The family of Ralph Seewald have settled their nursing home negligence and wrongful death suit with the Riverside Health Care Center and the Village Health Care Center nursing homes reports the Billings Gazette.
Seewald’s family filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the two nursing homes after the 87-year-old man died in 2005 of a blood infection. Seewald’s family alleged that the nursing homes failed to provide adequate health care to Seewald. The lawsuit asked for compensation for “pain and suffering, mental anguish, severe emotional distress, grief, sorrow, medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other damages caused by alleged negligence. Family also asked for punitive damages.”
According to the negligence lawsuit, Seewald fractured his neck while he was being transferred from a wheelchair. After the fall, he was confined to his bed and developed decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores. The lawsuit alleged that Seewald’s pressure sores were not properly cared for and the infection developed into gangrene which eventually killed him.
The terms of the wrongful death lawsuit were not disclosed; All of the parties signed a confidentiality agreement. However, Roger Seewald, Ralph’s son and representative of the Seewald’s estate, expressed satisfaction in the resolution of the lawsuit.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney Blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by nursing home abuse or neglect and the family of those who have died.
Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the deceased by the surviving spouse, child, parent or the estate. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in handling wrongful death cases.