Nursing home accused of trying to conceal the facts of a resident's fall out of bed

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 13, 2018

CHICAGO — A nursing home is accused of trying to hide the facts of a resident's fall out of bed, as she allegedly was being repositioned by staff.

Ellean Davis, the nursing home resident, filed a complaint on Sept. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court against Manor Care Health Services - Homewood, for an alleged violation of the Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, on May 24, Davis was admitted to facility, as she had "decreased independence with bed mobility and transfers," which was noted in her chart.

The plaintiff claims she fell and hit her head on the hard floor, suffering an injury on her left forehead, as a staff member was repositioning her in bed. She also allegedly broke her right knee in the fall. As a result, Davis was admitted to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Hospital for treatment and discharged on May 31. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant allowed the resident to fall from the bed while repositioning her, failed to have an adequate number of staff members assisting with repositioning and allegedly attempted to conceal the facts of the fall.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment greater than $50,000, plus all damages, attorneys' fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Brian J. Lewis of Gibson Lewis in Waukegan.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-009541

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