Posted On: November 1, 2011 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

Lawsuit Claims Lack of Staff and Training Caused Wrongful Death

A $3.8 million lawsuit has been filed against a Virginia assisted living facility for negligence in a man's death two years ago. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant condoned inadequate staffing levels to increase profits.

The victim was admitted into the Willows facility in June 2008 after suffering from a fall. While at the facility, family members said he showed signs of deterioration in his ability to care for himself. The lawsuit states that despite changes in his condition, the medical staff failed to reassess his medical needs and failed to communicate with the patient’s family and physician. The suit alleges that he fell numerous times and his diet was not properly monitored while under the facility’s care. Eleven days before his death, the patient was transported to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with an acute respiratory infection, a urinary tract infection and a pressure ulcer on his right, lateral heel. The lawsuit contends that he was “completely debilitated and bedridden, had numerous bruises, skin tears, chipped teeth, and extremely dirty teeth and gums.” Although the patient suffered from dementia, insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure, among other conditions, the suit states that the defendant could have prevented most of the injuries sustained if the facility had adequately staffed and trained employees.

When we place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we expect them to be cared for and protected. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients require extra care because they tend to wander, become disoriented, and lost. When we hear stories like this, it makes us all wonder about the safety of our aging loved ones.

I understand that taking care of elderly people can be a very tough job. I understand that not many of us can do what these workers do for a living. Although the vast majority of senior health care workers are dedicated care givers, incidents of abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities continue to occur. When neglect or abuse occurs, it can lead to more serious forms of illnesses, diseases and medical conditions. Bed sores are a typical example of conditions that are relatively easy to prevent but far too common in many assisted living facilities.

Agencies like Citizens for Better Care, and others, have been created to combat this type of neglect by reporting about and punishing those caregivers and nursing homes that operate below acceptable standards. The best deterrent, however, remains the ability to pursue litigation against a negligent caregiver or nursing center.

Anytime someone loses a loved one, it is devastating both emotionally and mentally. It may be shattering financially, as well. The financial and emotional roller coaster of a lawsuit is equally as painful as the loss. If you or a loved one suffered physical or emotional injuries because an assisted living facility or nursing home was negligent or failed to fulfill its care obligations to you and your family, you may have grounds for a nursing home negligence case.

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