Julie Hauf, Bunker Hill, as special administrator of the Estate of the late Daniel M. Howard, is suing Heritage Manor-Carlinville, LLC, doing business as Heritage Health, Carlinville, for damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries Howard allegedly sustained in three separate incidents while being cared for at the nursing home.
Howard died Jan. 4, 2016, at the age of 82. Hauf’s suit does not allege that the injuries he allegedly sustained led to his death, but it does allege the injuries contributed to a deterioration in Howard’s health and condition. The three-count lawsuit claims Howard sustained a fracture to his left hip when he fell on July 4, 2015 at the nursing facility, that he sustained a second fracture to his left hip when he allegedly fell from his bed on Aug. 12, 2015, and that he sustained numerous head lacerations and contusions when he allegedly fell from his bed on Aug. 5, 2015.
The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 for each of the three counts, alleging that Howard experienced a marked deterioration of condition following each of the injuries, became liable for large sums of money for medical care, suffered great pain and anguish, and that the injuries resulted in severe and permanent disability.
Hauf’s lawsuit alleges the nursing home acted negligently in failing to assist and encourage Howard with ambulation and safe transfer activities, failing to take all necessary precautions to ensure Howard’s environment was free as possible of accident hazards, failing to ensure he received adequate supervision and assistance to prevent accidents, failing to develop an up-to-date resident care plan and failing to modify the plan in keeping with changes in his condition, and failing to notify Howard’s primary care physician of significant changes in Howard’s condition.