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Resident alleges St. Paul's Home failed to change dressing on wound

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 25, 2017


BELLEVILLE — A resident is suing a Belleville nursing home for allegedly failing to properly treat her heel would or change the dressing. 

Ellen Paule filed a complaint on March 10 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against St. Paul's Home, alleging the defendant violated the Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 15, 2015, Paule was admitted to the defendant's nursing home with a diagnosis of mildly necrotic right heel ulceration. However, she claims that throughout her stay, her heel wound dressing was never changed and that live larvae were found in the wound. 

As a result, Paule claims she suffered deterioration of her prior physical and mental condition, prevention from attending to her usual duties and affairs of life and lost value of time. 

The plaintiff alleges St. Paul's Home failed to care for her in a manner and environment that promoted maintenance or enhancement of her quality of life, failed to employ sufficient staff to provide adequate services to meet the total needs of its residents and failed to provide necessary care and services to attain or maintain the well-being of residents.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, with attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just. 

She is represented by John J. Hopkins of John J. Hopkins and Associates PC in Alton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-117

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