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Falls reportedly lead to nursing home resident’s death

| Sep 13, 2018 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

A woman in another state recently claimed that a nursing home did not provide her husband with adequate care. As a result, he reportedly suffered from several falls, which ultimately led to his death. The woman has therefore decided to file a lawsuit against the facility — a move that individuals in West Virginia likewise have the right to make if they lose their loved ones to nursing home negligence.

According to the woman’s lawsuit in the out-of-state case, the woman found her husband to have been injured on multiple occasions at the nursing home due to falls. For instance, he reportedly experienced bruising and swelling around his head and face. According to the suit, the woman discovered wounds on other parts of the man’s body as well.

The man eventually died while in the nursing home’s care. The woman in her lawsuit claimed that the nursing facility was responsible for his death because it should have determined the man’s fall risk and provided interventions to keep him from falling. As part of her lawsuit, the widow is seeking over $50,000 as well as a jury trial.

People naturally trust that the nursing homes in which they place their loved ones will take proper care of their residents. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, which means problems such as falls can easily occur and cause death. In these situations, the surviving loved ones of a deceased resident has the right to seek damages through the civil court system. An understanding of what facts must be proved will likely be necessary to prevail in such a case in West Virginia.