Losing a parent is always difficult, but it is something that most people will have to experience at some point in their lives. But as difficult as it can be if the loss was due to natural causes, it can be that much more difficult to bear if the death was due to the negligence of another.
If you placed a parent in a nursing home or other health care facility, you were likely assured that he or she would receive good care. But if you found out that your mother or father died due to improper treatment or inadequate supervision, you may wish to consider filing a wrongful death suit against those who bear responsibility.
But there are some things you need to be aware of before taking this step. First, understand that the primary way to achieve a successful outcome in a wrongful death suit is to demonstrate financial harm due to the loss. Given that you were likely not financially dependent on your parent, you may not be able to receive compensation for financial loss.
On the other hand, money is not the only loss for which you can seek redress. The relationship you had with your parent was something that had value, and as such, you may be able to claim damages for having your time together unfairly cut short.
While no amount of money could ever make up for your loss, or for the poor treatment you parent may have suffered at the end of his or her life, it may be possible to enforce a measure of accountability. Your parent should not have had to experience neglect or negligent treatment. By taking legal action, you may help to bring about corrective measures that will lessen the likelihood of other families having to endure the same tragedy that befell your family.
If you are considering a wrongful death suit against an elder-care facility, you may wish to contact a knowledgeable attorney. The attorney could assess your case and offer advice on which course of action may best suit your personal needs.