Woman suffers fractured humerus, blames nursing facility

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 26, 2013, 4:00pm

GALVESTON - League City local Inocencia Alanis alleges that the actions of a nursing home employee in May 2011 resulted in injuries which rendered her immobile, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed July 22 against Regent Care Center of League City L.P. in Galveston County District Court, Alanis asserts said employee's failure to place her arm sling on her prior to moving her onto a bed on May 8, 2011, resulted in her rolling her arm off the attendant's shoulder and "shrieking in pain."

The suit shows the plaintiff's doctor required she wear the sling.

Alanis was later determined to have suffered a fractured humerus, and she was transported to the nearby Clear Lake Regional Hospital where she "was subjected to a barrage of medical exams."

While under observation, according to the original petition, the complainant was informed that she had compression fractures to her spine.

She had been attending therapy sessions at the defendant's facility, but her mobility had worsened, the suit states.

It adds that Alanis was considered for a procedure in which "bone cement was to be injected into the cracks of her vertebrae and help alleviate her back pain and possibly aid her stability" to no avail.

"Had Mrs. Alanis been able to position her arm so it would not be overlaying the spine and obscuring visualization, she could have undergone the procedure," the suit says.

"Instead, Mrs. Alanis has had to continue suffering back aches that make it almost impossible for her to walk and move."

Meanwhile, the respondent, doing business as Regent Care Center of League City, is faulted for:

  • Failing to properly train employees on proper procedures for transferring the plaintiff;

  • Failing to properly transfer the plaintiff; and

  • Failing to follow physician's orders.

Consequently, Alanis seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Fayez H. Hatamleh of Aly & Associates, PLLC in Houston.

Case No. 13-CV-945

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