A 77-year-old Wyoming nursing home resident and one other person are dead, and three others injured, after a shooting occurred near the nursing home where the perpetrator lived. A local news report was recently published describing the shooting, which began at about 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 14, outside the nursing facility. The condition and identities of the injured victims have not been released to the public, but the perpetrator, who turned the gun on himself after initially fleeing the scene of the shooting, was identified as a 77-year-old resident of an apartment complex adjacent to the nursing facility.
According to the news report from the scene of the fatal shooting, there may have been personal issues behind the man’s motivation to commit the shooting, although there were conflicting reports of what happened. It is possible that the perpetrator suffered from a mental health condition and should not have been in possession of a firearm in the days and hours leading up to the shooting.
Nursing Facilities’ Responsibility to Keep Residents Reasonably Safe
Residents living in nursing facilities across the country, as well as their families, have a reasonable expectation that residents will be kept safe from foreseeable harm by other residents or conditions at the facility. If the owners or management of a nursing facility or senior living center fail to exercise due care to keep residents safe from reasonably foreseeable harm caused by other residents, the operators may be liable for damages for negligence.
Victims of violent or negligent conduct in a nursing facility or senior living center may have a cause of action to receive compensation related to the injuries they may have sustained because of the negligent conduct of an employee or operator of the facility. This type of lawsuit relies on the duty that a nursing home has to protect those for whom they care, and it is heavily dependent upon the circumstances of each individual case.
Maryland Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
If you have a family member who is suffering or has suffered injuries or death as a result of the negligence of nursing home staff, or the dangerous intentional conduct of another resident, the skilled Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC may be able to assist with your claim for damages. Our Maryland and Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys have held large corporations responsible for the negligent or careless conduct of a nursing home employee, and we will fight for the damages that you deserve. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we represent clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the entire D.C. area in nursing home abuse and neglect cases, as well as wrongful death claims. Call us toll-free at 1-800-654-1949 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Deceased Woman’s Family Files Wrongful Death Claim Against Nursing Facility, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published September 9, 2016.
Federal Government Expands Regulations to Protect Nursing Home Patients from Other Types of Abuse, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published August 19, 2016.