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Nursing home allegedly allowed woman to suffer dangerous falls

A woman in a different state recently filed a lawsuit against a nursing facility, claiming that the facility's negligence contributed to a woman's death from a fall there in 2016. The woman who filed the suit is the administrator of the deceased woman's estate. If nursing home negligence in West Virginia, which can lead to problems such as falls, results in a resident's death, the nursing home may be held financially responsible for the death.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman who was placed in the nursing home had had multiple diagnoses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, an infection of the urinary tract and gait dysfunction. According to the lawsuit, the woman required around-the-clock care since she struggled to walk and also had a history of unstable balance, dementia and muscle weakness. However, on multiple occasions over the past couple of years, the woman was allegedly found beside her bed on the floor due to having fallen out of bed.

Last February, the woman reportedly fell and had to be taken to a hospital emergency department. She remained in the hospital for several days before being placed in the nursing facility's hospice care unit. She later died due to complications associated with dementia, fracture and pneumonia.

The plaintiff alleged that the nursing facility's carelessness caused the woman's death and is seeking damages exceeding the jurisdictional limits of the court. If negligent nursing facilities in West Virginia allow fatal falls to happen, the loved ones of the residents who die as a result have the right to file negligence claims in their pursuit of justice. Liability needs to be established to the court's satisfaction before damage claims will be decided.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Yeadon nursing home hit with wrongful death lawsuit", Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 6, 2017

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