Woman's suit claims nursing home allowed her to fall in shower

David Yates Jan. 29, 2008, 9:30am

Senior Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Taking blood thinners, Rhonda Scott fell in the shower and gashed her face while a patient at the Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Claiming the nursing home allowed her to fall, Scott and her husband James Dorman have filed a medical malpractice suit in the Jefferson County District Court on Jan. 28.

According to the plaintiff's petition, Scott suffered from a variety of aliments, including stroke, paralysis, diabetes, decubitis ulcer and hypertension. On Jan. 12, 2006, she was admitted to Senior Rehabilitation. Two weeks later, on Jan. 29, Scott was placed seated in a shower chair and allowed to fall, causing her to suffer personal injuries.

"Such personal injuries were attributed to defendant's failure to properly supervise, secure and assist Rhonda Scott," the suit said.

The suit faults the nursing home with "failing to properly perform the medical treatment necessary to the plaintiff's welfare according to the standards set by the nursing care profession."

Dorman is suing for loss of consortium. Scott is suing for past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, impairment and loss of mental function.

The couple is suing for exemplary damages.

They are represented by attorney Steve Parkhurst of the Dies, Hart & Parkhurst law firm.

According to its Web site, Senior Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center is a Texas nursing home with 199 licensed beds and a 13-bed secured unit that provides around-the-clock professional nursing care. "Our skilled nursing facility excels at comprehensive rehabilitation services and offers a variety of daily activities to our residents."

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D181-131

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