Disabled child allegedly suffers broken hip, black eye at long-term care facility

By The Madison County Record | May 19, 2015

The guardian of a disabled girl claims the child was injured while attending a long-term care facility.

Darlene Johnson, as guardian of a disabled child named Myrtle Kellebrew, filed a complaint on May 6 in Madison County Circuit Court against Petersen Health Enterprises LLC, doing business Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare Center.

According to the complaint, Kellebrew suffered serious injuries on May 9, 2014, while under the care of the defendant's long-term care facility. The injuries included a black eye, fractured left hip and facial bruising, the lawsuit states.

The defendant, according to the complaint, was negligent when it failed to transfer Kellebrew safely and well-supervised; failed to take precautions to keep the plaintiff's environment free of hazards; didn't provide an current care plan for her; didn't notify a physician of the change in her condition; and didn't ensure that Kellebrew wasn't neglected.

The plaintiff, alleging serious injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses and disability, seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Robert H. Gregory in East Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-575.

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