Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Terry Crouppen who has more than 40 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.

Dealing with a nursing home wrongful death can be an overwhelmingly painful experience. When you entrust the care of a loved one to a nursing home, you expect them to receive high-quality services and uncompromising respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you suspect that a nursing home caused the wrongful death of your loved one, do not wait to take legal action.

Our leading personal injury law firm is here to help you fight for justice, accountability, and compensation. With our extensive experience and compassionate, client-centered approach, we will help you navigate this challenging time. While you focus on caring for your family, we will handle your nursing home wrongful death lawsuit. Call us at (800) 536-4357 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.

What Types of Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases Do We Take?

Nursing home quality can range from excellent to inhumane. Negligence that leads to wrongful deaths in nursing homes can take many forms. If you suspect a nursing home has harmed your loved one in any manner, our talented legal team can help. Here are some potential injuries and scenarios that can give rise to a nursing home lawsuit:

  • Bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Bone fractures or head injuries from falls
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Medication errors
  • Physical abuse 
  • Infections
  • Asphyxiation or choking

If you suspect nursing home abuse, speak with a knowledgeable nursing home abuse lawyer and report abuse to the proper authorities as soon as possible. We understand the profound physical and emotional impact nursing home abuse can have. By addressing these issues head-on, our firm seeks to provide closure and compensation for affected families. We also push for improvements in nursing home care standards, working to ensure safer environments for nursing home residents across Missouri, from Kansas City to St. Louis and everywhere in between.

How Can Our Law Firm Prove a Nursing Home Was Negligent?

Proving negligence in a nursing home setting requires gathering compelling evidence that demonstrates a breach of the duty of care owed to the resident. Our experienced lawyers understand how to build a strong case to prove the nursing home’s actions led to your loved one’s wrongful death. Among other things, important evidence may include:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Staffing records
  • Surveillance footage
  • Expert testimony

Causes of Nursing Home Negligence

Negligence in nursing homes can arise from various issues, such as:

Understaffing and Inadequate Training

Understaffed nursing homes cannot provide adequate care to each resident. When staff are overworked or lack the necessary training, critical needs like feeding, hygiene, and medication management may be neglected, leading to serious health complications or death. Our nursing home wrongful death team will scrutinize staffing records and training protocols to uncover any signs of neglect.

Medical Negligence

Mistakes in prescribing or administering medications, failure to diagnose and treat health conditions promptly, and inadequate monitoring of a resident’s health can all lead to fatal outcomes. We will meticulously sift through medical records and consult with experts to determine if there was a failure to meet the minimum standard of care in the nursing home.

Abuse and Physical Neglect

Sadly, neglect and physical abuse by staff or other residents can lead to life-threatening injuries and health conditions. Incidents such as unattended falls, untreated bedsores, or physical assaults can be fatal. Our attorneys are skilled at identifying signs of nursing home abuse and neglect and taking decisive legal action.

Inadequate Supervision

Residents, especially those with cognitive impairments like dementia, require constant supervision. A lack of oversight can lead to wandering residents. They may become injured or engage in dangerous behavior that can result in fatal incidents. We will assess the supervision protocols of the facility to pinpoint lapses in care and oversight.

Systemic Issues

Problems like mismanagement, negligent policies, and inadequate facility maintenance can create unsafe living conditions. These problems are chronic in many Missouri nursing homes.

What Types of Compensation Are Available for Family Members?

When a loved one dies due to nursing home carelessness in Missouri, you may be entitled to various types of compensation to address the financial and emotional toll, including:

  • Medical expenses – Compensation can be awarded for medical bills incurred treating fatal injuries, including for hospital stays, treatment, and medication.
  • Funeral and burial costs – Families can recover costs associated with funeral services and burial, alleviating the considerable financial burden during mourning.
  • Loss of companionship – Family members may be eligible to receive compensation for emotional distress and loss of companionship, guidance, and support.
  • Pain and suffering – Compensation may be awarded for the pain and suffering your loved one experienced.

Our team will work diligently to calculate your damages accurately and fully, advocating for maximum compensation that reflects the loss experienced by your family.

Who Can Sue a Nursing Home for Wrongful Death?

In Missouri, the following parties may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home:

  • Immediate family members – Spouses, children, and grandchildren are the primary individuals who can file a wrongful death claim.
  • Parents – If the deceased was unmarried and childless, their parents can bring a wrongful death claim.
  • Siblings – In the absence of a spouse, children, grandchildren, and living parents, the deceased’s siblings or their descendants may file the claim.

Each case is unique, and the eligibility to sue depends on various factors. Our nursing home attorneys can help you file your lawsuit in Missouri courts.

How Can Brown & Crouppen Help?

Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Missouri involves navigating complex legal processes and strict filing deadlines. Brown & Crouppen is ready to guide you and protect your rights. Our services include the following: 

  • Case evaluation – The first step is setting up your free case evaluation with our skilled nursing home wrongful death attorneys. We will explain your legal options and give you an approximate timeline of how your case may unfold. 
  • Filing the lawsuit – We will gather all the necessary evidence and carefully prepare your case. Gathering strong evidence is crucial for proving negligence and wrongful death.
  • Settlement – The nursing home may attempt to settle the claim out of court. Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf for full and fair compensation.
  • Representation in court – If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will advocate on your behalf in court.

In Missouri, the wrongful death statute of limitations is normally three years from the date of death. Missing the deadline will result in your case being dismissed in court. Our legal team will handle all aspects of your case promptly and efficiently, safeguarding your right to file before the deadline.

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Get started with a free consultation with one of our skilled Personal Injury Lawyers today.

Brown & Crouppen Nursing Home Abuse Settlements

Our team has a proven track record of securing significant compensation for clients affected by nursing home abuse and wrongful death. These nursing home abuse settlements provide financial relief to families while holding negligent facilities accountable for their actions. Here are just two examples of our firm’s case results in this area:

  • $1 million wrongful death settlement – In a heart-wrenching case, a client’s mother sustained severe burns during an altercation at a care facility. The incident led to hospitalization due to the severity of the burns, which eventually resulted in her death. Brown & Crouppen vigorously pursued justice for the family, securing a $1 million settlement.
  • $500,000 wrongful death settlement – In another case, a client’s mother was subjected to grossly negligent care in a nursing home, developing stage 4 bed sores due to inadequate attention and medical care. The condition was so severe that life support had to be terminated. Our firm secured a $500,000 settlement.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death in a nursing home, we are standing by to ensure you know your full legal rights and options. Our award-winning legal team is ready to listen to your story and discuss how we can help you seek justice. Call us at (800) 536-4357 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.


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