Nursing home sued by residents for alleged injuries due to patio chairs

Catherine Melancon Sep. 24, 2012, 5:54am

Donna J. Grodner

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge couple is suing a residential nursing home after the plaintiffs allegedly fell to the ground and suffered injuries when metal patio chairs collapsed beneath them.

Dewanna and Michael McNabb filed suit against Regency Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the 19th Judicial Court on July 30.

On Aug. 12, 2011, Dewanna McNabb allegedly fell out of a porch chair after the legs of the chair collapsed underneath it, causing the plaintiff to hit her head on an air condition unit. She also allegedly suffered knee injuries and fractured her tailbone on the cement floor. The plaintiff asserts that one of the chair legs completely broke off and appeared to previously been glued back together.

Michael McNabb also claims he suffered injuries on a separate occasion on the defendant's patio chairs. On July 15, Michael allegedly fell to the ground when a patio chair collapsed underneath him.

Michael asserts he suffered injuries to his head, elbow and right side from falling to the concrete patio. Later that evening, the defendant's employees allegedly disposed of the broken metal patio chairs.

The McNabb's reside at the defendant's residential nursing home at 14333 Old Hammond Highway.

The defendant is accused of failure to maintain its patio chairs in a safe condition, failure to warn the plaintiff of potential dangers of sitting in the chairs, failure to properly train and supervise its staff and employees and spoliation of evidence.

An unspecified amount in damage is sought for bodily injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish and distress, medical and pharmaceutical expenses, permanent impairment and disability, fear and fright, embarrassment, humiliation and aggravation and loss of ability to participate in normal activities.

The plaintiffs are represented by Donna J. Grodner of Baton Rouge-based Grodner & Associates.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Janice Clark.

Case no. 614258

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