A nursing home in Canyon, Texas may face criminal charges after 81-year-old Bill West was beaten by another male resident. On July 29, the man hit West five times in the face resulting in several broken bones, his jaw broken in five places, a broken eye socket and cheek bone. He remained at the Sky West Assisted Living Center by Shaw for two days after the beating with “no indication of medical care for those days — or very little,” said Assistant Randall County Criminal District Attorney Richard Gore. He was taken to a hospital and died 20 days later. According to a forensic pathologist, West died of pneumonia, resulting from blunt-force trauma to the head and his death was ruled a homicide. As nursing home neglect lawyers, we know that if the injuries were this severe then the facility was negligent in not providing the proper medical attention.
Facility May Face Charges for Lack of Care after Fight
According to the facility records, the employee who witnessed the fight wrote that the staff gave West treatment to stop facial bleeding. The facility’s owner, Lonnie Shaw, was asked if West was examined by a physician but declined to comment. The victim’s family is very upset about the cause of his death and how the facility handled his treatment. According to West’s daughter Terry Wester, his wife Loudene called the facility that day to check in and was informed of the incident. The staff told her that he was in a fight and suffered a cut lip. When Wester went to check on her father two days later he was in obvious pain and it was clear that he had been badly beaten. She asked for an ambulance and took him to a hospital.
A grand jury has cleared the other resident responsible for the attack, but the facility may still face charges. “We did substantiate an allegation of neglect. We found the facility had deficiencies in the areas of residents’ rights and client protection,” said Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman Cecilia Fedorov.
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If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, we encourage you to visit frequently and be very observant of their treatment as well as their living conditions. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate and would like to speak with one of our professional nursing home neglect lawyers, 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.