Earlier last month, the State of California cited and fined a nursing home facility after it was determined that lapses in care at the facility led to the death of a resident. According to one local news source, the facility was fined $100,000 and issued a Class “AA” Citation, which is the most serious in the State.
Evidently, last July one of the home’s residents choked on a piece of food while eating in the home’s dining area. The woman ultimately suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away a few days after the incident. After an official investigation, it was determined that the actions of the nursing home in failing to provide adequate supervision played a major role in the woman’s death.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) initiated an official investigation after the woman’s death, and it determined “the facility failed to provide a safe dining experience and failed to implement their care plan to consistently assist and assure that safe eating occurred.” The CDPH also told reporters that the woman had a known history of delusional thought and difficulty swallowing, and she was known to attempt to eat quickly without properly chewing her food.
There is no indication if there will be any sort of civil case filed against the nursing home facility by the woman’s survivors.
Nursing Home Negligence in Maryland
While this tragic case of nursing home neglect took place in California, the same lapses in care occur regularly in Maryland. Thankfully, Maryland law permits those who suffer from injuries arising from the inadequate care they receive at Maryland nursing home facilities to recover financially for their injuries.
Proving a case against a negligent nursing home can vary in complexity and difficulty, depending on the facts surrounding the incident. In some cases in which there has been an official investigation conducted, such as the one in the case discussed above, much of the investigative work has been done. However, a lack of an investigation does not mean that recovery is not a possibility. It merely means that a private investigation must be conducted to look into the circumstances of the injury or death. To learn more about nursing home injury lawsuits, contact a dedicated Maryland nursing home injury attorney today.
Has Your Loved One Unnecessarily Suffered in a Maryland Nursing Home?
If you have a loved one in a Maryland nursing home, and you believe that they have unnecessarily suffered due to the neglect or abuse of an employee, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Nursing homes, however, are usually prepared to defend against these kinds of lawsuits, and it is best to retain dedicated counsel to assist you in the preparation and presentation of your case. To make sure that you are treated with the respect and dignity you deserve, contact the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. To speak with an attorney today, call 410-654-3600. Calling is free and incurs no obligation on your behalf.
See More Blog Posts:
Kentucky Nursing Home Required to Pay $18 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published July 27, 2015.
Maryland Family Claims Nursing Home Was Negligent, Resulting in Loved One’s Early Death, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published July 6, 2015.