In another example of a family taking civil recourse for the alleged wrongful death of a loved one at a nursing home, the husband of Catherine Hudson filed a lawsuit in circuit court against Symphony of Crestwood, which is a nursing home in Crestwood, Illinois. She was originally admitted to the nursing home after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis since the disease left her in need of daily assistance along with a plan of care. Sadly, Ms. Hudson was only in her late 50s when she passed away. The lawsuit claims that she died as a result of negligence. The victim suffered from pressure sores and a fractured knee. To make matters worse, she suffered from an infection after her gastrostomy tube (feeding tube) was not properly reinserted. A gastrostomy tube is used to help artificially provide nutritional support for a patient who is otherwise unable to feed themselves or is unable to receive nutrition through normal methods.
In this particular instance, the lawsuit alleges that when her feeding tube became dislodged, staff failed to conduct an X-ray as required in order to pinpoint the proper location to reinsert the tube into Ms. Hudson’s stomach. As a result of the tube not being properly inserted, the food she was being fed leaked and led to infection. The Illinois Department of Public Health even cited the nursing home for its failure to properly reinsert the feeding tube, as well as a failure to take action when it appeared to not work, including a failure to contact a doctor. Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin, Margaret Battersby Black, and Daniel Goldfaden represent the Hudson family in this matter.