April 29, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Responsible for Respiratory Complication,

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We trust that when we leave our parent or elderly loved one in a nursing home they will be well cared for and all of their needs will be met. Sadly, that is not always the case. Nursing home neglect and abuse occur in facilities across the country and it is an increasing concern. One recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County against a local nursing home by the estate administrator of a resident who died. The man was living in West Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Bloomingdale, where the alleged neglect took place. The lawsuit seeks compensation to cover medical and other expenses as a result of the neglect.

Responsibility for Care

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April 27, 2016

Levin & Perconti File Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit after Resident’s Death

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When our loved one moves into a nursing facility we are often relieved to think that he will be safe and secure. However, that is not always the case. A recent lawsuit was filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the administrator for the estate of a resident who died while under nursing home care. The woman was a resident of Spring Valley Nursing Center, LLC, where she suffered from renal failure, dehydration and infection and subsequently died. The lawsuit states that the woman was increasingly ill from December 2014 until her death on March 4, 2014.

Dehydration in Nursing Homes

One of the common fears for residents of nursing homes is the possibility of dehydration. Dehydration as well as malnutrition occurs commonly in nursing homes. Dehydration occurs when residents do not get an adequate intake of liquid. This may happen for a number of reasons. Elderly people may not be able to drink or swallow properly and they may not feel thirsty even though they require water. Others are simply too sick or are bedridden and unable to request liquids. Regardless of the reasons, nursing care staff should provide adequate supervision and care to ensure that proper hydration is achieved every day.

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April 25, 2016

New York to Provide Millions to Sub-Standard Nursing Homes

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New York governor Cuomo has approved payment of $850 million for distribution to nursing homes across the state. Many of the nursing homes, however, provide low quality care. In fact, more than 400 of the 600 nursing homes funded are rated at below or far below average standards. The funding is considered payout on a settlement that is supposed to be in exchange for the nursing homes dropping their challenges to Medicaid reimbursements. The facilities will receive the funds to boost their bottom lines.

Low Rated Facilities

Unfortunately, even some of the worst facilities in the state will receive payments based on the approval. The star rating system of one through five is used to rate nursing homes. A one-star rating is the worst possible and more than 230 of the 600 facilities have been rated one-star or two- stars. One-star rated nursing homes are the worst in the country and yet the government has provided funding to them and to other poorly rated facilities. Nursing home neglect is most often associated with low rated facilities.

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April 22, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Led to Resident’s Death, Lawsuit

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A nursing home has the responsibility to provide proper care to residents while in their care. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse occur in facilities across the country. A resident’s death sparked a lawsuit by the woman’s estate administrator claiming neglect. The woman died after suffering several medical issues which were each allegedly caused by neglectful care in her nursing home. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Petersen Health Properties, LLC in South Elgin. The suit seeks damages in excess of the limits and requests a jury trial.

Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that stipulates the specific level of care that must be provided by nursing care facilities. In this instance, the lawsuit indicates that the nursing home violated the act by providing care that was sub-standard. The woman suffered from a serious pressure ulcer to her coccyx as well as respiratory distress and pneumonia. The presence of a pressure ulcer is certainly an indication of mistreatment. Medical treatment was not sought in a timely manner and her condition deteriorated.

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April 20, 2016

Levin & Perconti Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Negligence Led to Death

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Nursing homes are required to provide proper care for all residents in their care. This is not just common sense – it is the law. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides guidelines that nursing homes and care facilities must follow when providing care to their residents. From time to time, however, a facility does not provide the level of care that is necessary and the result can be devastating. Levin & Perconti is representing the estate administrator of a nursing home resident who died as a result of alleged negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Failure to Prevent Infection

The nursing home resident in this case had a sternal wound which became severely infected. A sternal wound is the closure in the sternum left after open heart surgery. According to the NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, up to 40% of patients who have this type of infection die. Because this type of infection is difficult to treat and can be fatal, patients must receive specialized care to ensure that the wound is kept clean and sterile. The caregivers in this situation apparently did not properly care for the wound and allowed it to become infected.

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April 18, 2016

Nursing Home Caused Resident’s Injury, Death – Lawsuit Filed

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When we drop off our loved one at a nursing home we expect that they will receive the high quality care and supervision that we cannot provide on our own. Nursing homes are supposed to be safe for our relatives, yet sometimes this is not what happens. A recent lawsuit was filed claiming that a local nursing home was negligent and caused the death of a patient. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate and names a nursing home and parent company. The suit seeks damages of at least $50,000 and court and legal costs.

Nursing Home Care

Nursing homes are required by law to exercise ordinary care while providing treatment and assistance to residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that outlines the provision of care for residents living in care facilities. Nursing homes must provide proper care supervision regardless of the specific needs of each patient. When they fail to properly care for patients they are negligent. In this case, the woman resident developed pressure ulcers that became infected. The infection ultimately caused her death.

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April 13, 2016

Nursing Home Negligence Blamed for Resident’s Death

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A nursing home resident died as a result of injuries suffered after she fell. The woman later died from her injuries. A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County on behalf of the woman’s estate claiming negligence led to her death. The woman was a resident of Glen Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre Ltd. located in Northbrook, IL where the negligence and injuries took place. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 as well a legal fees associated with the case.

Nursing Home Falls

Nursing home falls occur quite frequently. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that about 1,800 nursing home residents die each year due to injuries from a fall. Unfortunately, serious injuries can result from falls, especially in the elderly. The woman in this case reportedly suffered a serious head bruise and a broken hip after falling in her nursing home. The woman’s broken hip required surgery and she died soon thereafter.

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April 11, 2016

Lawsuit Blames Nursing Home for Negligent Care in Woman’s Death

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Nursing homes are legally required to provide proper care to all residents, regardless of their conditions or needs. When we choose a care facility for our elderly relatives we trust that they will not be remiss in their duties. This, unfortunately, is not always the case. The estate administrator has filed a lawsuit claiming negligent care in the woman’s death at the nursing home. While the woman was in the care of the nursing home she suffered serious medical problems including dehydration, hypotension, and hypertension which led to her death. The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of the woman’s estate in excess of the jurisdictional limits.

Dehydration is a Serious Problem

Nursing homes must ensure that all residents are eating and drinking as they should. Sadly, dehydration and malnutrition are quite common medical issues in these types of facilities. The woman in this case suffered from dehydration, which in part led to her death. When dehydration continues for an extended period of time it can be a medical emergency. It must be treated immediately and it could cause organ damage or death. There are a number of different symptoms associated with dehydration. Nursing home staff must be trained to recognize the signs of dehydration and seek medical treatment for anyone who requires it.

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April 8, 2016

Levin & Perconti File Negligence Lawsuit Against Three Nursing Homes

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Nursing homes are required to provide proper care and supervision for all of their residents. Keeping patients safe should be a number one priority for nursing home facilities across the country. Yet sometimes they fail to properly care for our elderly relatives. A recent lawsuit was filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the estate administrator of a woman who died as a result of alleged nursing home neglect. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, seeks damages of more than $50,000 and names three nursing facilities.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is a large problem and one that often goes unreported. Nursing home residents often do not report the neglectful care because they are afraid to do so. Other times they may be unable to properly communicate the problems or may not even understand what has occurred. These issues face our elderly in nursing homes everywhere. Nursing homes are required under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to provide residents the necessary care and supervision they require, regardless of their physical or mental condition. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the nursing facilities failed to properly care for the woman, allowing serious pressure sores to develop and deteriorate.

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April 6, 2016

Negligent Care at Long-Term Care Facility Caused Death, Levin & Perconti Lawsuit

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Nursing homes should be safe places where our loved ones receive the care they need to thrive as they grow older. Sometimes, however, nursing homes and long-term care facilities fail to provide proper care and a loved one gets injured or dies. A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of the estate administrator of a man who died because of alleged negligence in a nursing home. Levin & Perconti is representing the man’s relative in the lawsuit against The Villa at South Holland and parent company. The suit seeks damages of more than $50,000 and a jury trial has been requested.

Failure to Provide Assistance

Care providers at nursing homes are required to provide assistance to residents and supervise them when necessary. In this case, the man was a resident at The Villa at South Holland when he experienced several bouts of diarrhea that led to severe dehydration and infection. The man died about a week later. The lawsuit states that the nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision and did not render medical care in a timely manner. The care providers are required to check on patients and seek medical treatment immediately when it is required.

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April 4, 2016

Nursing Home Resident’s Death Caused by Neglect – Lawsuit Filed

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A recent lawsuit was filed against a nursing home alleging neglect caused a woman’s death. The lawsuit was filed by the administrator of the woman’s estate on behalf of her daughter and is represented by Levin & Perconti. The woman was a resident of Aperion Care Forest Park where she sustained serious injuries caused by pressure ulcers. The plaintiff is requesting damages of more than $50,000.

Pressure Ulcers – Signs of Neglect

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, are painful marks on the skin caused by the constant rubbing of bedding or other things. Bedsores are often a sign of nursing home neglect. Care workers should not allow any patient to remain in one position for too long a period of time. When left unattended for too long, a bedridden person could start to develop these very painful lesions. They often appear on the heels, elbows, and coccyx since these areas are generally touching the bed most consistently. In this case, the patient suffered from bedsores on her heels and coccyx.

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April 1, 2016

Negligence in Nursing Home Caused Resident’s Death

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Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe and healthy environment for our elderly loved ones. Sometimes that is not the case. In fact, hundreds of nursing home residents are injured every year because of neglect or abuse. It is difficult to know that our parent was harmed because of neglect at the very place that was believed to be protecting them. A recent lawsuit filed in Cook County brings to light the problem of nursing home neglect. The lawsuit claims that a man was seriously injured and died because of negligence at Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The lawsuit was brought by the man’s estate on behalf of the man’s sister.

Nursing Home Fall Led to Death

Falls can cause serious injuries, especially to the elderly. According to the CDC, Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, 1,800 nursing home residents die each year because of a fall. The man in this case was, according to the lawsuit, not adequately supervised or assisted, causing him to fall. Further, he was not properly assessed and no medical treatment was rendered. The next day he complained of pain and was finally transported to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a fractured hip which required surgery. According to the lawsuit, the man’s health declined following the surgery and he later died.

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