Two men have recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of their mother, who died while living in a nursing home. The men were informed by the nursing home that their mother had died on December 13, 2011, after suffering a subdural and subarachnoid hematoma.
Although devastated by the loss of their mother, the men understood that medical conditions often take devastating tolls on elderly patients. The men were shocked to later discover that the facility lied to them concerning their mother’s cause of death. The family learned from an evening news program that the coroner’s office had actually ruled that their mother’s cause of death was homicide.
Apparently, an Alzheimer’s patient attacked the woman in the dining room when no staff were present. Injuries she sustained from the attack caused her death. When the two sons went to the nursing home for answers, staff members ignored them. The victim’s family does not blame the other resident, but is upset that the nursing home lied to them. They are moreover concerned about the lack of supervision provided by the staff.
The family sought a public apology, as well as $30,000 to cover the woman’s hospital bills, from the nursing home. The nursing home, however, has refused to accept accountability.