Patients at West Virginia nursing homes and assisted living facilities have the right to quality health care, just like anyone else. However, in some less-than-reputable establishments, some residents complain of ill treatment, abuse and even wrongful death. Similar to medical malpractice cases, negligence of duty can lead to the death of an elderly patient and healthcare facilities can be held liable.
On February 19, 2010, Ms. Fern E. Radford filed a wrongful death claim against Hilltop Heath Care Center in Kanawha County for the wrongful death of Barbara E. Farrish. According to The West Virginia Record, Radford is the executor of Ms. Farrish’s estate and is claiming that the center failed to “provide her with sufficient hydration, monitor her intake of fluids and notify her physician of significant changes in her condition” during her two-year stay at Hilltop. As a result, Radford claims, Ms. Farrish died from pneumonia that could have been prevented with adequate care. Radford is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Unfortunately, cases like this one are not uncommon. For many elderly patients, it is hard to find a trusted legal advocate. However, you can hire a personal injury attorney to fight for you or to defend a wrongful death case involving a loved one and a nursing home. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and companies who break the rules can be heavily penalized under the law.