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When a nursing home in West Virginia is careless in its treatment of its residents, it may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result. In one out-of-state case, a large chain of nursing facilities has been accused of the physical abuse of residents, leading to their deaths. The daughter of one nursing home resident who died has thus filed a suit against the nursing home chain.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s 68-year-old mother was placed in one of the chain’s nursing homes and died just five weeks later. The plaintiff claimed that the death was premature and that it occurred because of the poor care her mother received. Her mother was initially placed in the home to receive rehabilitative care after she had been hospitalized due to chest pains. According to her daughter, at that time, she was in relatively good condition and had clear lungs.

Weeks later, the plaintiff’s mother ended up having to be rushed to the hospital, where her condition was considered critical. Her mother was reportedly suffering from a body temperature below 80 degrees, pneumonia and dehydration. The daughter asserted that she still did not know what happened at the center to cause the death of her mother.

If people lose their loved ones because of physical abuse and neglect, it is within their rights to take legal action. They may file liability claims, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages tied to the documented incidents of abuse. Sufficient proof of negligence is required to establish liability in a way that satisfies the civil court hearing the case in West Virginia.

Source: CBS News, “Centinela West, largest California nursing home chain, accused of wrongful death, abuse“, May 18, 2016