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Neglect at nursing home may have caused wrongful death

While not everyone is a medical expert, most people in New Jersey can identify when their body is not functioning normally. A person in a nursing home who suspects they are ill rely on staff to ensure that adequate care is provided. Unfortunately, the family of one out-of-state man claims that failure to address the man's medical concerns ultimately led to his death. The case could ultimately result in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Family members of the deceased 64-year-old victim claim that he had relatively few health problems. Although he suffered from diabetes, he was sent to the nursing home with the goal of losing weight so that he could undergo knee replacement surgery. However, his niece claims that he began to complain of severe constipation that involved pain significant enough to bring tears to his eyes.

His family has accused the nursing home of ignoring his complaints. After his death, loved ones claimed they observed a brown substance coming from his mouth. An employee at the facility claimed that the man reported vomiting a substance that he said could have been fecal matter. A health care professional claims that an untreated, severe case of constipation could become fatal -- a condition known as fecal emesis. An official cause of death has not been determined.

Families who lose a loved one due to nursing home neglect are often left wondering about their options. In some instances in New Jersey, the most appropriate course of action may be filing a wrongful death lawsuit. By doing so, those who have lost a loved one due to negligence on the part of a care facility can help prevent future patients and their families from suffering similarly.

Source:, "7 Eyewitness News Investigation: Another Patient Dies at Niagara Rehabilitation & Nursing", Nov. 21, 2016

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