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Lawsuit filed over nursing home malpractice

A West Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against several defendants, namely a nursing home facility, because of alleged nursing home malpractice. The suit claims that the care facility is to blame for the untimely death of one resident. The plaintiff claims that the staff/managers committed nursing home malpractice by hiring unqualified individuals and failing to train employees.

Named in the lawsuit is Eldercare of Jackson County, Eldercare Rehabilitation and Eldercare Management Associates along with one individual. The complaint asserts that the negligence occurred over a period of two years. It is alleged that the resident who died in the long-term care facility became dehydrated due to lack of care.

In addition to severe dehydration, the facility is accused of not properly monitoring the man, his medication and changes in his medical condition. Because of this claimed negligence, the man suffered from kidney problems, sepsis, infections and other serious healthcare issues. It is alleged that the accumulation of medical issues and lack of proper care led to the death of this man. The West Virginia lawsuit is seeking damages for physical and emotional damages, as well as other financial losses.

When a family member is placed in a nursing home, it is with the expectation that the loved one will be treated with care and respect. It is assumed that all care providers have been properly screened and adequately trained to care for elderly and injured residents. This tragedy underscores the serious potential consequences of nursing home malpractice, including severe injury or even death. When this occurs or a family suspects that their loved one has been mistreated, legal counsel can help in gathering evidence and determining if a claim for financial compensation is appropriate.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman blames nursing home for man's death", Mark Reccek, Jan. 20, 2015

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