Terry Law Firm Sues Stonebridge Maryland Heights for Neglecting Resident's Blood Sugar Levels Resulting in Death - Terry Law Firm

Terry Law Firm Sues Stonebridge Maryland Heights for Neglecting Resident’s Blood Sugar Levels Resulting in Death

Allegations Of The Lawsuit

Albert James became a resident at Stonebridge Maryland Heights on December 1, 2017. In the first few days of his residency a staff member noted that Mr. James was “looking good” and had no signs or symptoms of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, which is high or low blood sugar. However, plaintiffs have alleged in their lawsuit that within the first 5 days of his residency at Stonebridge Maryland Heights the staff administered his insulin shots, but failed to check his blood sugar levels before, during, or after.

On December 5, 2017, Mr. James’ physician ordered the staff to check his blood sugar at least twice a day. Despite a direct order, staff members still failed to do so, according to the Petition. Two days after the physician order, on the morning of December 7, 2017, Albert James was found unresponsive with a dangerously low blood sugar level of 24. He was transferred to the hospital and diagnosed with severe encephalopathy due to severe hypoglycemia. He remained at the hospital until his death three weeks later.

Mr. James had a large family. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed as his children pursue justice for his wrongful death.

You can read the full petition here.

Corporate Relationships

Plaintiff alleges that Stonebridge, Maryland Heights was part of a joint venture involving Eldercare Management Services Inc., which is owned by the same people or entities as the Stonebridge, Maryland Heights facility. Despite receiving additional funding from Medicare and Medicaid based on the level of care required by the residents of the facility during Mr. James’ residency, Plaintiffs have alleged that the defendants failed to ensure the Stonebridge facility was sufficiently staffed with sufficiently trained employees to meet the needs of Albert James and the other residents.

Lead Attorney David W. Terry states, “Checking blood sugar and administering appropriate medication is one of the most basic functions a nursing home is responsible for. To see a situation where a blood sugar reading is this low is simply unacceptable. That is why this family is pursuing justice for their father.”

Ongoing Issues at Stonebridge Maryland Heights

This instance is not an isolated case at Stonebridge Maryland Heights. Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare has assessed them to have an overall rating of 1 star which Medicare defines as “much below average.” The facility has also experienced numerous complaints leading to state investigations which have revealed additional failures to meet the needs of the residents, just like Albert James.

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