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Falls may be grounds for claims against nursing homes

A patient in another state recently claimed that he was mistreated in a nursing home. He has filed a lawsuit against the center. In the nursing home negligence claim, he is seeking damages totaling over $100,000 after suffering injuries from a fall. Those in West Virginia who are hurt from falls caused by the carelessness of a nursing facility may have the right to seek justice in civil court.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that the rehabilitation center did not take enough steps to keep him from falling down in Feb. 2015. The man was residing at the nursing home when he ended up falling and injuring himself so badly that he was hospitalized and underwent surgery. The man also asserts that the nursing home staff did not put clothes on him properly.

The nursing home is also accused of not showering the man or changing his clothes when they became soiled. In addition, the man claims that the nursing home did not make sure that he could utilize his call light properly. The nursing home also allegedly did not give him the pain medication he needed, and their actions enabled him to contract multiple urinary tract infections. The defendant rejects the formal allegations against it.

When people in the state of West Virginia suffer injuries from falls in nursing homes due to nursing home negligence, it is within their rights to take legal action. They can do this by filing claims for monetary damages in a civil court against the nursing homes believed responsible. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish liability before claims for specific items of damages will be decided by the court.

Source: washingtontimes.com, "Patient sues Nampa nursing home accused of mistreatment", Feb. 21, 2017

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