May 27, 2016

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Nursing Home

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Nursing homes and other care facilities should be safe places for the elderly and those needing special care. They are required to follow the rules set forth in the Illinois Nursing Home Care Reform Act. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are negligent in providing care, and the residents may be injured as a result. A lawsuit was recently filed by a family against Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park, alleging negligent care in the death of a woman resident. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, states that the nursing home violated the Nursing Home Care Reform Act, which led to the woman’s deteriorating health and ultimate death.

Physical Deterioration

The woman who died had allegedly suffered injuries over a period of time, which caused her medical condition to deteriorate. While older people generally have some health issues, their overall physical wellbeing can worsen more quickly when they suffer injuries. In this case, the woman reportedly was not properly supervised and was hurt as a result. For example, when an older person falls he or she may have bruises, broken bones, and even head trauma. A fractured hip is one of the most common injuries among the elderly, and one of the most difficult to heal.

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May 25, 2016

Long-Term Care Facility Sued for Negligence and Wrongful Death

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With a growing population of elderly in the United States, there are more and more older people living in nursing homes. It may come as a surprise to some that there are often claims of neglect and abuse in these facilities. While we often consider nursing homes as safe alternatives to living alone, that is often not the case. Nursing home injuries are all too common, and some of them are very serious. In one recent case, a woman died in a nursing home after suffering sepsis due to alleged neglect. The woman’s husband has filed a lawsuit in Cook County, requesting compensation an amount of at least $50,000 and a jury trial.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and bedsores are all names for the same malady. These painful sores appear on the skin where there is continually rubbing from something such as a sheet. The sores can also appear from rubbing of medical tubing. Many people may consider these sores common, and although they do happen frequently, they are preventable. The presence of pressure ulcers is an indication of nursing home neglect. A person who is unable to move freely on his own must be turned and moved frequently. When this fails to happen, bedsores may occur. Although bedsores start out as simple red marks, they can quickly worsen and become infected.

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May 23, 2016

Negligence Blamed for Woman’s Death at Medical Facility

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When we are being treated at a hospital or medical facility we expect that we will receive proper care and that our condition will improve, rather than worsening. In one recent case, a woman died after allegedly receiving improper treatment at a medical facility. The woman’s daughter has filed a lawsuit against Metrosouth Medical Center in Blue Island and is represented by Levin & Perconti. According to the lawsuit, the facility’s negligence caused the woman’s death.

Fall Caused Serious Injury

The woman was a patient, being treated for slurred speech and a weakness on her right side. Several days after her arrival, the woman fell while in her room. The fall was quite serious and she sustained a hip fracture as a result. This injury drastically reduced her mobility and while she was bedridden she developed pressure ulcers. The pressure ulcers likely became infected, causing additional pain and trauma. All of these issues contributed to her death, according to the lawsuit.

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May 20, 2016

Woman Injured by Fall Sues Nursing Home for Neglect

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Nursing care facilities are often the best places for elderly people as they recover from medical problems. A nursing home offers the supervision and care needed, and may be a transitional care provider after surgery. A woman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her mother, a resident in a care facility. The mother was living I The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights for recovery following a stroke.

Nursing Home Care

Nursing homes are required to provide proper care for residents, regardless of their needs. In some cases, as in this one, the woman required special assistance because she was healing after suffering from a stroke. The woman needed help with her daily activities, including walking to and from the bathroom. According to the lawsuit, the woman was left unsupervised when she fell as she walked to the bathroom. This accident was a case of nursing home neglect because the staff failed to provide proper care, leaving the woman alone.

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May 18, 2016

Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Negligence Led to Infection, Death

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Nursing home residents and their relatives should be able to trust that the facility will provide proper care. However, sometimes, that does not happen. Nursing home neglect is a serious problem and one that impacts thousands of elderly and their families every year. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home, alleging that the facility was negligent in allowing a serious infection to develop and worsen. The infection progressed and caused the death of the resident, after much pain and suffering.

Violation of Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The lawsuit states that the nursing home, Lakefront Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC, violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The legislation provides details that must be followed when caring for residents. It is the responsibility of the facility to ensure the safety of all residents and provide assistance with their needs. When a nursing home knowingly violates the act, as is alleged in this case, the facility is liable and likely negligent in the death of the elderly resident.

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May 16, 2016

Levin & Perconti Lawsuit Filed Against Nursing Home

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A lawsuit has been filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the relatives of a man who died after alleged nursing home neglect. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, names Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion and others stating they knowingly violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The lawsuit cites the failure to properly supervise and assist the resident, who suffered several medical issues and later died. The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 and request for a trial by jury.

Man Suffered Serious Injuries

Nursing home neglect is to blame for serious injuries that the man sustained before his death, according to the lawsuit. The man had fallen several times, suffering bruises and other injuries. He had also developed bedsores, which worsened and contributed to his death. Additionally, the man also was malnourished. His medical condition deteriorated over a period of months, during which time he was likely in quite a bit of pain. These injuries should have been prevented had the facility provided adequate supervision for residents.

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May 13, 2016

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Awareness and Prevention

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Nursing home abuse and neglect are a growing concern, particularly as more and more of the population are reaching old age. Nursing facilities are responsible for caring for our elderly loved ones, yet they do not always offer the quality of services that we expect. Unfortunately, neglect and abuse in nursing homes occurs on a daily basis across the country. The result is that many of our elderly relatives are living with care that is substandard and may even be dangerous.

Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that defines the rights and responsibilities of both the care facilities and their residents. Nursing homes are required to follow the laws that govern their types of facilities. They must always provide proper care and supervision, regardless of the needs of the patients. When a resident requires help with daily activities, it must be provided. Additionally, when a resident requires medical treatment it needs to be administered by qualified medical personnel. Abuse or neglect can occur when nursing homes do not follow the guidelines of the law.

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May 11, 2016

Nursing Home Resident Died from Injuries Caused by Negligent Fall

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When we choose a nursing home for the care of our elderly relative we trust that the facility will provide safe care. Sadly, that is not always the case. In one recent case, a woman died after suffering severe injuries due to a fall in her nursing home. The estate executor has filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging that the facility failed to provide proper care. The woman, a resident of Sunrise of Bloomingdale, was injured during numerous falls and her medical condition worsened until she died less than a month later.

Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires nursing home facilities to provide safe, supervised care for their residents. Failure to do so could cause injuries, as it did in this case. The woman fell more than once due to the lack of proper supervision. Falls in nursing homes happen often, yet they could and should be prevented. A lack of supervision shows negligence on the part of the nursing home. When a serious injury or death occurs it may be due to nursing home neglect.

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May 9, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Blamed for Resident’s Death

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Most of us think of nursing homes as safe and secure places for our loved ones to reside. In many cases, people feel that their relative will be safer in a nursing home than living on their own. However, sometimes that is not the case. Nursing homes are sometimes not able to provide the high level of care that we expect. A lawsuit was recently brought against a Crestwood nursing facility alleging negligent care contributed to a resident’s death. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate. It is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, and legal fees. The suit also requests a jury trial.

Pressure Sores are Serious

Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers and bedsores, are a serious medical condition that can actually lead to death. At first, pressure sores may seem harmless. They start out as small red areas where the skin rubs continually against sheets or other items. The small sores are quite painful and they are an indication of nursing home neglect. If left untreated, the sores will worsen and the skin will break. Once this happens the sores can deepen and become infected. In this situation, the woman had bedsores that worsened, causing infection and leading to her death.

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May 6, 2016

Nursing Homes Reviewed Using Industrial Science Techniques

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Nursing homes are supposed to be safe and are required by law to provide sufficient care for the elderly. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to provide proper care and the results may be tragic. In some cases of nursing home neglect the patients suffered serious medical problems or even died as a result of neglectful care. A recent neglect case in New Mexico is using standard industrial science techniques to prove that the nursing home failed to provide adequate care.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is all too common and takes on many forms. In this particular case the New Mexico state attorney is suing a chain of nursing homes alleging that they were severely understaffed making it impossible to provide proper care to its residents. Some of the neglect that was noted includes dirty bed linens and a terrible stench that permeated the entire facility. One woman became extremely frail after missing meals because the caregivers failed to assist her in cutting up her food. The woman also suffered a severely broken hip that the doctor noted must have been broken for several days before seeking medical attention. The woman’s condition continued to go downhill and she died a few months later. The family members of the woman are witnesses in the case against the nursing home facilities.

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May 4, 2016

Nursing Home Was Negligent – Caused Resident’s Injury and Death

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Nursing homes should be trusted to provide our elderly relatives with the care and comfort they need to thrive as they approach old age. Yet in some instances, nursing homes actually cause injuries rather than preventing them. In a recent case, a nursing home resident died after sustaining a serious injury that worsened until her death. Levin & Perconti is representing the estate of the woman who died in a lawsuit against Columbus Park Nursing & Rehabilitation, Inc. where the woman resided.

Injuries in Nursing Homes

Many people make the decision to have their elderly parent reside in a nursing home facility in order to protect him and ensure his safety. Sometimes, nursing home care is not up to the quality of standard that is expected and is required by law. When an injury occurs in a nursing home it may be caused by the negligence of the staff or caregivers. This is all too common an occurrence but one that should be prevented. Lack of training, understaffing, and poor management are all reasons why injuries may happen.

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May 2, 2016

Levin & Perconti Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit Filed in Resident’s Death

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Nursing homes should provide safe residences where our loved ones are protected and cared for. Unfortunately that is not always the situation. A recent nursing home neglect lawsuit was brought by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the estate administrator of a man who died. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home was negligent by allowing pressure sores to develop and worsen. The sores were not treated in a timely manner and the man eventually died as a result. The lawsuit is requesting a jury trial.

How Pressure Sores Form

Pressure ulcers are often difficult to treat. For this reason it is always best to prevent them from happening in the first place. Pressure sores are caused by something constantly rubbing against the skin in the same place. They are common in elderly patients who are bedridden. The inability to move about in the bed makes the formation of bedsores more likely. It is often the responsibility of the caregivers in nursing homes to properly move the patient while in bed. The adequate movement and repositioning of patients in bed will prevent pressure sores from forming.

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