Nurses at the Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center instructed Mae Badeaux to call if she needed assistance, but later found the woman on the floor after attempting to go to the bathroom by herself.
Acting as next of friend, Richard Bienvenue filed a medical malpractice suit against SRSNC on Badeaux's behalf on March 11 in the Jefferson County District Court.
According to the plaintiff's petition, Badeaux was a resident of SRSNC in Port Arthur with a history of pancreatitis, dementia, high blood pressure, anemia, gastro esophageal reflux disease and hypothyroidism, as well as coronary artery disease. She was also taking multiple psychotropic drugs.
"On Nov. 3, 2006, Ms. Badeaux was found on the bathroom floor," the suit said. "According to the records, she stated she hit her head and her right ankle. She was transferred to the St. Elizabeth Hospital. The nurses' notes go on to say that the resident stated she slipped and fell from a wheelchair while attempting to get on the commode by herself. The nurses' notes go on to say she was instructed to press the call light for assistance."
The suit continues that Badeaux suffered an array of medical complications following her fall in the bathroom.
"Ms. Badeaux was the patient of the Defendant and the Defendant owed her a duty to exercise ordinary care in the diagnosis, treatment, care, and supervision of her condition and the prevention of unnecessary falls," the suit said.
The suit lists the following acts of negligence allegedly committed by SRSNC:
Bienvenue is suing for punitive damages, plus Badeaux's past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, pain, disfigurement and impairment.
The plaintiffs are demanding a trial by jury and are represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Mark Sparks.
The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District.
Case No. D181-420