The brother of a woman who passed away in a nursing home is filing a wrongful death suit. The sister was only a patient at the Ohio nursing home for one day. In his wrongful death suit, the brother believes that medical negligence on the part of the nursing home took place when it allegedly failed to provide the simple and appropriate care that would have kept his sister alive.

The sister was admitted into the nursing home facility on March 22, 2013. The suit claims that the facility should have been aware of the woman’s mental impairment as well as the severe burns she had on her body from an undisclosed previous incident. The woman had to have the help of a tracheotomy tube in order to breathe properly, but that night, the medical staff allegedly failed to restrain her arms.

The next morning, staff members discovered that the woman had pulled out her breathing tube, and she was pronounced dead. Her official cause of death was asphyxia or suffocation. The brother feels as if the nursing home staff failed to provide adequate care as well as a safe environment for his sister.

The brother is seeking over $25,000 in damages in his wrongful death suit due to the medical negligence on behalf of the nursing home. The brother is claiming damages such as loss of a loved one and funeral expenses. Any other Ohio residents who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to similar negligence may be able to pursue legal action.

Source: limaohio.com, “Brother files lawsuit against nursing home“, Greg Sowinski, March 24, 2015