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Woman says her mother's wrongful death could have been prevented

A woman whose mother was a nursing home patient in a facility outside Alaska has blamed her mother's death on staff members. The 68-year-old patient had been diagnosed with dementia. She was prone to falling and had been severely injured on at least one other occasion before the day she died. The daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing facility.

The claim asserts that staff members were well aware of the fact the woman's mother was prone to falling. In fact, at some point, they had rigged an alarm to alert them if she fell. The day she was severely injured, the alarm was not connected. She suffered severe hematoma and substantial blood loss in that incident.

Strangely, the alarm was not reconnected after her terrible fall. Her daughter said there had been multiple other incidents since her mother became a resident at the facility. On the day of her death, the elder woman was found with her knees on a floor mat by her bed, and her head leaning on the bean, twisted toward the guardrail.

The coroner listed her direct cause of death as positional asphyxiation. However, nursing staff allegedly told the daughter a different story. The coroner also said that three very different accounts had been reported by staff members regarding what happened the day the woman died. The daughter alleges the wrongful death may have easily been prevented, were it not for an established pattern of repeated neglect and substandard care. Anyone in Alaska facing a similar situation may seek support by contacting a personal injury attorney.

Source: arkansasonline.com, "Lawsuit accuses Little Rock nursing home of negligence in 68-year-old's death", Brandon Riddle, Nov. 4, 2016

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