Resident alleges nursing home's negligence cause her to suffer wound infection

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 24, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing a Dunbar nursing home, alleging negligent supervision led to her suffering a wound infection.

Isabelle C. Smith filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Sunbridge Dunbar Health Care LLC, doing business as Dunbar Center, and Genesis Healthcare LLC, alleging the defendants failed to to provide the plaintiff with her nursing home resident's rights as set forth in West Virginia laws.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 14, 2017, Isabelle C. Smith was admitted to the Dunbar Center for rehabilitation and assistance with her activities of daily living. However, Smith says she failed to receive the expected quality care as she suffered from surgical wound dehiscence and hardware exposure, with subsequent wound care needs and treatment for infection.

The lawsuit states this caused Smith to receive additional surgical procedures Nov. 9 and Nov. 28, 2017. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly staff the facility, failed to provide proper supervision and failed to maintain the premises in a safe and secure manner.

Smith seeks trial by jury, damages, plus attorney fees, punitive damages and any other proper relief. 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-956

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