Nursing home blamed for not properly caring for woman's tracheotomy

Kelly Holleran Feb. 18, 2013, 11:20pm

The four children of a recently deceased woman claim a nursing home contributed to their mother’s death when it failed to properly care for her recently changed tracheotomy. 

Robbine Alexander, Shannon Alexander, Lloyd Alexander III and Lloyd Alexander IV filed a lawsuit Feb. 12 in Jefferson County District Court against Clairmont Beaumont, doing business as Clairmont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The plaintiffs claim their mother had been living at Clairmont since Feb. 14, 2011, for additional rehabilitation following respiratory failure. On July 25, 2011, Florence Alexander’s tracheotomy tube was changed and she returned to Clairmont for additional care, according to the complaint.

However, the suit alleges that because of Clairmont employees’ negligence in caring for the tracheotomy tube, Florence Alexander suffered from a mucus plug, which led to respiratory arrest, followed by cardiac arrest. In turn, Florence Alexander suffered from anoxic encephalopathy, which is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen to her brain, the complaint says.

On Sept. 3, 2011, Florence Alexander died, the plaintiffs claim.

Due to their mother’s death, the plaintiffs lost her companionship and society, experienced mental anguish and lost her care, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel and inheritance, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs blame Clairmont Beaumont for causing their mother’s death, saying the nursing home negligently failed to hire and train appropriate personnel, failed to provide a competent management team and failed to change or clean Florence Alexander’s inner cannula on a daily basis.

The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate and other relief the court deems just.

John Werner of Reaud, Morgan and Quinn in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A193-931

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