Lawsuit Filed In Wheelchair ‘Attack’

Health worker no longer able work due to alleged negligence

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A wheelchair collision in a nursing home that injured a health care worker has spawned a lawsuit.

Attorney Art Lloyd has filed a negligence claim on behalf of Linda Sue Morris in her fight against Rim Country Rehab Inc.

Lloyd last year won a $7.3 million judgment against another Rim Country health care provider.

In a complaint, Lloyd alleges negligence on the part of Rim Country Rehab in the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

According to court documents, on March 18, 2009, a Rim Country Rehab patient, referred to only as “L,” rammed Morris suddenly and without provocation or warning with her wheelchair.

Morris, a certified nursing assistant and hospice worker, received serious injuries to her arm, the complaint states.

Morris required surgery on her arm that left her unable to work.

The complaint alleges that Rim Country Rehab knew the patient had violent tendencies and had injured others.

Rim Country Rehab therefore had a duty to supervise L and protect Morris, Lloyd writes.

It is unclear how much Morris is seeking in damages.

Morris’ husband, Richard Allen Morris, is also seeking compensation for a “loss of consortium” due to his wife’s injuries.

In court documents, Rim Country Rehab’s lawyer denies the Morrises’ allegations.

A trial is set for March 20 in Globe before Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill.

In July, Lloyd secured a judgment for a Payson woman following a knee surgery.

A Gila County Superior Court jury found Payson Healthcare Management must pay Lori Sandretto millions to cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Lloyd said doctors failed to take Sandretto’s complaints of pain seriously after she had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Months after the surgery, doctors finally discovered Sandretto had MRSA, a staph infection.

After countless surgeries and eventually a knee replacement, Sandretto was left with lasting pain and an abnormal step.

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