Mark Trammell Oct. 6, 2015, 10:54am

A resident of a nursing home is seeking financial restitution after her caregivers allegedly mishandled and dropped her on the floor multiple times.

Geraldine Magerski, a resident of Manor Care of Palos Heights West facility, filed suit Aug. 20 against said residence in Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division, citing violations of the Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Magerski was admitted to the facility for treatment of a broken ankle on Feb. 1. Upon assisting her into the bed on the same day, two employees of the facility allegedly mishandled her, directly resulting in her falling off said bed and onto the floor. Then, when further assisting her back up onto the bed, the staff in question allegedly dropped her to the floor a second time, the complaint states. As a direct result of these actions, Magerski claims to have suffered a broken hip.

As such, the staff directly violated Magerski's rights to adequate care and aid, she alleges. She also alleges inadequate training among the staff and failure to provide proper treatment and care.

The plaintiff seeks restitution of more than $50,000 for medical expenses incurred, including those for disfigurement and disabilities, pain and suffering, and physical and emotional trauma. She is represented by Mark G. Adler of Adler & Adler P.C. of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division case number 2015L008542.

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