New attorney added to mother's case against Rosewood

By Christina Stueve | Jun 24, 2012

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Elizabeth Parker of the Parker Law Firm in Godfrey announced her representation of Barbara Morrissey McGrew in a lawsuit she filed against the staff at Rosewood Care facility for allegedly causing serious injuries to her disabled daughter.

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge on June 21 also granted the plaintiff's request to conduct written discovery and take depositions of three defendants in the case = Michael Brady, Darrell Hoefling and Alton Real Estate Inc.

McGrew on May 18 asked Mudge to consolidate her lawsuit against the long-term care facility in Alton with a similar suit involving her daughter.

McGrew, as next friend of Therese Morrissey, filed the complaint last October against Brady, Hoefling, Claims Administration Services LLC and Midwest Administrative Services Inc., Larry Vandermaten, Alton Real Estate Inc. and Rosewood Care Center Holding Company Inc.

McGrew says Rosewood Care Center received Medicaid payments to cover the care provided by employees of the convalescent center. In October 2009, while in Rosewood's care, McGrew says Morrissey was severely injured when a nurse allegedly improperly inserted her feeding tube.

McGrew says the improper insertion of the feeding tube caused Morrissey to develop an infection that was not treated. She says her daughter was moved to the intensive care unit in a hospital because of the severity of the situation.

McGrew accuses all seven defendants of violating the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act for failing to provide care to her daughter, failing to monitor the patient and diagnose any medical problems.

She is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

In another related case, the Alton nursing home sued a Godfrey man for not paying a bill for Therese Morrissey.

Ed Morrissey of Godfrey was listed in the lawsuit as the responsible party for Therese Morrissey for care at Rosewood.

Rosewood sought $650 for services to Morrissey when she was a resident Oct. 1-5, 2009. Rosewood also sought attorneys' fees.

A counterclaim was filed on Morrissey's behalf and against Bravo Care of Alton Inc., Michael Brady, Claims Administration Services LLC, Midwest Administrative Services, Larry Vander Maten, Darrell Hoefling, Alton Real Estate and Rosewood Care Center Holding Company, Inc. alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and OBRA regulations.

The counterclaim alleges the nursing home failed to provide appropriate care when it knew or should have known Morrissey was at risk for aspiration and the dislodgment of her gastostomy tube.

The court ordered a separate complaint be filed against Michael Brady, claims administration services LLC, Midwest Administrative Services, Larry Vander Maten, Darrell Hoefling, Alton Real Estate Inc., and Rosewood Care Center Holding Company, Inc.

Michael F. Bonamarte and Nolte of Levin & Perconti in Chicago also represent McGrew.

Dennis McCubbin, Christie Eckhardt and Rebecca Pinto represent the defense.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-1020

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