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Falls leading to death may happen due to nursing home negligence

The family of a woman in another state who recently died in a nursing home has claims that the woman's death was the result of negligence. Therefore, the family has decided to file a nursing home neglect lawsuit against the nursing facility. The woman who passed away at the facility was 88 years old. In West Virginia and other states, nursing homes may be held financially responsible for injuries or deaths stemming from falls that occur due to their carelessness.

After residing at the facility for four years, the woman allegedly fell and bruised her head one day in February 2015. The woman also reportedly broke her ribs in this fall. She later died, and her family asserted that the nursing facility had failed by not following the woman's plan of care as well as its own procedures and policies regarding fall prevention.

According to the lawsuit, the nursing home had problems with staff straining, its budget and management -- all of which resulted in the elderly woman's death in 2015. The woman's family is seeking compensation for the woman's pain as well as the loss of the woman's companionship. The family is also seeking costs as well as punitive damages. A dollar amount was not specified in the family's lawsuit.

When falls happen in nursing homes in West Virginia and lead to deaths, the surviving loved ones of the deceased have the right to take legal action in an effort to right any wrong. A preponderance of the evidence is necessary to establish liability to the civil court's satisfaction. Only then can claims for damages be adjudicated.

Source: gazettextra.com, "Clinton nursing home sued in patient's death", Frank Schultz, Sept. 27, 2016

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