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California death blamed on nursing home neglect

When a loved one's condition necessitates his or her taking up residence in a nursing home or assisted care facility, a California resident, as those in all other states, has the right to reasonably assume that his or her family member will be cared for according to the highest levels of safety standards and professionalism. When nursing home neglect leads to a resident's injury, illness or death, immediate family members have recourse through the law by filing legal claims in court. In a recent case, a man's death is being blamed on substandard care in the nursing home where he resided.

The man who died was a burn victim who had suffered serious burns over 90 percent of his body years ago. The Attorney General has said that the nursing and wellness center where he was a resident was grossly negligent in caring for him. Charges of involuntary manslaughter have been filed against the nursing home.

Allegations against the facility state that staff members did not examine the man often enough. The state says that the facility's negligence led to severe weight loss, pneumonia and sepsis of the resident. Reportedly, it is not the first time the nursing home has been at the center of a state and/or federal investigation for alleged violations.

Nursing home neglect can cause residents to suffer serious injury or illness. In worst cases, as in the above-mentioned California case, improper care can result in death. In such cases, if immediate family members choose to file a legal claim on behalf of their deceased loved one, the court may award compensation that can then be used to help offset any funeral costs, medical bills or other expenses related to the incident.

Source:, "Charges filed in south state nursing home death", Marjie Lundstrom, Aug. 28, 2015

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