Son sues nursing home for deceased mother's poor care

Steve Gonzalez Jul. 27, 2005, 9:44am

Eunice Smith Home

Seigle Hayes, the son of Irma Hayes, filed suit against an Alton nursing home alleging it failed to provide his mother with appropriate medical care and treatment, which eventually led to her death.

Hayes claims that the Eunice Smith Home on College Avenue in Alton used the wrong mechanical lift on March 17, when staff were transferring his mother from a wheelchair to her bed. As a result, his mother's left distal femur was fractured, which in part contributed to her death on March 25, the suit claims.

According to the complaint, the nursing home was negligent for failing to:

  • Use the proper mechanical lift;
  • Have an adequate staff to provide proper care;
  • Have a competent nursing staff;
  • Train its nursing and nursing aid staff; and
  • Provide adequate supervision and monitoring of Irma Hayes to assure that her health care plan, physicians orders and policies have been implemented and complied with.

    Hayes claims that his mother endured substantial pain and suffering in her body and mind and was deprived of the remaining enjoyment of life that she had.

    Represented by Craig Jensen of The Lakin Law Firm in Wood River, Hayes is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 plus reasonable attorney fees.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran, Jr.

    05 L 670

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