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Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In West Virginia

Posted on May 03, 2011
A West Virginia woman alleges in a wrongful death lawsuit that her elder loved one was neglected while residing in his nursing home – neglect that led directly to his death in the care facility three years after his arrival.

Angela Black is suing HCR Manorcare claiming that one of their residents, Arcel Rose, was mistreated during his time at the West Virginia nursing home. In the wrongful death lawsuit, Black states that Rose’s normal aging process was accelerated by his poor treatment – and that this poor treatment is evidenced by Rose’s bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, and infections. In addition, Black says that Rose suffered significant emotional trauma throughout his stay, from 2006 and 2009. He died in March 2009.

According to the West Virginia Record, Black is suing for her loved one's loss of personal dignity, extreme and unnecessary pain, unnecessary hospitalizations, anguish, degradation, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Charleston, West Virginia.

These nursing home wrongful death cases can be difficult to prove, as nursing homes often claim that medical conditions such as pressure sores, malnutrition, and dehydration are simply normal health issues faced by the old and dying. However, this is sometimes not the case.