As our Charleston readers know, putting a loved one in a nursing home is a hard thing to do for many reasons. You want to be sure that your loved one will be receiving the best care available and that they are treated well in a loving and safe environment. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence still happens in many facilities.
The Sunbridge Dunbar Healthcare Corporation, which is doing business as Dunbar Care and Rehabilitation Center, is being sued by two women in Kanawha Circuit Court over claims of nursing home neglect. The women are seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the company and facility on behalf of a family member who was a long-term resident of the nursing home.
The women allege that their family member suffered dehydration and pressure ulcers during her time at the nursing home. According to the suit, the woman's fluid intake was not monitored by employees, and when she exhibited signs of severe dehydration, declining level of cognitive and alertness and some infection the employees failed to notify the woman's physician. As a result, the woman was transferred to a hospital to receive extensive treatments due to the treatment she received while living at the nursing home.
Failing to protect this woman from foreseeable harm, as well as breaching the applicable standard of care owed to the resident in the way of delivering poor care, and neglect and abuse by staff are also listed in the lawsuit. Nursing home negligence, while very unfortunate, does happen in many facilities. If you or someone you know has experienced a situation like this, looking into an attorney may be of interest to you.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Women sue Dunbar Care for nursing home negligence," Kyla Asbury, Jan. 25, 2013