In Hawaii, when a death is caused by another party’s negligence, the victim’s estate is able to take legal action on behalf of the decedent. This seems to be the case after a recent death that was allegedly connected to negligence in a nursing home. A man was apparently admitted to the facility in 2014 without any signs of skin injuries or disease; that reportedly changed greatly over the next months.
A special administrator of the deceased man’s estate has filed a legal claim against the nursing and rehabilitation center and other entities. The claim states that the man suffered severe sores in the areas of his hip, scrotum and lower back. It is alleged that negligent care on the part of medical staff led to the sores, which eventually became infected.
The man is said to have suffered sepsis, necessitating surgery in Oct. 2014. Approximately one month later, he was transferred to a special facility because he was still suffering from infection. Sadly, he succumbed to his condition in late Nov. 2014.
The recently filed lawsuit asserts that medical negligence ultimately led to his death. The claim also says that the death may have been prevented had nursing staff properly tended to the man whom they knew was at risk for bed sores when he was admitted to the facility. Many Hawaii families have experienced similar situations when loved ones have been injured or died in nursing homes. When the suspected cause of an injury or death is substandard medical care, an attorney can help a victim (or an immediate family member of a deceased victim) pursue justice by seeking compensation for damages.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Estate of deceased man sues nursing home, alleges negligence“, Serenity Hansberry, March 6, 2016