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Lawsuit alleges wrongful death in nursing home

A West Virginia family has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home over an alleged wrongful death incident. The suit, brought by a surviving relative, claims that the nursing home in which the loved one was placed was understaffed. The wrongful death claim also lists a litany of negligence-related accusations.

Despite financial struggles, the staff was said to have presented the facility in a positive manner. When the family members placed their relative in the care of this West Virginia facility, the staff allegedly knew that budget cuts would have an adverse effect on residents. The family was not informed of any possible impact on patient care resulting from budget issues.

According to the details of the suit, the deceased suffered from sores, falls, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and other issues that ultimately resulted in her death, due to lack of care. The defendants are accused of negligence, nursing home violations, malpractice, corporate negligence and disregard for the safety of the patients and residents.Additionally, they are facing accusations of fraud and violating the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. The family and beneficiaries of the estate are seeking punitive damages, other financial compensation and recovery of legal expenses.

A wrongful death claim cannot bring back a loved one, but successful litigation can help a family recover financially. An unexpected death can bring end-of-life costs, medical bills and other unforeseen expenses. These financial struggles can make an already emotional situation worse. As seen in this case, a civil claim is often a reasonable option for a grieving family who has suffered due to the alleged negligence of another party.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman blames nursing home for relative's death", Annie Cosby, Nov. 26, 2014

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