Personal Injury Lawsuit Claims Elder Neglect

Personal injury suit claims elder neglectThe four daughters of Esther Rannow recently filed a personal injury suit against the Minnesota care facility that housed Rannow, claiming elder abuse and neglect.

The plaintiffs report witnessing Rannow be dropped by the home's staff, the Mankato Free Press reports. Three days after this incident, Rannow died. The elderly woman's daughters claimed that they knew of several other falls their mother sustained at the home, in addition to noticing cuts and bruises on her body. After the state's Department of Health investigation of the Benedictine Living Community proved inconclusive with regards to elder neglect, the women filed a personal injury lawsuit against the home.

The plaintiffs allege that Rannow complained of being harshly treated by staff and that her condition deteriorated after she became a resident at the home. Furthermore, they claim that the staff was negligent in treating a urinary tract infection the elderly woman contracted. The infection allegedly led to septic shock, which is claimed to have caused Rannow's death.

The National Center on Elder Abuse claims that most cases of elder abuse go unreported. According to the center, for every case that is reported, five are not.