Home Health Provider Sued Over Injury to Patient While Lifting

A pediatric home health services provider was sued by an employee who alleged that it ignored the employee’s complaints about the lack of assistance in terms of physically lifting patients.

The lawsuit was filed against Epic Health Services Inc. d/b/a Aveanna Healthcare. It was filed on March 4, 2019 in Harris County, Texas District Court.

In the complaint, it was stated that the employee was injured on May 14, 2017 while turning a semi-comatose patient for incontinence care.

The patient allegedly “lacked conscious control over her physical movement,” which caused her to shift her weight and roll onto the home health care employee’s wrist. The complaint alleged that the employee suffered a hyper-extension injury.

According to the report of the filing of this complaint, the employee of the health care provider had previously informed her employer, Aveanna Healthcare, that she needed help in lifting some of the patients she was assigned to take care of.  She claimed that there was no response to that request. In fact, the complaint alleges that, instead, the employee was reprimanded for “criticizing the patient’s weight.”

The lawsuit does not allege any specific amount of monetary damages but does request a trial by jury.

The attorney representing the plaintiff in this case is Dale M. Carroll.

Swope v. Epic Health Services, Inc. d/b/a Aveanna Healthcare, Harris County, 157th District Court, Case No. 2019-15601.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home negligence lawsuits, home health care injury cases, nursing home injury lawsuits, nursing home bed sore cases and nursing home abuse lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Waukegan, Zion, Aurora, St. Charles, Wheaton, Chicago (Wicker Park, Rogers Park, Albany Park, Jefferson Park, West Town, Little Italy, Wrigleyville, Hyde Park), Glencoe, Northfield, Oak Lawn, Oak Park and Park Forest, Ill.

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