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Elder abuse and neglect: Bedsores lead to suit against facility

West Virginia residents who have to admit elderly loved ones to nursing homes will naturally be concerned about their welfare. Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect are prevalent, and residents of nursing homes are typically vulnerable. Regardless of how unacceptable nursing home neglect is, incidents continue to occur.

A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home in another state. The complaint states that the plaintiff was admitted to the nursing home in 2013 because he was suffering from a condition that rendered him almost entirely immobile. He accuses the staff of the nursing home of negligence, alleging that they failed to turn him regularly while he was bedridden.

The suit further claims that the continued pressure without being turned caused the development of bedsores. The plaintiff contends that the severity of the bedsores necessitated hospital treatment. He was apparently admitted to a hospital immediately upon his release from the nursing home. The plaintiff is seeking in excess of $50,000 in the recovery of damages related to litigation and other losses as allowed by the court.

West Virginia residents who have been the victims of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes are entitled to hold the perpetrators responsible. Each case is unique, and recovery may be sought for financial and non-financial losses incurred. They may choose to retain the services of an experienced attorney to handle the legal claims or negotiations on their behalves. A lawyer will assess the circumstances and provide guidance and support throughout any legal proceedings that may follow.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "Patient sues Manor Care of South Holland, claiming that negligence led to injury", Robert Hadley, Sept. 3, 2015

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