Husband Sues Over Wife’s Preventable Death in Nursing Home

In a recent lawsuit that our Washington D.C. nursing home attorneys have been following, an Illinois nursing home has recently been sued for nursing home neglect for failing to properly care for a resident and to detect healthcare problems that allegedly led to the resident’s death.

According to the lawsuit, 63-year-old Carol Harrison was admitted to Maple Ridge nursing home in June of 2009 in an effort to help wean her from the ventilator that she was put on after going into a coma during an operation performed to remove a tumor from her lungs. The operation was reportedly successful, and after she emerged from a coma, Harrison was expected to recover and return home.

The lawsuit, filed by Harrison’s husband Thomas Harrison, claims that while a resident of the Maple Ridge nursing home, the home neglected to properly care for his wife, and due to a 16-hour delay in discovering a health problem that was later revealed to be deep-vein-thrombosis, Harrison was forced to endure a leg amputation that led to her alleged quick demise and death on August 1, 2009.

This is the second nursing home death that Maple Ridge has been linked to from 2009. The home reportedly paid the state a $6,500 fine in connection to the failure to resuscitate a dying female resident in 2009, three months before Carol Harrison’s death.

As our nursing home attorneys in Washington County reported in a recent blog, according to the Resident’s Bill of Rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, all residents are entitled to have their medical, social, physical and psychological needs accommodated, as well as the right to exercise self determination, their right to resuscitation, and to experience in advance with full disclosure about any possible changes in treatment, health care, or status within the nursing home.

In Washington D.C., Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC represent victims of nursing home abuse and negligence. Call our lawyers today at 1-800-654-1949 for a free consultation about your nursing home rights.

Lincoln nursing home sued over care of resident, Bloomingdale Press, January 13, 2011

Related Web Resources:

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Maryland Department of Aging

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