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Guardian blames heath care facility for elderly woman's injuries

By The Madison County Record | Jul 14, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A legal guardian is suing a Belleville health care facility, alleging its negligence led to her sister's suffering injuries. 

Cynthia Holderfield, as legal guardian of Elise Ann Wasson, a disabled adult, filed a lawsuit June 16 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Support System and Services Inc., alleging negligence in that heath care facility employees failed to comply with its own policies and procedures.

According to the complaint, in January 2015, Wasson became a resident of defendant's facility in Belleville. In summer 2015, the suit says, Wasson fell and hit her head on the wall at the facility, and Jan. 17, 2016, she again fell and hit her head. 

The lawsuit states these incidents caused Wasson to suffer serious injuries, physical pain, mental anguish and disfigurement and medical related expenses. The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to protect Wasson from abuse and neglect, failed to provide adequate and humane care and services and failed to provide assistive devices.

Holderfield seeks a trial by jury, judgment of more than than $75,000, plus legal costs. She is represented by attorney Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe, Keefe Unsell PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-317

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