According to the 2010 Census, although more elderly people are choosing to live at home or in assisted-living facilities, about 1.5 million people still live in nursing homes. Of those elderly people still living in a nursing home, most suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Winter wandering is especially dangerous to these patients, because they do not realize the harm they are posing to themselves such as exposing themselves to hypothermia.
Hypothermia is defined as a decrease in body temperature to less than 94.1 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, hypothermia is a highly preventable illness, killing approximately 600 people each year in the United States. Without immediate efforts to reverse the body’s core temperature, loss and restore it to safer levels, hypothermia can quickly lead to an unsafe loss of physical and mental abilities, unconsciousness and death.
Our Michigan personal injury law firm has a thorough understanding of lawsuits involving wandering cases against Michigan nursing homes or assisted living facilities. If you believe you or a family member has been neglected at a Michigan nursing home our experienced nursing home lawyers can help you.
Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Resident Death From Winter Wandering
We trust nursing home facilities and their staff members to keep our loved ones safe. Sometimes, because of age, dementia or other medical conditions, our loved ones require additional observation to keep them from wandering away from a nursing home. These residents are the most vulnerable to dangers outside the facility. Unfortunately, residents of nursing home facilities don’t always receive the observation they require. Sometimes this is the result of inadequate training of nursing home staff. Other times it results when an inadequate number of properly trained staff members are assigned to care for the residents.
Regardless of the cause, when a Michigan nursing home fails to prevent a resident from wandering away from the facility, during the winter months, that resident can be put in a dangerous situation and it may result in death. If your loved one died from wandering at a nursing home during the Michigan winter, that nursing home facility is responsible for failing to prevent him or her from wandering. You need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney willing to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorney
If a loved one died or suffered hypothermia due wandering away from Michigan nursing home in winter, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home wrongful death attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately and gather the necessary evidence to prove and win your case. We will also get you the real answers as to what happened and how it happened. We have a top track record of successful settlements and verdicts in nursing home neglect wrongful death cases in Michigan and we can do the same for you. Call today for your free consultation and learn your legal rights!