Nursing Home Sued in Two Different Wrongful Death Lawsuits

A Charleston nursing home has recently been sued in two separate wrongful death lawsuits, according to a news development that our Baltimore nursing home negligence attorneys have been watching, after two residents died at the home due to the home’s alleged negligence and abuse.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Teays Valley Center nursing home has been sued by the daughter of former resident Anoway Rose Smith, who according to the lawsuit, suffered from nursing home abuse and negligence that led to bedsores, weight loss due to dehydration and nursing home falls.

The lawsuit states that Smith resided at the nursing home four times between August 2009 and February 2010, during which time she sustained systemic nursing home abuse and neglect that led to her death on February 23, 2010.

In a second lawsuit filed against Teays Valley Center, the home is also being accused of causing the wrongful death of another resident. Shirley Osburn has filed the lawsuit, claiming that the her husband John Osburn died as a result of severe nursing home abuse and negligence while residing in the home.

Osburn claims in the lawsuit that while her husband was a resident of the nursing home in July of 2009, he suffered significant injuries from substandard care, abuse, and negligence, including a fractured hip, urinary tract infection, dehydration, and sepsis.

Both lawsuits are asking for damages for pain and suffering, anguish, physical impairment, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, aggravation of physical defects and existing diseases, and medical expenses, as well as punitive damages.

As our attorneys have reported in a previous Maryland nursing home abuse and negligence blog post, under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, all nursing home residents are entitled to receive quality care in an environment that both maintains and improves the quality of their health, mentally and physically.

If a Maryland nursing home resident sustains an injury or dies because of nursing home abuse or neglect, the nursing home could be held liable for Maryland wrongful death, or nursing home negligence. Contact our attorneys at Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC today.

Putnam nursing home named in wrongful-death lawsuits, Charleston Gazette, July 5, 2011

Related Web Resources:

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Maryland Department of Aging

Related Blog Posts:

Resident Dies From Sepsis—Home Sued by Family for Negligence and Wrongful Death, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, July 22, 2011
Family Installs “Granny Cam” to Catch Nursing Home Abuse—Sues for Wrongful Death, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, July 7, 2011
Nursing Home Sued Again for Wrongful Death and Negligence, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, July 1, 2011
Nursing Home Sued For Negligence after Patient Died from Pressure Sore Complication, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, May 4, 2011
Daughter Sues Nursing Home for Negligence After Mother Dies from Pressure Sores, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, March 10, 2011
The Danger of Sepsis in Nursing Homes, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, September 27, 2010

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