A man died after falling at a nursing home, according to a recently filed court document.

Dwayne C. Copeland filed a lawsuit June 5 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Alton Memorial Hospital, doing business as Alton Memorial Hospital Hatch Skilled Nursing.

In his complaint, Dwayne Copeland claims John Copeland, who was living at Alton Memorial Hospital Hatch Skilled Nursing, sustained a hip fracture and a subdural hemorrhage Dec. 27. The injuries led to John Copeland’s death, according to the complaint.

Dwayne Copeland blames Alton Memorial Hospital Hatch Skilled Nursing for causing John Copeland’s death, saying its employees negligently failed to assist and encourage John Copeland with his movements, failed to take all necessary precautions to ensure that John Copeland’s environment remained free of accident hazards and failed to develop an up-to-date resident care plan based on his assessment.

Because of John Copeland’s death, his estate incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Dwayne Copeland is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just. He is being represented by Robert H. Gregory of the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory in East Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-827.

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