Carl Bonner Sr. went to the Granite Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in January of 2010 with a brain injury that caused him to lose his balance and fall. When he died eight months later of head injuries he sustained from repeated falls at the nursing home, his family filed a wrongful death suit with the Madison County Circuit Court against his caregivers.
The complaint accuses the Granite City nursing home of failing to properly care for Bonner Sr. by allowing him to fall multiple times. Meredith Bonner is the executor of Bonner Sr.’s estate and she filed the wrongful death lawsuit. She claims the staff was made aware of Bonner Sr.’s falling issues since he sustained brain trauma in a fall. Following his initial injury, Bonner Sr. fell frequently.
In the claim, Meredith Bonner asserts that the staff and management at the nursing home knew Bonner Sr. had a high likelihood of falling again, but did not provide him proper assistance and supervision. As a result, Bonner Sr. fell repeatedly while at the nursing home, according to the complaint. In July of 2010, just six months after arriving at Granite Nursing Home, Bonner Sr. suffered a severe head injury in a fall and was taken to Gateway Regional Medical Center.
Blunt force trauma to Bonner Sr.’s head while in the care of the nursing home led to swelling and bleeding in his brain, according to the complaint. He died in the hospital in early August. Meredith Bonner asserts in the complaint that it was the nursing home’s carelessness and negligence that led to Bonner Sr.’s death.
She claims the nursing home did not keep close enough watch on Bonner Sr. and failed to notice his injuries or treat them in a timely manner. Meredith Bonner expected more from the Granite City Nursing Home. She expected the staff would listen to her family as they explained Bonner Sr.’s abilities and challenges. She expected the staff to do their own analysis of Bonner Sr.’s needs and then meet those needs. She expected the home to care for Bonner Sr. and instead she claims their negligence led to his death.
Medical and legal professionals suggest thoroughly understanding what the nursing home offers and to set expectations in writing. Different elder care companies offer various levels of health care and observation of clients. Families leaving loved ones in the care of a professional elder care home need to understand the nursing home option they have chosen and what it offers.
Families with loved ones who have been injured or neglected have a right to seek compensation for health care costs and lost wages because of time spent addressing the home’s neglect.