Nursing homes in Pennsylvania and across the nation are faced with tight budgets and sometimes lack enough certified health care professionals to provide the level of care that everyone deserves. Neglect and substandard conditions can lead to a variety of health problems including malnutrition and bedsores. In severe cases, nursing home negligence can even lead to the death of a loved one.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed against HCR Manor Care was recently settled and approved in West Virginia. The monetary amount of the settlement as well as other terms and conditions are not being released in this particular case. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, the daughter of the deceased, claimed that the staff at the Heartland of Martinsburg did not take necessary measures to prevent bed sores, nor did they properly diagnose the changing medical conditions of her mother. This lawsuit comes on the heels of another wrongful death lawsuit against HCR Manor Care in which the family of the victim was awarded over $90 million as a result of both ordinary and medical negligence while in the care of Heartland of Charleston. The jury felt that there was enough evidence in that case to prove that the victim, who died of complications from dehydration, was not fed or cared for properly while residing at the facility.
While both of these cases occurred in other states, HCR Manor Care also has locations in Pennsylvania that may not be providing an adequate standard of care. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from worsened medical conditions or has passed away as a result of nursing home negligence, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding the rights of the victim and/or surviving family members.
Source: West Virginia Record, â€œNursing home settles wrongful death suit against it,â€ Jon Oâ€™Brien, July 10, 2013