Wrongful death in a nursing home, Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) or with involvement of a caretaker is unfortunately common in California. Moran Law has accepted cases in which a resident or patient was killed as the result of the following acts of nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Complications from pressure sores
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Physical abuse
- Medication errors
- Falls and falling injuries
- Untreated illnesses and infections
- Unsanitary conditions
- Sexual abuse
When a death results from staff abuse or neglect, both the nursing home and the responsible caretaker(s) can be held liable under California wrongful death laws. Assistance from a California nursing home abuse lawyer, elder abuse lawyer, assisted living abuse lawyer, or home health elder abuse lawyer is essential to achieving successful resolution in elderly and nursing home wrongful death cases.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
California limits wrongful death claims to the following individuals related to the deceased:
- Spouse and children, including putative spouse and children
- Domestic partner
- Parents, surviving siblings or children of deceased siblings
- Grandparents and lineal descendants
- Any individuals financially dependent on the deceased at the time of their death
In the case of multiple claimants, a decision must also be made how to distribute damages. If you are uncertain about your right to file a wrongful death claim, contact Moran Law – our expert team of California elderly abuse and wrongful death attorneys can assist you to review your options for legal satisfaction.