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Tennessee Nursing Home hit with $15 million Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The family of William Warden, 93, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Erwin Health Care Center (EHC) in Unicoi County, Tennessee, alleging the facility waited two full days before notifying family members and physicians that Warden was “comatose.”

According to the lawsuit, Warden weighed 162 pounds on March 28, 2011, and was in good health on April 25th. On May 2nd however, medical notes indicated a decline in Warden’s health, with staff writing that he was “comatose,” though the nursing home didn’t report the decline to any doctor or family member until May 4, when EHC transferred Warden to a local hospital.

The lawsuit said “Lab values from May 4, 2011 portray a man with a raging infection, who was profoundly dehydrated and in kidney failure.”

Hospital “medical records reflect that [Warden] weighed 139 pounds, which constitutes a more than 20-pound weight loss in fewer than 40 days,” the lawsuit states. “[EHC] either had no idea that Mr. Warden had become badly dehydrated, or intentionally misstated his condition.”

William Warden died on May 10, 2011. An attorney for the family said the case is “a classic example of pure neglect. He was just forgotten,” reported. disclaimer: This article: Tennessee Nursing Home hit with $15 million Wrongful Death Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 8:38 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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