The son of a nursing home resident who died has filed a lawsuit in Cook County. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home did not properly supervise the man’s mother, during which time she fell. The woman later died from complications due to the fall. The lawsuit alleges that Friendship Village, in Schaumburg, IL, was negligent and cites a violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The man is represented by Levin & Perconti. The woman was a resident of the facility for a period of only four days, during which time the injury occurred.
Negligent Care at Nursing Homes
Neglect in nursing homes is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Much of the neglect that happens in nursing homes goes unreported. As a family member, it is helpful to continually be aware of the possible signs of abuse or neglect. Some of the common signs of nursing home neglect or elder abuse include:
· Unexplained Bruises
· Broken Bones
· Behavioral Changes
· Poor Hygiene
Sometimes the resident is unable or unwilling to disclose neglect or abuse. For this reason it is necessary to be vigilant in watching for the potential warning signs. One of the most common injuries is a fall. Falls may be an indication that the resident was not properly supervised or that the staff did not properly assist the resident. In this case, the fall occurred without a staff member or caregiver present.