I am mom's next of kin. My husband and sons went with me to see mom that evening,m 6 months ago. The charge nurse asked me if anyone had called. My mom is dead. She had a cardiac arrest that morning. There was a code called.
I found out she was dead at 745 pm and the coroner's technician arrived to take mom's body to the morgue without contacting me first. I refused to allow him to take mom. I had a funeral for her as she wanted.
The facility's Charge nurse and Nursing director knows me as my mother's next of kin. My mom;s conservator did not notify me or any family member of mom's death.
I'm sorry for your loss and for the hospital's failure to contact you. I'm not aware of any statutory obligation by the hospital to notify next of kin. However, even if a duty existed, I think it would be very difficult to pursue a claim. While I have no doubt that you suffered emotionally as a result of learning your mom had died, I think it would be hard to demonstrate how much emotional harm occurred as a result of the hospital's failure to inform you vs. how much emotional harm occurred as a natural result of your mother's death.
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