Negligence Suit Against a Nursing Home for Falling from a Wheelchair

Owens v. Manor Health Care Corp., 159 Ill. App. 3d 684, 512 N.E.2d 820, 111 Ill. Dec. 431 (1987) involved an allegation of negligence brought against a nursing home where a resident fell as-he attempted to get out of a wheelchair. Owens, 159 Ill. App. 3d at 685. This court held that the determination to be made pursuant to the allegations was not inherently one of medical judgment. Owens, 159 Ill. App. 3d at 688-89. The Court further decided that the plaintiff in Owens was only receiving custodial shelter and that expert medical testimony would not be required to assess the acts of the defendant. Owens, 159 Ill. App. 3d at 688.