Nursing home settles negligence suit after blind resident hit by van

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A Wyoming nursing home has settled a lawsuit filed against it after one of its residents was hit and injured by a van driven by a staff member.

The lawsuit against Poplar Living Center in Casper, WY, was settled last month for an undisclosed amount, the Billings Gazette reported on Sunday. The suit claimed negligence on the facility's behalf after a resident, who is legally blind, was hit by a facility van while waiting for a ride in 2014. The resident has experienced pain and numbness in his arm since the incident, according to the suit.

The recently settled suit is the sixth wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit filed against Poplar Living, which is owned by SavaSeniorCare, in the past six years, the Gazette reported. The suit also claimed that the facility was understaffed, causing the resident to be alone when he was hit by the van, and also that the van was operated “negligently” by the employee.

The facility released a statement on Friday stating that it “continues to seek opportunities to improve the care and services we provide for those individuals we have to privilege to serve every day. We appreciate the efforts our staff have made to provide quality care and quality of life for our residents.”