Man sues over friend's nursing home falls

Kelly Holleran Jun. 13, 2009, 12:52am


The next friend of a deceased woman has filed suit against the Belleville nursing home where the woman allegedly fell multiple times and sustained multiple fractures before her death.

James E. Golliday says Dora Haskins-Bond lived at Eldercare Inc., doing business as Calvin Johnson Care Center, from December 2004 until July 31.

During her stay at the center, Haskins-Bond fell on July 7, sustaining fractures to her left femur and right knees, according to the complaint filed June 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because Haskins-Bond had previously fallen while staying at Calvin Johnson, the plaintiff says the center and its owners should have known of her susceptibility to falls and fractures.

"As of no later than February 16, 2006, Dora Haskins-Bond was known to be at risk for falls, due to the fact that as of that date, she had sustained at least two falls at Calvin Johnson, and was known to have other factors which put her at risk for falling," the complaint says.

However, the center and its owners failed to provide adequate resources and monitoring for Haskins-Bond to prevent her from falling, among other breaches of duty, according to the complaint.

Because of her fall, Haskins-Bond incurred substantial medical costs, endured substantial pain and suffering in her body and mind and suffered disability, disfigurement and an aggravation to her pre-existing health conditions, the suit states. Golliday says Haskins-Bond also lost her enjoyment of life.

In addition to Calvin Johnson, Eldercare's administrative manager, Steven Wolf, and Prudence Wolf, who had an ownership interest in the company, are included as defendants in the suit.

In the eight-count suit, Golliday is seeking damages of more than $400,000, plus attorneys' fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Craig J. Jensen and Elizabeth A. Parker of LakinChapman in Wood River will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-298.

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