WFMZ reported that a lawsuit was filed over the preventable death of a nursing home resident at Cedarbrook Nursing Home caused by a staffing shortage, a federal lawsuit claims. The suit claims the county-owned facility was “intentionally and grossly understaffed” when resident Shirley Liebenguth fell and later died in 2017.
On July 5, 2017, Liebenguth was being moved by a certified nursing assistant when she was dropped, hitting her face and knees and causing major injury, the lawsuit says. She needed extensive assistance for all activities of daily living including transfers and bed mobility. Cedarbrook medical records note Liebenguth “rolled out of bed while she was being changed,” but the suit says her fall was “due to the CNA’s lack of training, instruction, supervision…”
She was hospitalized with femur fractures and other injuries, but ultimately died nearly 10 hours later after suffering cardiac arrest and being resuscitated several times, the suit says.
The suit claims Cedarbrook was “intentionally and grossly understaffed” causing a “significant decrease in care that should have been provided” in the two years that Liebenguth was a patient.