Daughter alleges nursing home's negligence caused mother's death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 19, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Dunbar woman is suing a Kanawha County nursing home facility, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Deborah M. Edmonds, as estate executor of her mother Betty Jo Snipstad, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Lincoln Drive Operations LLC, doing business as Valley Center, and Genesis Healthcare LLC, alleging they breached professional standards of care and treatment.

According to the complaint, while Snipstad was still a resident of the Valley Center nursing home facility in Kanawha County, she suffered injuries.  The suit says these included development of pressure-related skin injuries, urinary tract infection and sepsis, pain and suffering, mental anguish, aggravation of existing disease.

The lawsuit states these resulted from the defendants' negligent care, treatment and supervision of the decedent, and eventually contributed to Snipstad's death Nov. 18, 2017. Additionally, Edmonds says she sustained mental pain and suffering, and lost the companionship and society of her mother. 

The plaintiff alleges Valley Center and Genesis Healthcare failed to keep a resident's family members informed of her medical condition, failed to provide Snipstad with adequate supervision and a safe environment, and failed to provide a sufficient number of staff.

Edmonds seeks trial by jury, all damages, attorney fees, and other fit and 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-1104

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