Victim’s daughter alleges nursing home negligence

It is a difficult decision to place a loved one in an adult-care facility. Many Philadelphia families struggle with trusting other people to care for an elderly relative. Unfortunately, sometimes fears of nursing home negligence are sometimes validated. One recent fatal incident is a reminder of this.

A West Virginia woman is mourning her mother, and claims her mother’s caretakers were responsible for her death. She claims that the nursing and rehabilitation center – as well as a doctor and healthcare company – negligently treated and cared for her mother. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges her mother had mental pain and suffering as well as severe emotional distress and a loss of kindly services. In addition, the suit states that as a result of the defendants’ lack of professional care, the estate has incurred medical and funeral expenses.

According to the lawsuit, the physician deviated from the standard of care of the woman’s mother. The woman is now seeking both compensatory and punitive damages as a result of her mother’s death.

Medical negligence is a serious issue, especially when it is in a setting such as a nursing home. An individual literally trusts the medical and other staff with his or her life. Residents expect to be treated with the utmost professionalism and high standard of care. When that does not happen, the victim and his or her family may stand to receive compensation for the neglect or abuse. People who find themselves in this kind of position should seek legal counsel to determine their rights and file a claim.

Source: West Virginia Record, “Nursing home sued over woman’s death,” Kyla Asbury, Nov. 22, 2013



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