Kansas City Nursing Home Elopement Lawyers

Nursing Home Resident Injuries & Death from Wandering Off, Escaping, or Leaving Unsupervised

Did nursing home staff members fail to supervise and care for your elderly loved one, allowing them to elope or wander off or around the premises alone? Did the moments of wandering result in your loved one being injured or losing their life? 

If so, you or your elderly loved one may be entitled to financial compensation.

The Kansas City nursing home elopement attorneys at The Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. can help your family hold the negligent nursing home or assisted living center liable. We believe that every resident in a nursing home deserves the best treatment and that any care that falls short of that is unacceptable. 

Our Elopement Case Victories

Experience matters in legal cases, especially those with high stakes and complicated details like a nursing home elopement or wandering case. At The Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., we have an established history of remarkable case results in Kansas City and throughout Jackson County, MO.

A few of our recent wins for nursing home wandering lawsuits include:

  • $3 million settlement: A 75-year-old nursing home resident was left unattended, wandered away, and passed away as a result. 
  • $2 million settlement: A 74-year-old assisted living resident with Alzheimer's exited the facility by herself and was found deceased 13 days later.
  • $736,000+ settlement: A 75-year-old residential care facility resident was able to leave the facility unattended and passed away as a result.
  • $250,000 settlement: A 99-year-old nursing home resident left the center unattended and suffered facial and head injuries.

We also encourage you to read reviews from other people we've helped in similar cases.


Standing up for the injured, neglected, and abused is our calling. Call (816) 597-4556 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Kansas City nursing home elopement lawyers.


Award Winning Results

  • $37 Million
    • Heirship Dispute
  • $3 Million
    • Nursing Home Elopement
  • $2 Million
    • Nursing Home Elopement
  • $1.95 Million
    • Motor Vehicle Collision

What is Elopement or Wandering Off?

When a nursing home resident is allowed to leave or wander the premises unattended, often without any staff being aware of it, it is called elopement. Elopement is a serious safety concern, as it can lead to residents wandering away from the facility, getting injured or lost, or encountering other dangerous situations.

Why Does Elopement Happen?

Elopement may occur for various reasons, including:

  • Wandering behavior: Elderly residents with dementia and other cognitive difficulties are the most likely to wander unannounced and unattended.
  • Inadequate supervision: Insufficient staff or inadequate security measures can make it easier for residents to elope.
  • Communication issues: Residents may not fully understand the rules or the layout of the facility.
  • Emotional factors: Residents may be motivated by a desire to return to their former home or loved ones.

All instances of elopement are unacceptable, but not all result in physical harm being suffered by the nursing home resident.

Harm Caused by Residents Wandering Away

Wandering away from a nursing home center can be extremely dangerous depending on the location and design of the center. Hazards around the premises like steps, uneven pavement, and debris can lead to a serious slip-and-fall accident. Some of the most tragic cases of nursing home wandering involve an elderly resident who wanders into the street and is struck by traffic. 

Serious injuries and consequences of nursing home wandering can include:

If your loved one suffered a physical injury or death because their nursing home or assisted living facility failed to protect them from wandering off, the team at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. is prepared to help you seek justice. Our nursing home elopement attorneys in Kansas City have secured millions of dollars in compensation for victims of nursing home neglect and their families.


Schedule a no-cost consultation at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. by calling (816) 597-4556 or contacting us online.


  • “He worked hard on our behalf and we reached a positive conclusion.” - Lori D.
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      How Can Nursing Homes Stop Residents from Wandering?

      Elopement or wandering can easily result in serious injuries suffered by an elderly nursing home resident. As such, it is important that a nursing home take adequate steps to prevent it.

      A nursing home can stop its residents from wandering by:

      • Keeping an adequate staff-to-resident ratio
      • Hiring security staff to monitor entrances and exits
      • Securing emergency exits with alarms
      • Providing extra oversight to residents with a history of wandering

      It is not difficult to imagine the steps needed to stop nursing home wandering entirely. Therefore, if a nursing home fails to take these reasonable steps, and an elderly resident is hurt while wandering, then it makes sense to argue that the nursing home is liable. 

      A civil claim could be made to hold the nursing home liable for losses and damages, even if no criminal charges are ever brought against the nursing home.

      Schedule A Free Consultation Today

      Learning more about your rights and options after an elderly loved one was hurt or passed away due to elopement at a nursing home can be simple. Just dial (816) 597-4556 and speak with the Kansas City nursing home wandering attorneys from our firm. 

      We would be honored to hear more about what happened and share some of our insight during a complimentary consultation. It is just one of the many ways that the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. shows that we truly care about you, your family, and your recovery. 

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