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Estate alleges medical malpractice in nursing home death

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy undertaking. Sadly, in spite of the time a family puts into researching a suitable placement, they may not be able to protect their family member from every possible danger. Arizona residents who are concerned that a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice or other harm are entitled to seek the best remedy for their family member.

Recently, a judge denied the release of certain records that a family claims may be relevant to the death of an 82-year-old woman. According to a civil suit filed against a nursing home corporation, the facility's staff failed to take measures that may have prevented the victim's death. Records indicated that the woman died as a result of heart disease and hypertension that may have been exacerbated by another resident's physical attack on her. A medical examiner ruled the woman's death as a homicide.

The suit alleges that the staff was aware that the 87-year-old man, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer's and purportedly strangled the victim, demonstrated a history of aggressive and menacing behavior toward both staff and some residents. Staff members allegedly discovered the man attacking the woman and intervened. The man was later transferred to another facility.

The judge ruled that certain records are private property of the nursing home corporation and are not pertinent to the current case. It is unclear whether the home will eventually be found liable for the death of the elderly woman. Arizona residents whose loved ones have suffered harm from medical malpractice or abuse due to the negligence of care providers may consult with an experienced attorney. An seasoned personal injury lawyer can provide information and assistance in obtaining justice and relief for the family's monetary damages via a civil lawsuit.

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