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Suit alleges health care facilities failed to treat infection

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing Covenant Care Midwest Inc., doing business as Highland Health Care Center, and Cedar Ridge Health Rehab Center, alleging that they failed to treat multiple serious health issues.

Terri Dewalt filed a complaint on June 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they violated the Abused and Neglected Long Term Care Facility Residents Reporting Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 1, 2015, she developed a serious leg infection that resulted in illness while a resident at the defendants' health facility. Plaintiff claims she failed to receive the proper medication, care and services she needed and required for her to maintain a good mental or psychosocial status. As a result, Dewalt claims she suffered multiple infections, dehydration, malnutrition, pain and expenses for hospital and related medical care. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide the necessary care and services to prevent a decline in her abilities to perform activities of daily living, failed to make a comprehensive assessment of plaintiff's needs and failed to notify plaintiff's family of changes in her condition.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000 for costs, and any other relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Mark S. Peebles of Peebles & Associates LLC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-348

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