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Raleigh nursing facility faces suit alleging improper care of infection contributed to resident's death

State Court

By Marian Johns | Mar 25, 2020

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BECKLEY — Raleigh Center, a nursing and rehabilitation facility, is facing a wrongful death suit by the estate of a former resident claiming a worsening infection led to the resident's death. 

Gloria Sawyers, administrator of the estate of Billie Leftwich, filed the complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Raleigh Center and its parent company, Genesis Healthcare LLC, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Leftwich became a resident of Raleigh Center on Jan. 7, 2019. The plaintiff claims that while under the care of the nursing and rehabilitation facility, Leftwich suffered from a worsening infection from a pressure-related skin injury that contributed to her death in April 2019.  The plaintiff claims the facility lacked an appropriate number of staff and failed to inform Leftwich's family members of her medical condition. 

The plaintiff seeks a trial by jury and monetary damages. She is represented by Jeff Stewart, Andrew Paternostro and S. Andrew Stonestreet of Stewart/Bell PLLC in Charleston. 

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Robert Burnside.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 20-C-34

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