West Virginia Nursing Home Sued for Negligence After Patient Develops Decubitus Ulcers

By Nursing Home Law Center

Care Neglect

The wife of a former Charleston, WV nursing home patient is suing Genesis Healthcare Corporation for an undisclosed amount, according to The West Virginia Record.

Garnet Phillips claims that her husband, George, suffered from several worsening conditions during his 13-month stay at the Valley Center Nursing Home, including dehydration, urinary tract infections, and sepsis.

Sepsis is a deadly blood infection that commonly occurs as a result of advanced decubitus ulcers (bedsores) or other infection sites. Mrs. Phillips claims that Valley Center staff failed to monitor her husband’s skin breakdown, and failed to develop an adequate care plan for treating and preventing bedsores. Valley Center is one of more than 200 care centers operated by Genesis.

Mr. Phillips was at Valley Center from Sept. 20, 2009 to Oct. 18 2009, according to a complaint filed March 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court. The case will be tried in front of Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

West Virginia law states that plaintiffs may seek up to $500,000 in compensatory damages.

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