Lawsuit says Huntsville nursing facility’s care failures led to woman’s death

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — A Madison County woman’s estate is suing a Huntsville skilled nursing care facility alleging her death resulted from failure to properly monitor and care for her while she was being treated for a blood clot.

The lawsuit filed today against Diversicare Windsor House LLC in Madison County Circuit Court alleges the death of Ella Kerdus, 78, in December 2012, occurred because employees of Windsor House "violated the standard of skill, care, and diligence required of a nursing home and its staff in the national medical community."

A call to Windsor House seeking comment was directed to Diversicare’s corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. The company did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed by Huntsville attorneys Tommy Siniard and William Messervy.

Donna Holland, who is the named plaintiff in the case, noticed her mother’s knee was "very swollen" during a visit at Windsor House around Nov. 19, 2012, the lawsuit says. A week or so later, an ultrasound was done, the lawsuit says, and "the impression of the reading physician was deep vein thrombosis in her leg, also known as a blood clot."

The next day, an attending physician prescribed two blood-thinning, anti-coagulant drugs and aspirin and the doctor ordered Kerdus’ blood-thinness levels to be checked every three days, the lawsuit claims.

On Dec. 1, the levels were checked, the lawsuit said. The suit contends that appears…

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