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A home for the disabled and a wrongful death

One of the most difficult decisions a family may make is to entrust a family member with special needs to the care of others. The need for such a decision to be made can result from the lack of means to care for the individual at home or concern for the person's safety or for the family's safety. Such a decision led to a wrongful death at a New Jersey home for the disabled.

A 68-year-old woman resided at the Woodbridge Developmental Center for 17 years. For most of that time, she received good care, according to her sisters. However, after a budgetary decision to close the facility was reached in 2012, conditions deteriorated. There were staff cuts, staff reassignments and patient transfers that may have contributed to the deterioration in the quality of care.

The 68-year-old woman suffered numerous injuries and did not receive adequate care for those injuries. The woman's sisters stated that the situation at the center became chaotic after the closing was announced and staff levels were reduced. One of the woman's injuries was a broken leg that happened while she was unsupervised. She passed away from pneumonia while recuperating from the injury.

An incident such as the above could be very hard on a family in New Jersey. While a wrongful death claim can not bring the loved one back, a successful claim may assist with medical costs, end of life costs, and pain and suffering. A family facing such a situation may benefit from seeking guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source:, "N.J. to pay $1.4M to family of disabled woman who died during 'chaotic' staff cuts", Susan K. Livio, April 9, 2018

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