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Why should you report nursing home abuse or neglect?

When you place your loved one in a nursing home, the last thing you would expect is to find out that they've passed away suddenly. You may have many questions about what happened and why, especially if they were not ill or in poor physical shape.

Wrongful deaths do take place in nursing homes as a result of abuse and neglect. For example, if a medical provider fails to give your loved one certain medications, then their medical conditions could go untreated and lead to serious consequences. Similarly, failing to guarantee that the person is drinking enough water or eating each day can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and potentially death.

What should you do if you lose your loved one due to nursing home abuse or neglect?

If you believe that your loved one was exposed to abuse or neglect in a nursing home, it's important to bring the case to the attention of your attorney. Whether it's psychological abuse, physical neglect or other breaches in the standard of care you expected, it's important to hold the nursing home responsible for its actions.

You may feel that you don't want to start a lawsuit against the facility, or you may think that there's no point. The truth is that starting a lawsuit is one good way to help protect other residents at the facility. An investigation can take place, and the facility will be held accountable for the actions the led to your loved one's injuries and death. There's nothing that will bring them back, but your actions could help others.

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