Elopement Incident Leads To Death Of Nursing Home Resident

“Elopement” (often referred to as “wandering”) is an issue that can happen in long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  Typically, this wandering can lead to a resident or patient wandering from where they are supposed to be to other areas.  Such areas may be outside of the health care facility, and in some cases such wandering has led to the death of the nursing home resident.

On this site, such an elopement incident – and a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit – was discussed in the October 24, 2014 post titled “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Elopement Incident.”  That wandering involved a health care facility in Lockport.

Often, lawsuits over such wandering incidents claims negligence against the health care facility, and this negligence can include various factors such as failure to supervise the nursing home resident.

A recent elopement incident occurred in South Carolina, and this elopement involved the subsequent death of a nursing home resident.  The resident was said to have dementia and a history of wandering.  This fatal incident is further discussed in a number of media sources, including the August 1, 2016 abcnews4.com article (with video) titled “Family of woman found dead in marsh considers lawsuit against nursing home” as well as the May 31 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Assisted living community under investigation after resident wanders, is found dead.”


Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group take cases to court. 

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Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.