Last week, a lawsuit was filed in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against a New Orleans nursing home in connection with a resident's death. The decedent, Milton Aucoin, suffered a stroke a few weeks prior to his death and was released to Chateau De Notre Dame for long term care. According to his family, the facility failed to provide Aucoin with a doctor prescribed blood thinner and other medications for more than two days. They also state blood thinning medicine was required to prevent Aucoin from experiencing any additional strokes.
The lawsuit claims Aucoin experienced another stroke and died ten days later as a direct result of Chateau De Notre Dame's failure to administer his medications. Aucoin's family also alleges in their lawsuit a survey performed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services revealed the nursing home has a history of unacceptable medication error rates dating back to at least 2007. Aucoin's family is seeking damages for a variety of failures by the long-term care facility including a failure to be free from medication errors, to manage care properly, to obtain necessary lifesaving medicines, to provide alternative measures, and improper and untimely treatment.
Nursing home liability cases generally arise after the elderly, disabled or infirm are injured or die as a result of negligence or other mistreatment while in a nursing home, hospital, or assisted living facility. Most nursing home abuse cases result from negligence on the part of the care facility, but they also may arise from a facility's failure to provide adequate medical care or food, a failure to administer the correct medications, sexual or physical abuse, and emotional distress.
Care facility abuse and negligence cases often result from improperly trained or unqualified staff and signs of nursing home abuse are not always easy to identify. Signs may include a loss of appetite, depression, increased accidents, bedsores, bruises, and broken bones. An abused care facility resident may also complain to friends and loved ones about the treatment they receive. Any compliant regarding nursing home abuse or neglect should always be taken seriously.
Unfortunately, some residents may not be capable of alerting their family to mistreatment by a care facility. If you believe a friend or loved one might be a victim of nursing home abuse, it is always a good idea to report your concerns. Contact a qualified Louisiana nursing home liability lawyer to help you protect your loved one's rights.