When a loved one slips into senility and their family can no longer provide them the care they deserve, many families look to nursing homes for help. Unfortunately, there are some disheartening statistics surrounding nursing homes and the abuse of the elderly each year. More than two million cases of elder abuse are reported every year, and almost one out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse. In the most severe cases, this abuse can lead to an untimely death. This is when you need a wrongful death lawyer. At McGinity Law Firm, Douglas McGinity has years of experience representing individuals and families in the greater New Orleans area with wrongful death cases.
The statistics supporting these cases of elder abuse in nursing homes are frequently incomplete. Many elderly residents of those homes are unable to communicate effectively due to physical or mental infirmities. Other elders may fear retaliation from nursing home staff members if they report incidents of abuse or neglect. For many elderly people, their prescriptions are poorly managed, their physical treatment is rough and abusive, and if this is prolonged, it may result in death.
The situation of wrongful death arises as a result of the actions of a negligent, or intentional, party attributing to the death of another. These actions of negligence or intentional misconduct can arise from car or truck accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, chemical exposure, etc.. For a claim to be justified, beneficiaries must have incurred suffering as a result of the victim’s death. In New Orleans, LA, wrongful death sufferings include loss of companionship, mental, affection, love, support, services, future support, and medical expenses. As per Louisiana’s statute of limitations, a claim must be filed within one year of the date of the victim’s death.
If your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of another person, you don’t have to face it alone. Wrongful death lawyer, Douglas McGinity, is willing to take your case and fight to get the compensation that you deserve.