Daughter sues Sunbridge Dunbar for nursing home negligence

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 19, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County woman is suing Sunbridge Dunbar Health Care Corp. after she claims it was negligent in caring for her mother.

Sunbridge Healthcare Corporation and and Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. were also named as defendants in the suit.

Gail Phares was a resident in the defendants' nursing home from April 17, 2008, until May 17, 2010, according to a complaint filed Sept. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Phares' daughter, Beverly Adkins, claims during her stay in the nursing home, Phares suffered an injury of unknown origin that resulted in an impacted fracture of the left shoulder.

Adkins claims the defendants failed to provide a safe environment so as to prevent injuries.

Sunbridge also failed to document or investigate the cause of Phares' injury, according to the suit.

Adkins claims Phares sustained falls with associated bone fractures, constipation and an overall decline in her physical and functional status

The defendants deprived Phares the right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services consistent with her care plan, according to the suit.

Adkins is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Andrew L. Paternostro and Jeff D. Stewart.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1691

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