BELLEVILLE – A Belleville nursing home is suing a former patient, alleging an unpaid balance.
Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center LLC filed the lawsuit Feb. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Charles Shockey of Belleville, alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
According to the complaint, Shockey formerly resided at Midwest Rehabilitation's facility at 727 N. 17th St., Belleville. The suit says the parties entered into a verbal contract when the defendant was admitted to facility that the plaintiff agreed to provide personal care, room, board, dietary and laundry services, medicine and treatments to Shockey and the defendant agreed he would pay for those services.
Despite providing the services and submitting invoices to the defendant, the plaintiff alleges Shockey did not pay for those services. The balance due is $56,150, according to the complaint, and the plaintiff's refusal to pay is a breach of the contract.
In addition, the suit says, Shockey benefited from those services and was enriched to plaintiff's detriment. Allowing the defendant to retain the benefit of the services provided by the plaintiff would be inequitable under the circumstance, the complaint alleges, and the defendant has not contested the amount due.
Midwest Rehabilitation seeks, for breach of contract, $56,150, interest incurred in pursuing this action, and other relief the court deems just and proper. For the unjust enrichment count, the plaintiff seeks reasonable value of the services provided to be proven at trial, accumulated interest and other relief the court deems just and proper. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys M. Quinn Murphy and S. Linda Habibi of Sandberg Phoneix & von Gontard PC in St. Louis.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-110