Closing arguments in Rosewood trial to be heard Friday

Amelia Flood Apr. 23, 2009, 11:00am

The second trial in a negligence suit against an Edwardsville nursing home is coming to a close.

Closing arguments in a suit brought by Paul Graves against Rosewood Care Centers of Edwardsville will be heard Friday. Witnesses for both sides testified Wednesday and Thursday, on issues such as policies, forms and call-lights.

Madison Circuit Judge David Hylla is presiding.

Plaintiff Paul Graves contends that his 80 year-old father, whom he had placed at Rosewood for the duration of his vacation to Mexico, fell on his way to the bathroom at the facility in January 2003. He argues that the nursing home violated its own policies and procedures of care set out by the state Nursing Home Care Act.

He is suing Rosewood on behalf of his father's estate for at least $50,000 and costs.

Rosewood argues that, while Alfred Graves did fall at the nursing home, it is not responsible for his accident.

This is the second go around for the case, which originally ended in a mistrial in 2007. In the original case, the jury could not reach a verdict.

The trial will resume at 10 a.m. Friday.

Graves is represented by Robert Gregory. Rosewood's attorney is Dennis McCubbin.

The case is Madison case number 03-L-1166.

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