A West Virginia rehabilitation center (nursing home) and a West Virginia physician were named as defendants in a West Virginia nursing home negligence case that was recently filed in the Fayette County Court. The West Virginia patient had total hip replacement surgery on November 12, 2012 after which she spent four days in the hospital before being discharged to the defendant rehab facility. Just over one month after her surgery, she was readmitted to another hospital where it was found that her right hip prosthetic was infected.
During her second hospitalization, the woman underwent an incision and drainage of her surgical wound during which the polyethylene liner from her implant was removed and replaced. An infectious disease doctor recommended a six-week course of intravenous antibiotics to treat her serious infection; the IV antibiotics was started while she was in the hospital. Five days later, the woman was transferred back to the defendant rehab facility for continued treatment.
The West Virginia medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendant nursing home failed to provide the woman with one of the intravenous antibiotics that was prescribed by the hospital infectious disease specialist. As a result, the lawsuit contends, the woman had to be readmitted to the hospital a couple of weeks later, at which time it was determined that the hip implant had to be removed in order to properly treat her serious infection.
On January 6, 2013, the woman had the surgery to remove her hip implant and to have an antibiotic hip spacer implanted. Despite such efforts to eradicate her serious infection, the woman’s physical and mental condition deteriorated, and she died on February 7, 2013.
The West Virginia nursing home malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the West Virginia nursing home was negligent in providing medical care to the woman during her stays from December 20, 2012 through December 28, 2012 and from January 2, 2013 through January 8, 2013. The plaintiff is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants.
When a hospitalized patient is transferred from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility (nursing home) for a level of medical care and treatment that may not be available to the patient at home, it is reasonable for the patient and the patient’s family to expect that the nursing home will provide the timely and appropriate care and services ordered by the hospital at the time of the transfer to the nursing home. If it fails to do so, the patient may be harmed and the nursing home may expose itself to a claim for nursing home negligence or nursing home neglect if the nursing home resident suffers bad consequences as a result of poor nursing home care.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in West Virginia or in another U.S. state due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, or nursing home abuse, you should promptly find a local nursing home claim lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your possible nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.
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