A nursing home resident, who suffered from Down syndrome, had wandered off the facility grounds in March 2006. During that time away, the man, age 47, was struck by a car. He suffered a fractured pelvis and traumatic injury to his sciatic nerve. Hannigan v. Aspire Illinois, Inc., 06 L 4612
Following surgery and a long hospital stay, the man was released, but permanently hampered by his injuries.
In the Illinois nursing home negligence lawsuit filed, it was claimed that a line-of-sight supervision was required at the nursing facility. Another claim of nursing home negligence was that a door alarm should have been placed in the nursing home. The man had previously left facility unattended and that event was noted in his chart.
The nursing home attorney argued that the non-for-profit group home was not required to provide one-on-one supervision.
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