Family alleges negligence in woman's debilitating hip injury

Dan Harkins Jul. 22, 2015, 12:22pm

CHICAGO -- A woman's family is suing those in charge of her care when she suffered three falls, including the final one that they said led her to break her hip and never recover, alleging injury, pain and suffering and medical expenses.

Harriett VanPelt, as administrator of the estate of Shirley Gilbert, filed a lawsuit July 16 in Cook County Circuit Court against Renaissance Park South, Nucare Services Corp., doing business as Nucare Management, and Clinical Consulting Solutions, known as Clinical Consulting Services.

According to the complaint, Gilbert was a resident of Renaissance Park South, 10935 S. Halsted St. Chicago, from July 16, 2009, to March 4, 2014, and during that time, the defendant was aware of her high risk for falling. The suit says on Sept. 18, 2013, she fell and had to receive five staples to the back of her head, and on Nov. 21, 2013, she had an unwitnessed fall. Ultimately, the the lawsuit states, on Dec. 4, 2013, she suffered a fall which resulted in a right hip fracture.

Two days later, the lawsuit states, Gilbert was admitted to Metro South Hospital Center where she was diagnosed with having a right displaced femoral neck fracture. A day after that, she had a right hip hemiarthroplasty to repair her hip injury, the suit says. She died March 4, 2014.

VanPelt seeks damages of more than $350,000, plus costs. She is represented by attorneys Andrew J. Thut and Michael L. Shanahn of Levin & Perconti in Chicago. 

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007274.

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