When a loved one dies while in the care of a nursing home or assisted-living facility, it may be hard for family members and other loved ones to know if that death resulted from negligence or the actions of medical personnel or staff members at the facility. The managers of the facility may work to convince loved ones that the death could not have been prevented.
At Greene & Schultz, we handle wrongful death cases involving nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, accidents and other careless, reckless or wrongful acts where negligent parties are responsible for a fatality. We can work to determine whether a loved one’s death can and should be legally considered a “wrongful death.” A wrongful death, according to the law, is one that could have been avoided or prevented.
We understand that no legal action or amount of compensation can bring back a loved one. However, a wrongful death suits provide families with the opportunity to seek justice and hold guilty parties accountable. These lawsuits, particularly against health care professionals, nursing homes and premises where a fatal accident has occurred, can also help prevent others from suffering the same fate.
Of course, compensation is an important component of these suits for many families. It can help cover medical bills and funeral costs as well as lost wages if the family depended on their lost loved one for support. With wrongful death suits, plaintiffs can also seek damages for less-easily calculable things like loss of companionship and pain and suffering.
In most cases, the statute of limitations in Indiana and Illinois for bringing a wrongful death suit is two years. However, there are exceptions where notice must be given earlier than that. That’s why it’s essential, if you believe that you may have a wrongful death suit, to consult with us as soon as possible. Call or contact us to discuss your case and find out if we can help you seek justice for your loved one and your family.