Many adult children in Wyoming assist their aging parents with daily living needs. Especially when a parent has transitioned to a nursing facility, a son or daughter is often on hand to help address any problems that arise. If a parent has been declared incapacitated, such as when suffering from dementia, an adult child or other immediate family member may have grounds to act on the victim’s behalf if nursing home negligence occurs.
This basically what is happening in a case from another state. An 88-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a fellow resident in the nursing home where she resides. Staff members reportedly stopped the assault in action but for some reason did not immediately report it to the proper authorities.
State regulations also require staff members to secure any and all available evidence in such situations, which the officials in this case failed to do. The woman who was allegedly assaulted was diagnosed with dementia before moving into the nursing home in question. The man who is believed to have attacked her has also been diagnosed with the same condition but has never been accused of wrongful behavior against another resident in the past.
On grounds that her mother has a right to reasonably expect that her care providers will keep her safe and other issues, the daughter file a nursing home negligence case against the owner and also the official representative of the facility. The resident who is suspected of assault was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Sadly, this is definitely not the only case where an elderly nursing home resident has been abused; anyone in Wyoming who wishes to seek justice on behalf of a loved one may request a meeting with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the matter.