Daughter files suit against Forest Hill claiming mother died of improper medical care


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Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2013, 8:36 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
A woman has filed a wrongful death suit against Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, East Moline, claiming her 85-year-old mother died in 2011 because of improper medical care.

Sandra McCoy, of Long Grove, filed the suit on Monday in Rock Island County Circuit Court on behalf of her mother, Jacqueline Pitkin, of Davenport. She is requesting more than $50,000 in damages.

Prior to her death in January 2011, Ms. Pitkin lived about a month at the East Moline rehabilitation center.The suit claims during her stay, nursing home employees failed to properly treat and care for a urinary tract infection Ms. Pitkin developed, allegedly allowing her to become extremely dehydrated, and failed to supervise her food and liquid intake.

As a result, the complaint claims, Ms. Pitkin incurred great pain and eventually suffered kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis. Forest Hill employees acted negligently and breached their duty to give "reasonable care and maintenance" to their patient, who ultimately died as a result, the suit contends.

Ms. Pitkin was survived by Ms. McCoy and two other adult daughters -- Sharon Webb and Paula Johansen -- all of whom have "suffered substantial grief and sorrow" over the loss of their mother, the complaint states. Ms. McCoy was named her mother's estate administrator on Jan. 9, according to records.

The complaint lists several respondents in discovery who may be named as defendants as the case continues. They include GEM Healthcare Management Inc., Benjamin Shnurman and Benjamin Z. Shnurman.

A representative from the rehab center on Tuesday, who declined to give his name, said the facility was not aware of the suit and would not comment on pending litigation.A May 16 case management conference has been scheduled.



















 




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