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Daughter claims nursing home neglect killed her mother

Like many Pennsylvania residents, an out-of-state woman entrusted her mother's health and welfare to strangers. During the four years that her mother lived in a nursing home, she fell approximately eight times. When her mother died, she claimed that nursing home neglect was the cause.

In fact, she asserts that the nursing home staff lied to her about the true cause of her mother's death. She alleges that she was told her mother died of natural causes when she fell out of her bed. Oddly, when the woman viewed her mother's body, there was a towel around her neck.

She now believes that the towel was placed there to disguise the true cause of her mother's death. When an autopsy was performed, the pathologist ruled that the cause of death was positional asphyxia. An independent medical examiner and the county coroner both confirmed the woman's cause of death. Furthermore, an internal review done at the Arkansas nursing home also confirmed how the woman died.

If the staff at the nursing home had done its job properly, this woman's mother might not have died that day. The daughter's attorney alleges that the woman's death was preventable and that lying to the family was unconscionable. The family is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages.

Nursing home neglect is an issue across the country, including here in Pennsylvania. When a resident dies under suspicious circumstances as this woman did, surviving family members would more than likely benefit from seeking the advice and assistance of an attorney. If an investigation into the circumstances warrants it, a civil action can be filed. A successfully litigated claim in which negligence is proved could provide the family with restitution for its financial damages and might also save another life.

Source: arkansasmatters.com, "Update: Neglect Complaint Filed Against Nursing Home After Suspicious Death", Nov. 4, 2016

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