Belleville nursing home blamed for wrongful death

Steve Gonzalez Jul. 14, 2005, 2:02pm

Willow Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Belleville

A five-count suit lodged against Willow Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Belleville seeks $250,000 in damages for violation of the Nursing Home Care Act.

Loretta Jones, the independent administrator of the estate of Dave Jackson, filed a wrongful death complaint July 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Represented by Stuart Cofman of Cofman & Townsley of St. Louis, Jones claims that between July 9 and Aug. 23, 2003, Willow Creek failed to provide Jackson with 24-hour service by licensed nurses, failed to keep its facility well staffed, failed to conduct initial assessment of the functional capacity of Jackson, and failed to assess Jackson to determine changes in his medical status.

According to the complaint, Willow Creek also did not prevent Jackson's pneumonia, sepsis, malnutrition, dehydration, infections and pressure ulcers.

As a result of Willow Creek's alleged negligence, Jones claims Jackson developed pressure sores on his hips, tailbone, scrotum, buttocks and feet which required hospitalization to treat septic shock.

She alleges that Jackson incurred medical bills, pain and suffering, further disability, loss of a normal life, infection and disfigurement.

According to the complaint, Jackson also suffered from a urinary tract infection and staph infection because the staff failed to clean and sterilize his foley. Those factors contributed to his death Aug. 23, 2003, Jones claims.

05 L 399 (20th Circuit)

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