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Kanawha County woman sues for wrongful death

When a person moves their loved one to a nursing home, they trust that the staff at the home will properly care for the person. Many people think of nursing homes as places where older people go to live out their last few years. But, these facilities can also be a temporary or more permanent home for people who need ongoing medical care and supervision.

Regardless of why a person is staying in a nursing home, they deserve proper care and treatment from all staff members. Sadly, many nursing homes across the country, including some in West Virginia, have had far too many incidents and reports of nursing home residents receiving inadequate care.

Recently, the daughter of a deceased woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a West Virginia nursing home. The woman filed her complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against numerous parties, including 10 staff members at the Dunbar Care and Rehabilitation Center.

In the lawsuit, the woman alleges that her mother had been a resident of the nursing home since 2010 and that during her stay; her mother sustained a variety of injuries including a hip fracture, malnutrition and a urinary tract infection. The legal filing states that these injuries ultimately resulted in the woman's death.

The complaint accuses the defendants of negligence for the improper care. In addition, it alleges fraud, stating that the defendants told the woman that her mother would get appropriate care, when in reality they knew that the nursing home had substantial problems because of budget issues. The woman is seeking undisclosed damages plus the costs of litigating her claim.

Like the daughter in this case, anyone who suspects that a loved one died as a result of someone else's negligence can file a cause of action for damages.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Woman blames nursing home for mother's injuries, death" Annie Cosby, Jan. 29, 2015

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