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Daughter blames nursing home operators for mother's injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 11, 2017

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CHARLESTON — A Mason County woman is suing nursing home operators, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries to the plaintiff's mother.

Ethel Price, as power of attorney of Zelma Burgess, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Sunbridge Dunbar Healthcare LLC, doing business as Dunbar Center and Genesis Healthcare LLC, alleging failure to provide a safe environment to Zelma Burgess.

According to the complaint, during Burgess' residency at the defendants' Dunbar nursing facility, she was assaulted by a fellow resident that caused Burgess serious injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to adequately staff the facility, failed to provide appropriate health care and protective services and failed to provide adequate supervision and monitoring.

Price seeks trial by jury, all damages, attorney fees, costs of court as well as all other proper relief. She is represented by attorneys Andrew L. Paternostro, Jeff D. Stewart and Shayla M. Rigsby of The Bell Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-c-1806

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