Witnesses in a wrongful death lawsuit against an Illinois nursing home contradicted one another recently in trial. The victim, who had been restricted to bed rest, had fallen on the floor of her room and was discovered by a laundry lady.
Jurors heard one nursing home nurse state that she did not see or hear a call light from the victim’s room. A certified nurse assistant also testified that she refused to “log roll” the resident who was lying face down because she did not know whether the victim had broken her neck or back. The nursing assistant testified that the nurse rolled the victim by herself and should not have done so. On cross-examination, the nursing assistant also stated that she had heard a call light’s buzzing sound but did nothing about it because she had been told to stay at the nurse’s station. The nurse insisted that she heard no call light and if she would have, she would have run to the resident’s room. She also testified that she definitely had a certified nurse assistant help her log roll the resident. The jury’s determination of which nursing home employee they believe will be essential to the ultimate outcome of the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit.
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