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Falls may be grounds for nursing home negligence suits

Individuals who lose loved ones due to a nursing home's negligence have the right to seek justice in West Virginia. In some cases, nursing home residents lose their lives due to the injuries suffered from falls. In one case in another state, one woman died due to the alleged carelessness of a nursing facility. The independent administrator of the woman's estate has now sued the nursing home.

The independent administrator, who is the woman's grandson, filed the lawsuit, alleging negligence and wrongful death. He claimed that the woman fell from her wheelchair one day and was discovered to have a fracture in her right hip the following day. The woman went through surgery the very next day.

According to the complaint, the woman's injuries and the treatment she received subsequently ended up causing or contributing to her death. The grandson asserted that the nursing home did not properly assess or supervise the woman's condition. The nursing home is also accused of failing to maintain premises that were safe.

As part of the lawsuit, the plaintiff is seeking damages totaling more than $50,00, along with the costs of the lawsuit and attorney's fees. When people in West Virginia endure falls and end up dying in nursing homes because of the facilities' carelessness, their surviving loved ones have the right to file liability claims, seeking the reimbursement of damages sustained as a result. A monetary award cannot bring back a deceased loved one, but it may help to address pain and suffering and provide closure in such a case.

Source:, "Nursing home faces wrongful death claim in lawsuit", Ruel Reyes, March 15, 2016

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