Stillwater man suffering from dementia starved to death by nursing home staff. Family files lawsuit claiming nursing home abuse and neglect killed their loved one.
January 6, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)– South Florida nursing home neglect lawyers report a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by a Minnesota man’s family. Dean Cole, a 72-year-old, Stillwater, Minnesota nursing home resident was continuously deprived food and water by the healthcare staff at Golden Living Center Greeley. Cole was placed in Golden Living Center Greeley because he suffered from dementia. Cole could no longer care for himself requiring round the clock full-time professional nursing care Golden Living claimed they provided. Mr. Cole was a resident for only 21 days when his kidneys and brain shut down. The family alleges the nursing home staff’s abuse and neglect caused Cole to lose 20 pounds and 10 liters of water resulting in his death from extreme dehydration. Essentially, the family and medical experts claim Mr. Cole starved to death.
Justice elder care rights advocates and Palm Beach County senior citizen attorneys consulted the Eldercare Rights Alliance http://www.eldercarerights.org/ and discovered the following:
– Residents of a nursing homes have the legal right to quality care
– Between 1 and 2 million Americans (age 65+) are abused by someone responsible for their care
– Every 2.7 minutes an elder is victimized
– Nursing home staff has a responsibility to feed and hydrate all residents
Justice nursing home neglect correspondents along with West Palm Beach, FL elder care lawyers assert senior citizen abuse can happen to anyone regardless of sex, social status, or ethnic background. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home neglect you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Consult an attorney who specializes in elder care litigation to determine if you have a claim.
Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.