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Alton nursing home denies liability in widow's suit

By Ann Maher | Jul 26, 2016

Eunice Smith Home in Alton denies negligence in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims her husband fractured his spine while walking unassisted, which later led to his death.

Jean Campbell, as executor of the estate of her late husband, Ira S. Campbell, claims the fall incident occurred on Feb. 13, 2015, which caused him to suffer a marked deterioration in his health. He died April 10, 2015, the suit claims.

Because of his injuries, the lawsuit states, Ira Campbell's estate became liable for large sums of money for medical care while he was trying to regain his health. He also suffered pain and anguish as well as permanent disability, the suit says.

Defense attorneys at Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard argue that the damages suffered by Campbell "resulted solely from the acts or omissions of other persons or entities for which this Defendant is neither liable nor responsible."

Jean Campbell seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs. She is represented by attorney Robert H. Gregory of the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory PC in East Alton.

Circuit Judge William Mudge presides. A case management conference is set July 27.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-83

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