Accidents do happen, especially when it comes to the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately, more often than not, accidents in nursing homes and long term care facilities are a result of nursing home abuse from the staff or administrators. These accidents and cases of abuse and neglect are also usually not isolated incidents. If one resident is being abused, then there are probably others. Teays Valley Center, a Putnam County, West Virginia nursing home, was named as a defendant in two wrongful-death lawsuits filed in Putnam County Circuit Court on June 23, 2011.
Teays Valley Center Named Defendant in Two Wrongful Death Suits
In one of the suits, Bonita Tomblin is alleging that her late mother, Anoway Rose Smith, died as a result of the nursing home’s “systemic abuse and neglect.” Smith was a patient at the nursing home four separate times between August 25, 2009 and February 2010, and she died on February 23, 2010. According to the lawsuit, Tomblin says her mother suffered “skin breakdown, weight loss and falls” as a result of the neglect from the home. The lawsuit asks for damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, physical impairment, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, aggravation of existing diseases and physical defects, medical expenses and for her death. It also requests punitive damages.
In the other lawsuit filed against the Teays Valley Center, Shirley A. Osburn alleges the nursing home’s abuse and negligence caused the death of her husband, John A. Osburn. Mr. Osburn was a resident at the home for only a week in July 2009. According to the lawsuit, during his time at the home, he “suffered serious injuries from a pattern of poor care, negligence and abuse” including “an injury of an unknown origin, that resulted in a fractured right hip, falls, dehydration, urinary tract infection and sepsis.” Mrs. Osburn is seeking damages for her late husband’s pain and suffering, anguish and for her husband’s death.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.