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A former resident of a nursing home in another state recently died after reportedly falling victim to mites. Now, the daughter of the female resident who died has decided to file a lawsuit against the nursing facility, alleging nursing home negligence. In the same manner, any individuals in West Virginia who have lost loved ones due to infections that developed in reportedly negligent nursing homes have the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the plaintiff’s mother, who had dementia, passed away at 92 years old after having spent five years at the nursing home. While she was there, mites reportedly burrowed into the woman’s hands, arms, back, shoulders, breasts, chest, face and scalp. In fact, she allegedly experienced three outbreaks of crusted scabies.

The plaintiff claimed that the nursing home’s staff failed to correctly isolate infected residents. They are also accused of not treating those who ended up falling victim to infections. In the case of the plaintiff’s mother, the staff reportedly did not rush the woman to the hospital, so she was not saved in time.

Nursing homes are expected to provide adequate care to their residents. Of course, this does not always happen for a variety of reasons, ranging from inadequate staff, insufficient training or simply employee apathy. In these situations, if residents lose their lives due to infections or other preventable issues, their loved ones may choose to file liability claims against the allegedly at-fault nursing homes, seeking damages. A successfully fought suit, based upon a showing of negligence, may lead to monetary damages for the victim’s surviving loved ones in West Virginia.

Source: timesfreepress.com, “Lawsuit: Scabies infestation led to woman’s death in LaFayette, Ga., nursing home“, Tyler Jett, May 6, 2018