Rosewood Care Center named in resident's injury suit

Ann Knef Jan. 18, 2006, 8:36am

An Alton nursing home is being sued because a resident sustained vertebral fractures after falling while left unassisted.

Alton attorney Ruth Figge, who holds power of attorney for Lillie M. Armstrong, also claims Rosewood Care Center was negligent for not notifying Armstrong's physician after she fell on Nov. 26, 2004.

Figge is represented by East Alton attorney Robert H. Gregory. The two-count suit seeks to recover at least $100,000 in damages.

In the Madison County Circuit Court suit filed Jan. 6, Figge claims Armstrong's physical and mental condition significantly deteriorated after the fail.

"By reason of her injuries, she has in the past and will in the future become liable for large sums of money for nursing care and attention, physician, hospital and other bills in and about endeavoring to become healed and cure of said injuries," the complaint states.

According to the suit, Rosewood Care Center "negligently failed to employ sufficient staff to provide adequate medical or personal care to Lillie Armstrong which resulted in her fall..."

The suit alleges Armstrong's injury was not reported "timely" to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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