Five nursing home employees were sentenced to time in jail for their roles in a nursing home death. In October of 2012, Aurelia Rios was a resident of he Medford Multicare Center for Living when the negligence of the nursing home facility’s employees lead to her death. The 72-year-old patient was required to wear a ventilator while she slept and when a respiratory therapist failed to attach the ventilator, Rios died in her sleep. The negligence of the therapist caused the fatality, but several other employees have been charged and sentenced for attempting to cover up the incident. Nine individuals were accused of neglect or cover-up, and five have been found guilty and sentenced to jail time and probation.
Numerous families are faced with the difficult decision to place their loved one in a nursing home facility to assist with their care. When choosing a nursing home, families want to feel confident that their loved one will be cared for fully. Unfortunately, a large number of nursing home residents are neglected and abused due to understaffing of employees, lack of training, overpopulated facilities, and in some cases employees are not subject to a background check. Your loved one deserves the highest level of care, and if their health or safety is compromised, you may have grounds to file a nursing home neglect and abuse case.
The skilled St. Louis nursing home abuse attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth believe you and your loved ones should receive the best possible care. We will fight to hold any nursing home facility, and employees, responsible if you or a loved one has suffered due to their negligence. Contact us today to speak with an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.