While a nursing care facility is still reeling from a $90 million verdict brought against it in Charleston, the nursing home had also settled a wrongful death incident that occurred in another facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Apparently a resident at the Martinsburg home had developed pressure ulcers and had suffered from a fall prior to her death. It was also claimed that the care was negligent in other respects as well.
The details of this settlement concerning the Martinsburg facility have not been revealed. However, it does appear that any money awarded will be split between the deceased woman's three children. The care facility has also appealed the $90 million verdict with regards to the Charleston case to the West Virginia Supreme Court. The facility alleges that medical malpractice caps should apply to that verdict.
Though it's difficult to know the merits of the above cases without reading through the various trial transcripts, there is always cause for concern when nursing home facilities are being sued over and over again. Most nursing home staff does what it can to help its patients out. However, other facilities give the entire industry a black eye.
Children entrust their parents to the care of these facilities in hopes that their parents can be comfortable and live with dignity. Nursing homes must comply with the expectations of the children of these residents.
If you have questions about whether a parent is suffering from neglect at a nursing home, please do not hesitate to discuss this matter with an attorney experienced in dealing with such facilities. These attorneys often recognize the signs of neglect and can hold nursing home facilities responsible.
Source: McKnight's, "Still fighting $90 million verdict, HCR ManorCare settles a second negligence lawsuit in West Virginia," July 11, 2013