nursing home staff do not purposely infect residents with pneumonia, nursing home neglect may allow the infection to progress and become fatal. For example, nursing home staff should be aware of the symptoms of pneumonia and take prompt action to have a qualified medical provider examine any resident who could have this type of infection. Prompt treatment could prevent the infection from becoming fatal and the failure to provide this treatment could be nursing home neglect.

Find Out More Before You File a Wrongful Death Case

In order to file a successful wrongful death claim, you are going to have to prove that it was nursing home neglect and not the pneumonia itself that killed your loved one. This is going to require evidence including medical records, nursing home records, and witness testimony.

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.

 

Mark K. Gray
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