There is nothing warm or inviting about a nursing home, and it is often tragic for people to see their loved ones conclude their long lives within such facilities. Luckily, nursing homes only hire professional employees who make the health of nursing home residents a top priority, right? You would think that nursing and retirement homes for the elderly would always be found in immaculate condition in order to prevent the spread of germs that cause illness. After all, people who are elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of illness given their relatively weak immune systems. Sadly, one nursing home located in Indiana was not so immaculate, as numerous cockroaches were found infesting a woman’s room. The worst part is the fact that the roaches were reportedly infesting the body of a dead female resident.
In the city of Speedway, Indiana the Roland Retirement Club is infested with multiple bugs. Officials at the retirement home were aware that bugs had been increasing within the building, but the insect presence had not been successfully eradicated by a pest control professional. The insect infestation at the retirement home was bad enough to get the state attorney general’s attention. Several months ago, the office of the Indiana state attorney general received complaints relating to insect pest infestations within the retirement home. In response to these complaints, state employed pest inspectors were dispatched to the retirement home in order to assess the alleged infestation. These inspectors noted a pronounced insect presence in the facility. The inspectors specifically noted a heavy insect infestation in one particular room belonging to an elderly female resident. Sadly, several weeks after this infestation was confirmed by professionals, the woman living in the infested room died. When her body was found, numerous cockroaches were clearly crawling on her body. Police and medics saw this horrific sight with their own eyes after they arrived to the woman’s room in response to her passing. In response to this extensive and unchecked insect infestation, the attorney general’s office is attempting to have the retirement home’s owner held legally responsible for negligence. Officials with the attorney general’s office are currently taking action to remove the owner’s license to own and operate and assisted living facility.
If your relative was found dead in an insect-infested assisted living facility, would you file a lawsuit claiming negligence on the part of the facility’s staff?