Stories of older people wandering off—frequently referred to as “elopement”—and becoming lost hit the news with some frequency in Phoenix as well as the rest of the country. These people are almost invariably afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or similar conditions (dementia) that affect their cognitive abilities and/or memory. This problem exists at nursing homes as well as private residences, but need for better supervision and protection of the older person was one of the reasons that the person was placed in the nursing home to begin with. A Phoenix wandering and elopement attorney at Knapp & Roberts can help you build a case against the facility whose lack of supervision has caused devastating damages.
Existing cognitive impairments are the most common reason for wandering, but many other factors make wandering more likely.
Many incidents occur very soon after the resident arrives at one of the Phoenix nursing homes. For people with cognitive problems, strange environments are often disconcerting. The facility is or should be aware that this is a time of elevated risk.
Other indicators that residents are risks for wandering off include:
Arizona nursing home residents who wander are at increased risk of injury in a variety of ways:
Any of these injuries may result in death.
The longer wandering residents are off on their own, the greater the likelihood of injury.
When a resident has disappeared or been injured after wandering away from the facility, an experienced Phoenix wandering and elopement attorney can systematically review the resident’s records and the facility’s procedure with an eye to answering the following questions:
Most of these questions also apply to the amount of time it took for the facility to notice that residents were missing and the adequacy of the facility’s efforts to locate them.
Nursing home wandering incidents are preventable and cause considerable grief, injury, and distress when they aren’t prevented. Efforts to hold nursing homes accountable for these injuries and deaths in Arizona are best undertaken by specialized a Phoenix elder abuse attorney who has done so before, and successfully.
The legal team at Knapp & Roberts has that experience and knows how difficult it is for families who have already been through the trauma of a family member wandering off, and now face a tough fight with the nursing home. Get some help today. Call us today for a free review of the incident. There’s no cost to you unless we take and win your case. We provide personal attention at every stage of your case, and do everything possible to settle it reasonably and quickly. If a trial is necessary to hold the nursing home accountable, we will handle that effectively and efficiently. Don’t wait until it is too late. Time restrictions are in place, so the time to act is now.
The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.