A man has filed suit on behalf of his deceased wife against a St. Clair County nursing home and four of its owners, claiming his wife died after she contracted an infection in her knee.

Robert A. Hermann claims Helen K. Hermann had a right knee wound because of a recent surgery and that because of improper care while she was at Four Fountains, the wound became infected.

As a result, Helen died on Dec. 23, 2006, according to the complaint filed Oct. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Before she died, Helen suffered pain, mental anguish and bodily injury, the suit states.

The couple also spent substantial amounts on medical costs, the suit states.

Robert claims Four Fountains and its employees were negligent because they daily failed to assess and clean the wound, failed to timely diagnose the wound's infections, failed to notify a physician of the infections, allowed the wound to become infected and failed to follow their care plan.

In the 10-count suit, Robert is seeking a judgment in excess of $450,000, plus attorneys' fees, costs and other relief.

Robert is represented by Thomas O. Falb of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-509.

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