Daughter sues VIP Manor for mother's death

Steve Gonzalez May 8, 2006, 4:57pm

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Alinda Rust filed a wrongful death suit against VIP Manor, claiming the Wood River nursing home failed to provide adequate care for her mother who died there in September 2004.

According to the lawsuit filed May 8 in Madison County Circuit Court, Rust claims her mother Viola Baehler suffered from dehydration, malnutrition and sepsis. Baehler was a resident from May 12, 2004 through Sept. 20, 2004.

Rust also claims her mother incurred medical expenses, and suffered from physical pain, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement.

Represented by Craig Jensen and Michael Blotevogel of the Lakin Law Firm in Wood River, Rust is seeking damages in excess of $200,000, plus costs of the suit, attorneys' fees and for trial by jury.

The suit claims the nursing home failed to provide Viola with appropriate, proper and adequate nursing care and treatment, failed to have adequate numbers of nursing personnel, failed to have a competent nursing staff and failed to train its staff to care for her.

Rust also claims that VIP failed to provide adequate supervision and monitoring to her mother to assure that her health care plan, physician's order and policies had been implemented and complied with and failed to ensure that her mother received adequate nutrition and hydration.

She further claims the nursing home failed to implement a pain assessment plan for her mom, failed to notify her doctors of the changes in her condition and failed to monitor and report adverse effects suffered by her mom as a result of her medications.

She also claims that as a result of her mother's death, she has suffered losses of a personal and pecuniary nature.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Lola Maddox.

On Feb. 17, 2005, Crystal Calvert filed suit against the nursing home claiming that Sarah Ferguson sustained serious injuries from numerous falls while a patient at the facility.

On Aug. 30, 2004, Jesse Busse, a certified nurse's aide, claims she was fired Oct. 20, 2004, after helping a resident who lacked sufficient oxygen and for reporting another incident of neglect to a nurse. The incidents took place on Oct. 6 and 7, 2004.

Robert Gregory of East Alton filed the two prior suits and both are still pending.

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