Coroner Investigating Possible Death from Heat in Nursing Home

The sweltering heat of the past few days may be uncomfortable for most of us, but for elderly men and women, it can be fatal. In a recent article on the, we read about the investigation into the death of an 84-year-old nursing home resident that took place over the weekend at a South Carolina nursing facility.

The county coroner planned an autopsy on the woman earlier this week after the resident collapsed in the nursing home, later dying at a local hospital. The coroner said the air conditioning in one of the home’s trhee wings was not working properly. A nursing home spokesman said the air conditioners were working, but were struggling to cool the building after temperatures reached 105 degrees.

When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we assume that they will receive the care they need and require. Even if mechanical difficulties cause a nursing home’s heating or air-conditioning systems to not function properly, precautions must be taken to ensure that residents do not suffer. But that isn’t always the case. If you have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility and you feel that their needs are not being met, you may have a case. Contact the nursing home neglect attorneys of O’Connor Law to discuss your options.

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