Nursing home elopement, also known as wandering, is a serious concern for families with elderly loved ones residing in long-term care facilities.
Nursing home residents are expected to be kept safe and under vigilant care.
Too often, nursing home residents wander and escape from facilities and tragic situations occur as a result.
Nursing home elopement cases are the fault of nursing home staff members and management, whose sole purpose is keeping residents safe and healthy.
Vulnerable nursing home residents often require around-the-clock care and may suffer from health problems that put them at risk for serious injuries if left alone and given the ability to wander.
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Nursing home elopement (a type of nursing home neglect) refers to the act of an elderly resident leaving a nursing home or assisted living facility without supervision or authorization.
Elopement and wondering are serious issues as it puts the resident’s health and safety at risk, especially if they have cognitive or physical impairments.
Several factors can contribute to nursing home elopement, but all lead back to the nursing home staff members failure to protect residents.
The most common causes of elopement in nursing homes include:
Nursing home wandering or elopement can lead to significant injuries and death.
When an elderly person leaves a nursing home facility or assisted living facility, they are left without access to medication and proper care.
Serious injuries and even death can result from nursing homes elopement:
Keith Law Group is representing family members of elderly adults who have wandered from nursing homes and subsequently been injured or passed away.
Currently, we are filing suit alongside Tom Wagstaff against The Brookfield at Highland Crossing and Brookfield Assisted Living LLC in Bella Vista, AR.
Barbara Doyle had been admitted to the Brookfield facility for three days while her husband attended their granddaughters’ first communion in Ohio.
Within three hours of being admitted, Mrs. Doyle left the facility through an exit door.
She was found 13 days later about a quarter mile away from the facility, having succumbed due to environmental stress.
The lawsuit claims Brookfield was negligent by:
Elopement in nursing homes happens more often than you might think.
Resident wandering is almost as common as elder abuse in nursing homes.
Below are a few recent examples of nursing home resident elopement that have appeared in the news:
If your loved one was injured or died due to injuries resulting from nursing home wandering or elopement, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the nursing home staff, management or any other party responsible for your relative’s safety.
Keith Law Group is experienced in handling Nursing Home Abuse cases and we can help you and your family members secure the compensation you are rightfully owed.
In a Nursing Home Abuse or Nursing Home Elopement Lawsuit, there are some crucial steps you must take.
These steps can be completed with the help of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer:
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Evidence is important in any personal injury case, but it is especially important in cases involving the injury or death of nursing home residents.
Types of evidence to gather for nursing home abuse cases may include:
It’s important to gather and safely retain all evidence relevant to your case.
If there is any evidence you are having trouble securing, your nursing home abuse lawyer will help you gather and retain it.
Elopement in nursing homes can result in serious injuries and even death for wandering patients.
With no access to medication and proper care, and dozens of unforeseen obstacles in escaping and wandering in an area nearby the nursing home, residents are susceptible to major injury and deadly situations.
The dangers can be exacerbated especially if a resident suffers from mental impairment or other cognitive impairments.
Damages in a lawsuit regarding elopement in nursing homes may include the following:
Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer will help you understand and assess all damages relating to the elopement of your elderly family member.
They will then file a claim against the responsible parties: the nursing home, assisted living facility and/or their staff.
Keith Law Group and Brookfield Assisted Living in Bella Vista settled a lawsuit for $2 million after Barbara Doyle, a 74-year-old resident, went missing and was found dead 13 days later.
Her body was discovered in the woods near the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista during a search operation.
The search involved multiple agencies and covered over 1,500 acres using various means like ATVs, vehicles, boats, bikes, horseback, and drones.
Here are three (3) resources if you would like to read further about this settlement:
Nursing home facilities are expected to keep elderly residents safe and healthy, providing them with top-notch care regardless of any mental impairment or other medical conditions.
We trust these nursing home facilities and assisted living facilities with the lives of our family members, and when tragedy strikes, we are left wondering whether we could have prevented what happened.
When a nursing home fails to protect its vulnerable patients, legal action is one of the best routes to hold them accountable and make sure they prevent future incidents of elopement and abuse.
Do not let your family navigate this difficult situation alone.
Contact Keith Law Group for a free consultation and discuss your legal options today. We are here to help you.
You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for a lawsuit instantly.