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Nursing Home Wrongful Death Questions

Must nursing homes follow certain safety rules?

Federal and state laws require nursing homes to follow very high safety standards designed to protect the safety of residents. Despite these regulations, as many as 30% of all nursing homes are cited each year for failing to follow these laws, according to The Bureau of Justice Statistics. Some experts believe the true number of cases is widely underreported. Brain trauma, head injuries, falls, medication errors, and mistreatment of residents are all too common and must be stopped.

What types of nursing home injuries might lead to wrongful death?

  • Bed sores
  • Falls
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Wandering away from the premises
  • Excessive or otherwise improper use of chemical or physical restraints
  • Medication errors

Will I be able to prove the nursing home’s responsibility for my loved one’s death?

Your loved one has nursing home resident rights that protect their health and welfare. Sometimes abuse is obvious, and the offender can be swiftly brought to justice. More often, the evidence is not as clear-cut. If you suspect abuse, consult with the knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorneys at Cullan & Cullan immediately to begin a thorough investigation of your case. Depending on the manner in which your loved one passed away, an autopsy may or may not be indicated.

Who should perform my loved one’s autopsy?

If an autopsy is indicated because your loved one’s death appears suspicious, insist that the procedure is performed at a facility other than where your loved one died. Select your autopsy physician with care. Some physicians may be less than objective, producing results that favor the nursing home. Cullan & Cullan, includes lawyers who are also doctors, and we can help you fight nursing home abuse.

What are the advantages of working with lawyers who are also doctors?

A knowledgeable nursing home abuse and neglect attorney should have a thorough understanding of both the law and medicine. In fact, a background in medicine may be even more important in the event of nursing home abuse and neglect. Gene Cullan, J.D., Ph.D. and Dr. Sam Cullan are AV-rated trial attorneys who understand the numerous complex legal issues inherent in both industries. We offer an intimate knowledge of the standards of care for nursing homes. We have first-hand experience with consequences that may occur due to an understaffed healthcare facility. Cullan & Cullan may be able to help you explore your legal options and choose the best solution.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse due to nursing home neglect in the Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Cullan & Cullan today for a free confidential consultation.


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