CHARLESTON — A Uneeda woman is suing Charleston nursing home facility operators, alleging negligence led to the death of the plaintiff's mother. 

J. Peal Cox, as personal representative of the estate of Jewell M. Peal, filed a complaint Feb. 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Emeritus Corporation, doing business as Brookdale Charleston Gardens, and Donna Prowse, alleging failure to maintain the facility in a safe and secure manner.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 13, 2016, Jewell Peal was admitted to Brookdale Charleston Gardens for rehabilitation and assistance with her daily activities. As a result of the defendants negligent acts, the suit says, Peal suffered systematic abuse resulting in significant injuries that ultimately led to her death Oct. 20, 2016. 

The plaintiff alleges Brookdale Charleston Gardens and Prowse failed to provide adequate staff and failed to provide adequate supervision to prevent Peal from multiple fall incidents and an assault from other residents.

Cox seeks trial by jury, all damages allowed by law, attorney fees, court costs and all other relief the court deems fit. She is represented by attorneys Jeff D. Stewart, Andrew L. Paternostro and S. Andrew Stonestreet of Stewart Bell PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-172

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