Patient alleges health care facility did not provide proper care

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 29, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A patient is suing a Swansea health care facility, alleging he was neglected and not provided the care he needed by the health care team.

John Macklin, individually and through his next friend and court-appointed guardian and representative Francine Watson, filed a complaint Feb. 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Swansea Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and Petersen Health Care II Inc., alleging negligence and breach in the standard of care.

According to the complaint, Macklin was a resident of the Swansea health care facility owned and operated by the defendant. The plaintiff says he required assistance with a number of daily routines, including hygiene needs and eating. 

The suit states Macklin suffered second- and third-degree burns Feb. 27, 2017 when the defendants' employee spilled hot coffee on his hand. The plaintiff also claims he suffered ulcers as the defendants were negligent in providing the appropriate hygienic care, including changing the plaintiff's diaper every two hours.

Macklin seeks compensation in excess of $50,000 with costs of court. He is represented by attorney Drew C. Baebler of The Baebler Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-154

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