Families in West Virginia who have loved ones living in nursing homes may worry from time to time about the health and safety of their loved ones. One cold that is caught from another resident and one accidental fall out of bed in the middle of the night have the potential to cause nursing home patients to suffer serious or life-threatening injuries and health problems.
Although elderly family members may be vulnerable to suffering health complications, families also must rely on nursing homes and nursing home workers to provide their loved ones with the adequate care they need to minimize their injuries and health problems. Unfortunately, nursing home patients do not always receive the care they need and deserve. And because these patients are already vulnerable to suffering major health problems, nursing home neglect and abuse may cause patients to suffer additional health problems, or even fatal injuries.
Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed against a facility located in New Martinsville by a former resident who claims that she suffered undue harm from not receiving proper care from the facility and its staff. The woman claims that nursing home negligence contributed to the deterioration of her health, and now she is requesting that the facility be held responsible for her physical and emotional injuries.
The lawsuit states that the woman lived at the nursing home between December 2010 and July 2011. During these seven months, the woman's health began to deteriorate. Although patients' health conditions and age may cause patients to experience additional health complications over time, the plaintiff claims that her health worsened because she did not receive adequate care while living at the nursing home.
Due to poor care and negligence, the plaintiff says that she suffered from dehydration, several infections and malnutrition. The woman's physical injuries and pain also caused her to experience severe emotional pain and suffering. And because the plaintiff suffered additional health problems that could have been prevented, the plaintiff was also hospitalized more times than what was necessary, the lawsuit states.
The woman's experience at the nursing home and her additional sufferings caused her to lose personal dignity and enjoyment from life, the lawsuit states. The plaintiff claims that in addition to not providing the type of care the plaintiff should have received from the facility, the facility also misrepresented itself when the plaintiff was searching for a nursing home to receive quality care from.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Former resident sues Genesis Healthcare for nursing home negligence," Kyla Asbury, May 17, 2013