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Malpractice suit can stem from bed sores, other health issues

When a nursing home's staff fail to properly care for the facility's residents, a resident may end up losing his or her life, which is grounds for litigation in West Virginia. The loss of life in a nursing home can easily occur due to falls or bed sores, for example. One woman in another state recently filed a liability lawsuit against a nursing home where her loved one eventually died due to multiple health problems, alleging neglect.

The plaintiff asserted that the nursing home staff who was tending to her family member did not provide sufficient care to him. The resident was reportedly at risk of developing decubitus ulcers while he was being cared for at the facility. The man developed a bed sore, also called a sacral decubitus ulcer.

According to the woman's complaint, the ulcer ended up deteriorating. This caused the man to have to be placed in a hospital, where a feeding tube was placed. Based on the suit, the man was also at risk for aspiration, and he ended up having to be transferred to a hospital as a result of acute respiratory distress, where he was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia, fever, septic shock, sepsis and multi-system organ failure as well.

The plaintiff claimed the nursing staff was negligent in failing to properly assess and monitor the man and that they also failed to report or address the resident's symptoms and signs of aspiration, thus leading to his death. As part of the suit, the plaintiff is pursing damages exceeding $50,000, as well as a jury trial. Anyone in West Virginia who loses a loved one due to health issues caused by the carelessness of nursing home staff, such as bed sores, has the right to file a medical malpractice claim, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages stemming from the alleged malpractice.

Source:, "Suit against nursing home alleges wrongful death", Serenity Hansberry, March 1, 2016

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