Health care providers accused of allowing patient to fall repeatedly

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 12, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE — A lawyer is suing Alton health care providers, alleging her client was caused to fall repeatedly.

Michelle West, as power of attorney for Janet G. Yates, filed a complaint Feb. 21 in Madison County Circuit Court against OSF Healthcare System, doing business as OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony's Health Center, OSF Healthcare System, doing business as OSF St. Clare's Hospital, Helia Healthcare of Jerseryville LLC, doing business as Jerseyville Nursing & Rehab Center, Bridgemark Healthcare LLC and nurse Stacy Cato, alleging negligence.

The suit alleges Yates was a resident of OSF Healthcare System from Feb. 19-March 14, 2017, and a resident at Helia Healthcare from Nov. 30, 2017 to the present. The complaint states Yates was caused to fall after an MRI at Saint Anthony's. Then on Feb. 20, 2017, the plaintiff showed signs of subacute infarcts increasing in size. From Feb. 20-25, 2017, Yates was a patient at St. Anthony's and St. Clare's and was put on high risk for falls, yet she fell out of her wheelchair Feb. 25, 2017. Yates then fell twice during her time at Willow Rose Rehab & Health from June 10-Nov. 30, 2017. 

The lawsuit states Yates was transferred to Helia on Nov. 30, 2017 and fell Dec. 14, 2017. The plaintiff then fell again on Dec. 30, 2017, Jan. 16, 2018, March 30, 2018, April 10, 2018, May 15, 2018, June 12, 2018, and Aug. 9, 2018. 

The suit states that Yates was treated for contusions on her body at Jersey Community Hospital. Her treatment at Jerseyville Nursing & Rehab was investigated on Sept. 25, 2018, and it was allegedly discovered that the caregivers had been in violation of not controlling Yates' medication. 

She currently resides at Helia Healthcare. 

Michelle West, seeks damages and court costs. She is represented by attorney Eva E. Golabek of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in Chicago.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-247

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