Granite City Nursing and Rehab sued over resident's impairments

Kelly Holleran Sep. 22, 2011, 2:25am

A woman says a Granite City nursing home caused a recently deceased woman's multiple injuries, including her fractured knee, kidney injury and left hip injury.

Linda Manis filed a lawsuit Sept. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court against Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Aurora Cares.

In her complaint, Manis claims Helen Norfleet was living at Granite Nursing on Dec. 1, 2009, when she sustained her injuries. On the same day, Norfleet was transferred to the hospital, where she was also discovered to be dehydrated, according to the complaint.

Because of her multiple impairments, Norfleet's physical condition rapidly deteriorated, eventually leading to her death, the suit states.

Before her death, Norfleet incurred substantial medical costs, suffered great pain and mental anguish and sustained severe and permanent disability, the complaint says.

Manis blames the defendants for causing Norfleet's death, saying they negligently failed to ensure that Norfleet received proper supervision, failed to maintain her clinical records, failed to properly notify her physician when her condition began deteriorating and failed to properly care for her, among other negligent acts.

In her four-count complaint, Manis seeks a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Robert H. Gregory of the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory in East Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-935.

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