Posted on March 2nd, 2009 by Zane Cagle
In a complaint filed on Feb. 20 in a St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, a brother and sister sued a community support service facility in Southern Illinois for the wrongful death of their brother.
Taylor, a 54-year-old mentally retarded man, died last August due to complications from a hip surgery that he needed to repair a fractured hip, an injury he incurred at the facility. Since he was unable to care for himself, he lived at the care center under 24-hour supervision. He injured his hip in the shower after the staff failed to put him in a shower strap, putting him at direct risk for a fall.
As a result, Taylor was hospitalized and scheduled for immediate surgery. Complications from the procedure led to his death on August 19. According to the suit, the plaintiff’s claim that before dying, the victim experienced, “severe pain, suffering, disfigurement, and loss of a normal life, and incurred medical expenses.”
His relatives also state that his death caused them grief, sorrow, and loss of society. They allege the facility staff was negligent in failing to strap the victim into his shower chair and for a lack of oversight and supervision of his care. The four-count suit asks for a judgment greater than the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court including attorney fees and costs.
Losing a loved one is undoubtedly a painful and traumatic experience, especially if the loss was a result of another person’s negligence or wrong-doing. At Page Cagle, our wrongful death attorneys have the experience and skills necessary to litigate a wrongful death suit in Illinois and Missouri, knowing full-well the specifics of the state laws governing how and when to file. If you have a wrongful death case, rest assured that the legal team at Page Cagle will do everything in their power to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Zane T. Cagle today for a free consultation at 1(314) 276-1681.