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Woman admitted to nursing home suffers dehydration, dies

A hospital as well as a nursing home in another state were recently sued over an elderly woman's death. According to the suit, the woman suffered dehydration and other issues before being sent to a hospital and dying. If a person in West Virginia suffers injuries and dies while being taken care of by a nursing home, that nursing home may be held liable for the death.

The family of the deceased woman claimed that the woman, 88, was taken to the nursing home following a medical emergency in 2014. When she was admitted there, she was reportedly stable. However, according to the suit, the woman ended up falling on her head while completing physical therapy at the nursing facility.

The woman was transported to a hospital emergency department and then taken back to the nursing facility, which is where her family says her health deteriorated. As a result, she was taken to a second hospital, where her sodium level was found to be excessive. She also had an infection in her urinary tract and was confused. The woman was taken back to the nursing facility and then transported back to the second hospital, where staff determined that she was malnourished and dehydrated.

In the suit, the deceased woman's family claimed that both the nursing home and the second hospital did not provide generally accepted care, which led to her dehydration and other health problems. The family is asking for a minimum of $50,000 for each of the two counts as a result. Claims for monetary damages in a nursing home negligence suit in West Virginia or any other state will be adjudicated once financial responsibility has been established to the court's satisfaction.

Source:, "Edwardsville nursing home faces suit", Sanford Schmidt, Oct. 22, 2016

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