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Wrongful Death Lawsuits And Alabama Nursing Homes
Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter what stage in life. Losing a loved one because of nursing home abuse and neglect is absolutely heartbreaking. You made the difficult decision to put your loved one in that nursing home because you trusted that they would be cared for and have the best possible quality of life. When negligent nursing homes break that promise, Braswell Murphy, LLC fights to hold them responsible.
It’s not unusual for people to die in nursing homes, of course. People who are there are usually close to the end of their lives. Most residents can still look forward to years of healthy, happy living. Abuse and neglect steal those years away, leaving behind loved ones who never had the chance to say goodbye.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims In Alabama
Under Alabama law, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate, or usually their closest surviving relative, can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Alabama law only allows wrongful death plaintiffs to sue for punitive damages and you need to prove that the nursing home’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.
That’s a high bar to clear, but it is possible. For example, you may have a wrongful death case if the nursing home was understaffed or knowingly hired or retained an employee with a history of abusing or neglecting residents. You may also have a case if the nursing home concealed or destroyed records in order to hide evidence of abuse or neglect. There are many negligent practices in Alabama nursing homes, and we know how to investigate nursing homes to find that evidence.
We Have A Proven Track Record Of Holding Nursing Homes Accountable
Nursing homes are trusted to take care of vulnerable people. When they fail to meet that responsibility, they need to be held accountable. A lawsuit can’t bring your loved one back, but it can provide closure by clearly establishing that his or her death was the nursing home’s fault. It also sends a strong message that we won’t tolerate negligence here in Alabama – which helps to protect other families from suffering similar losses in the future.