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Texas family seeks wrongful death damages against nursing home

A Texas family is seeking legal action against a nursing home they accuse of negligence. The wrongful death suit alleges the nursing home left a urinary tract infection (UTI) their loved one was suffering from untreated, ultimately leading to their death. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the woman's estate against Nexion Healthcare Center.

The woman was one of the nursing home's patients in 2010. She developed the infection, but the lawsuit alleges it went untreated, causing a serious infection. The woman was taken to the hospital a few days later, but passed away from the subsequent infection caused by the initial UTI. The nursing home is accused of failing to properly treat the woman.

The family has requested a jury trial and is seeking several awards in her death, including money to pay for her funeral and damages related to the incident. The lawsuit alleges many failures in the incident, among them the failure to monitor their loved one's blood pressure, the improper administration of medication and for altering the facts in a patient's records. Many more allegations are leveled against the nursing home in the lawsuit as well.

When a Texas family loses a loved one due to another's negligence, they often have rights that allow them to seek a civil judgment. Although a wrongful death lawsuit won't change the circumstances of what occurred, it could serve as a deterrent and strong message that such negligence will not be tolerated. A successful lawsuit could result in a monetary award that may help alleviate the financial strain of the unexpected loss of a loved one.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Mount Pleasant nursing home faces wrongful death lawsuit," Michelle Keahey, Dec. 27, 2012

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