Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Filed After Man Wandered From West Virginia Facility

Nursing Home Negligence LawsuitThe family of a man suffered from dementia and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home responsible for his care.  The man was killed after he was struck by a CSX train.  The lawsuit names Heartland of Charleston nursing home and its parent company Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America LLC.  The lawsuit alleges the nursing home failed to:

  • Provide adequate supervision to the man
  • Follow facility protocols for missing residents
  • Secure the facility
  • Failed to use security cameras on the property to locate the man

The lawsuit highlights the tragedy that may result if a nursing home fails to monitor its Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.  Nursing homes should not only identify residents who are prone to wander, but also have safeguards in place to keep individuals safely within the confines of the facility.  Nursing homes housing residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s should have: door locks, window locks, security alarms and extra staff to ensure the residents remain safe and under supervision.

Learn more about the laws applicable to Virginia nursing homes here.
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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric