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Estate of Man Who Died At Local Nursing Home Now Suing Facility

Mar 14, 2003 | Henderson Gleaner

The estate of an 86-year-old man who died at Redbanks Nursing Center a year ago sued the nursing home Thursday, claiming his death was caused by negligence or abuse.

The lawsuit in Henderson Circuit Court was filed by Nancy Satterfield, personal representative of her father, George Jones, who died March 18 of last year.

Defendants include Redbanks and Henderson County Health Care Corp., its non-profit parent company; Wells Health Systems Inc. of Owensboro, which administers the nursing home; registered nurse Karen Martin and certified nurse assistants Melissa Grissom, Michelle Licht and Fabiola Mumbrum. Martin and Mumbrum live in Henderson, Grissom in Marion, and Licht in Palmer, Alaska.

The lawsuit says Jones became a resident of Redbanks on Feb. 4, 2002, when he was "at risk for serious injury due to his physical and mental condition, as well as a history of multiple falls." Toward the end of February he sustained injuries to his face and ribs, "as well as internal injuries" resulting in internal bleeding.

The suit says the injuries "were consistent with his falling" or perhaps his being "manhandled and abused by others. In either respect defendants were responsible for his safety and welfare, and the resulting injuries received by Mr. Jones."

The suit says they failed to take necessary precautions against Jones falling or staff "physically manhandling and/or abusing Mr. Jones so as to cause his injuries.

"Defendants failed to provide (Jones) with adequate living assistance, skilled nursing care and skilled supervision.

"The acts and/or omissions were such major and significant deviations from accepted medical, nursing and rehabilitation practice that they, in addition to negligence, constituted wanton, reckless disregard and/or grossly negligent conduct. Such acts and/or omissions proximately caused or substantially contributed to Mr. Jones' injuries and death and, as such, give rise to and warrant the imposition by the jury of significant punitive damages."

The suit does not mention a specific monetary figure. But in addition to punitive damages, the suit asks that Jones' estate be recompensed for his pain and suffering and costs for medical and funeral expenses in an amount the court deems "just and reasonable."

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