Surviving spouse blames nursing home facility for husband's death

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 29, 2016

PRINCETON — A surviving spouse is suing a Mercer County nursing home facility, alleging negligence and wrongful death in the defendant's treatment of her deceased husband. 

Loretta Lane, individually and as administrator of the estate of Estel Lane, filed a complaint Dec. 8 in Mercer Circuit Court against Loving Hands Adult Care LLC, alleging failure to implement adequate and effective fall protection systems.

According to the complaint, on July 3, 2015, Estel Lane was admitted to Loving Hands. As a result of his condition, the suit says, he was at a heightened risk for falling. 

Because of defendant's ineffective system of fall protection, the lawsuit states, on Sept. 1, 2015, Lane fell, striking his head and subsequently died Sept. 17, 2015. The plaintiff alleges Loving Hands Adult Care failed to properly train its nursing personnel on implementing its own policies and procedures for patients with heightened risk of falling and failed to hire competent nursing personnel to provide care for its patients.

Loretta Lane seeks trial by jury, judgment in an amount that will adequately compensate for injuries and the wrongful death of Estel Lane, punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of court and all other proper relief. She is represented by attorney William M. Tiano of Tiano O'Dell PLLC in Charleston.

Mercer Circuit Court Case number 16-c-399

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