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Falls, abandonment significant nursing home concerns

An elderly woman in another state died last year after reportedly being left alone in a nursing home bathtub for hours. As a result, her son recently filed a lawsuit against the facility. When a loved one in West Virginia passes away due to nursing home negligence, including situations such as falls or infections, for example, it is within the rights of the loved one's surviving family members to seek justice.

In the reported case, the son claims that his mother suffered from a range of medical issues, such as difficulty walking, muscle weakness, hypertension and heart disease. Her other medical problems included depression, dementia and Alzheimer's. He alleges that in spite of her health, she would not have passed away had she not been deserted in her whirlpool.

The plaintiff asserts that the nursing home put profits above medical care by understaffing the 240-bed nursing facility on purpose. The man's attorney noted that when not enough workers are available to care for the facility's residence, employees may end up trying to handle too many tasks, and residents end up suffering due to neglect. The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

When nursing home residents suffer from falls, physical abuse or other types of issues due to nursing home negligence and pass away as a result, the nursing homes at which they stayed may be held liable in civil court. Liability must be established, based upon competent proof of negligence, before claims for damages will be adjudicated. A monetary award in a successfully fought case in West Virginia cannot undo the events leading to the death of an elderly loved one, but it may help the victim's surviving family members to more easily move forward from his or her tragic death.

Source:, "Man sues over elderly mom's death at Florissant nursing home", July 17, 2017

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