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Princeton nursing home blamed for woman's injuries, death

By Annie Cosby | Sep 3, 2014


PRINCETON – A Peterstown woman is suing over claims her mother was injured in a nursing home, and the injuries led to her death.

Linda French, as personal representative of the estate of Phyllis Simpkins, filed a lawsuit Aug. 4 in Mercer Circuit Court against The Havens at Princeton LLC, doing business as The Havens at Princeton, Ridge Care Inc. and Tonya Gerber, administrator, citing wrongful death.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 2, 2012, Simpkins was admitted to the defendants' assisted living facility in Princeton, where she suffered multiple falls resulting in subdural hematoma, which contributed to her death March 2, 2013. The defendants are accused of negligent training and hiring, negligence and wrongful death.

French is seeking punitive damages and costs.

She is being represented in the case by attorneys Andrew L. Paternostro, Sprague W. Hazard and Jeff D. Stewart of The Bell Law Firm PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Omar J. Aboulhosn.

Mercer Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-461

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