Rehabilitation centers around the country, including ones in West Virginia, usually offer skilled doctors, nurses and physical therapists. Their primary purpose should always be to help patients recover and reclaim the lives they had before they became sick or injured. Just like a hospital or any other medical treatment facility, negligence amongst the staff at a rehabilitation center can have severe consequences.
Recently, the death of a patient at a West Virginia rehabilitation center prompted a lawsuit. The deceased patient was admitted to the Pine Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center in July 2011 and she passed away in September of that year. The representative of the woman's estate filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owns Pine Lodge.
In the lawsuit, the woman's estate claims that the Pine Lodge staff provided poor care and that they even abused the woman. The lawsuit cited injuries that the woman sustained from falling while in the care of Pine Lodge. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the staff gave her incorrect medication, allowed her to become dehydrated and negligently gave her insulin.
Under West Virginia law, close family members or the administrator of a deceased person's estate can initiate a wrongful death action where someone else caused the death of that person. While nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one, compensation through legal action can help victims recover monetary damages associated with their loss.
In this case, the deceased woman's representative is claiming that the Pine Lodge staff's mistreatment lead to the woman's death. If she has enough evidence to prove that claim, the woman's estate will be entitled to monetary damages.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Wrongful death suit filed against Pine Lodge," Thomas Kallies, Oct. 11, 2013