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Nursing home sued for wrongful death, negligence

When it becomes no longer possible for elderly people to care for themselves or when the scope of their care is beyond what loved ones can provide, it is often necessary to place them in a nursing home or care center in New Haven. It can be a tough decision to take your loved one out of his or her home and is certainly not something that you take lightly. When you entrust the care of your loved one into the hands of a care center, you do so expecting that they will provide a high level of care and compassion.

This was apparently not the case for at least one nursing home in West Virginia. A resident of the home suffered pressure sores, infections and even fell as a result of the negligence of the staff during the four years she lived there. The woman died two years ago at the age of 85.

Her estate filed a wrongful death suit against the home and recently reached a settlement. The settlement will be divided between the woman's three kids and her estate administrator.

This is not the first time the nursing home has been sued. The home was recently sued by the family of a woman who was a patient there after they alleged the woman died from complications from dehydration. They claimed that the facility did not properly feed and care for the woman. The family was awarded $90 million in damages.

These families did the right thing by holding the nursing home responsible for its negligence in these two cases.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Nursing home settles wrongful death suit against it," John O’Brien, July 10, 2013

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