Meridian Village targeted in med mal complaint

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 16, 2008

Meridian Village

The estate of Irmona Browning filed suit against Meridian Village Care Center in Madison County Circuit Court April 11, alleging the nursing home violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Browning fell on two separate occasions on July 19, 2007, once at 2:25 a.m. and again at 8 a.m. sustaining severe and permanent injuries.

The estate alleges Meridian Village breached its duty to provide Browning with ordinary care so as not to cause her injury by negligently:

  • Failing to provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well being of Browning in accordance with her comprehensive assessment and plan of care;

  • Failing to provide adequate supervised nursing and personal care;

  • Failing to make objective observations of changes in Browning's condition to analyze and determine the amount of care required and the need for further medical evaluation and treatment;

  • Failing to take all necessary precautions to assure that Browning's environment remained free of accident hazards as possible and failed to evaluate her to see that she received adequate supervision and assistance to prevent accidents;

  • Failing to notify and consult with Browning's treating physician and next of kin regarding a significant deterioration in her physical, mental and psychosocial status, her falls and the injuries she sustained; and

  • Failing to timely report Browning's injury to the Department of Public Health.

    Browning's estate also alleges Meridian Village negligently failed to care for her in a manner which maintained and enhanced her dignity and quality of life, failed to ensure sufficient staff were on duty at all times to meet the total needs of its residents and failed to prepare and implement written policies and procedures governing all services provided in the facility in compliance with the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

    According to the complaint, Browning suffered a comminuted right humerus fracture which caused a marked deterioration of her prior physical condition which caused her to become liable for large sums of money in medical expenses.

    The estate also alleges Browning suffered great pain and anguish and a severe and permanent disability as a result of her injuries.

    Her estate also alleges that Browning fell again on Aug. 1, 2007, when she was in her wheelchair in the hallway suffering a fracture of her left humerus head.

    Represented by Robert Gregory of East Alton, Browning's estate is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

    08 L 305

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