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Infections, injuries in nursing homes grounds for lawsuit

A lawsuit was recently filed against a couple of nursing homes in another state. Both nursing homes have been accused of nursing home negligence. When nursing home residents in West Virginia and other states suffer infections and injuries due to their nursing homes' carelessness, the nursing homes may be held liable.

According to the lawsuit in the recent out-of-state case, staff did not care for the woman at the first nursing home between June 2014 and November 2014 and then at the second nursing facility between December 2014 and October 2015. As a result of the reported lack of care she received, the woman suffered an infection. She also is said to have been injured and disfigured and to have suffered pain before ultimately dying.

The two nursing home facilities that cared for the woman are accused of failing to comply with the Nursing Home Care Act. Officials with the first nursing home stated that their residents' care was their primary concern and that they would continue to dedicate themselves to their residents' physical and emotional well-being. The woman's son, who is also the executor of the woman's estate, is pursuing an unspecified amount in damages from both of the nursing homes in this case.

Nursing homes in West Virginia are trusted to care properly for people's elderly loved ones, but sometimes they fail in this regard. If their negligence causes residents to suffer infections or injuries and die, the surviving loved ones of the residents have the right to take legal action in an effort to right any wrongdoing that has been committed. Compensatory damages in a successfully fought case may help to cover burial costs and other losses tied to the documented nursing home negligence incident.

Source: qconline.com, "Two Rock Island County nursing homes sued over death", Anthony Watt, Sept. 16, 2016

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