A nursing home in another state is accused of negligently causing a woman’s death. According to a recently filed federal lawsuit, the facility reportedly allowed her to remain in her urine and feces and neglected her to the extent that she developed bed sores. Anyone in West Virginia who loses a loved one due to nursing home negligence has the right to seek justice in civil court.
The deceased woman’s estate sued the nursing home in September, alleging wrongful death and neglect. Apparently, the woman was incontinent, suffered from Crohn’s disease and diabetes, and also suffered from paraplegia due to a recent injury. According to the lawsuit, as a result of her injuries, the woman was more prone to developing pressure stores. The facility is accused of failing to provide a sufficient care plan.
The estate asserted in the lawsuit that the woman was never given a catheter. In addition, the staff is accused of not cleaning her up in a timely manner. Furthermore, the woman was allegedly given dairy despite being lactose intolerant. When the woman died, she reportedly had suffered from renal failure, dehydration, skin breakdown, pressure sores, recurrent infections, sepsis and malnutrition.
Families in West Virginia naturally expect nursing homes to appropriately care for their sick and/or elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence can quickly lead to an elderly resident’s death. Those whose family members have died due to suffering from bed sores and other health issues in nursing homes may be entitled to legal recourse, with successfully navigated claims potentially leading to monetary damage awards.
Source: bnd.com, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Granite City nursing home“, Kara Berg, Sept. 28, 2017