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Wrongful death case against Petersen Health to continue amid discovery and venue disputes

By Charmaine Little | Jun 7, 2018

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EDWARDSVILLE - An Illinois woman’s wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home continues amid discovery and venue disputes.

Plaintiff Cheryl Ryalnder, who acts as the special administrator of the estate of deceased Sandra Rylander, asked the court to order defendants Petersen Health Care Management LLC, Mark Petersen and Petersen Health Business to “comply with written discovery filed by the plaintiff,” according to the court documents.

The defendants face a wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County following the death of Sandra Rylander who suffered several falls, the Record previously reported.

Plaintiff's attorney Lanny Darr |

Rylander served the defendants Interrogatories and a request for production of documents.

Petersen Health Care Management and Mark Petersen then challenged the documents and did not complete all of the requests for the interrogatories and request for production, court records indicate. T

Rylander responded with the motion to compel the defendants to complete the discovery request.

The plaintiff’s motion to compel came after the defendants sought a transfer of venue. Petersen Management said the case should be transferred because the alleged incidents occurred in Jefferson County, and that the court action has no relation to Madison County.

In response to the venue transfer motion, the plaintiff said “a corporation is a resident of any county in which it is doing business." The plaintiff said the defendant does perform business in Madison County and operates nursing homes outside of Jefferson County.

The plaintiff also alleged in other documents that the defendants' website advertised that Petersen had a nursing home in Collinsville, which is in Madison County. She asked the court to stay the proceedings until the venue issue is settled.

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Madison County Circuit Court Petersen Health Care Third Judicial Court, State of Illinoi