February 8, 2016

Negligent Nursing Home Care Led to Death, Lawsuit

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A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County against a skilled nursing facility alleging negligent care caused the death of a woman. According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered from a stage IV pressure ulcer which became infected and ultimately contributed to her death. Nursing homes and care facilities are required to provide proper care for patients. This lawsuit alleges that Alden-Princeton Rehabilitation and Health Care failed to properly care for the woman and she developed serious decubitis ulcers on her body. A bacterial infection resulted from the sores and the woman later died.

Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers or bedsores are a common problem among the elderly who are bedridden. These sores begin as red marks and can quickly deteriorate into more serious wounds. Pressure ulcers can and should be prevented. When they do occur they are typically a result of negligent care. There are four stages of pressure sores. Stage I pressure ulcers are red marks which can be painful. They develop on areas of the body that touch or rub repeatedly on sheets or other items. As the sores worsen the skin breaks and they deepen. Once there is an open wound, the risk of infection is increased. Stage IV pressure ulcers may reach the muscles and bones and are extremely difficult to treat at this last stage.

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February 5, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Prompts Levin & Perconti Lawsuit

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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
· Depression
· 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.

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February 3, 2016

Levin & Perconti File Lawsuit in Choking Death

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A nursing home resident died as the result of choking, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, states that the man, a resident of Alden Estates of Orland Park, died after choking on his meal. The man lived at the nursing home in January, 2014 to recover from hip replacement surgery. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home was informed that the man was on a therapeutic diet and was at risk for choking. The man was served breakfast and about a half-hour later was found unresponsive with food in his mouth. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Choking Risks and the Elderly
The elderly may be at a higher risk for choking than other segments of the population. There are many reasons why the risk may be heightened in older individuals. Older people may have decreased saliva, making it more difficult to swallow. Elderly individuals take longer to chew and swallow their food, so rushed eating could be risky. Many elderly people wear dentures and sometimes they remove them, even while trying to eat. Diet restrictions could cause chewing problems. All of these factors could increase the risk of choking.

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February 1, 2016

Nursing Home Sued For Violations of Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

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A Cook County man filed a lawsuit alleging negligent care led to a woman’s death. The lawsuit, filed against the Glenview Terrace Nursing Center, states that they failed to properly supervise the woman and she suffered several falls. The woman resided in the nursing home from February, 2011 through January, 2014. During that time, the woman required care for Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, anemia, and kidney disease. According to the lawsuit, the falls caused severe injuries and suffered from pressure wounds that hastened her death.

Alzheimer’s Patients Require Special Care
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and one that requires a great deal of specialized care. Nursing homes must provide the care required by these types of residents. Some Alzheimer’s patients may be able to take care of all of their own needs, while others require assistance for their daily functions. For example, the resident may need help with bathing, toileting, dressing, and other regular needs. In addition, they may require help eating and throughout the day they may need attention with their mobility. As the disease worsens, the needs of the resident will certainly increase and this should be properly noted by the nursing home staff.

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January 30, 2016

Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Neglect of Elderly Woman

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A lawsuit filed in Cook County alleges neglect of an elderly resident by a nursing home. The lawsuit, which was filed by the woman’s daughter, states that the woman suffered from several serious injuries while in the care of Norridge Gardens, LLC. The paperwork alleges violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and personal liability in the injuries sustained. The injuries include severe pressure ulcers, sepsis, malnutrition, dehydration, and improper medication management. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 and is requesting a jury trial.

Nursing Home Neglect Problems
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe and secure places where we trust our loved ones will receive loving care and treatment. This is not always the case. All too often, nursing homes are negligent in providing the care that the elderly residents need. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to protect nursing home residents from negligence or abuse while living in a facility. Allegations such as this ones in this lawsuit are, unfortunately, not uncommon. Neglect is a problem that impacts thousands of nursing home residents across the country each year.

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January 27, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Responsible for Amputation - Lawsuit

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A man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a nursing home claiming that the facility was neglectful and caused severe injuries. The man was a resident of Jackson Square Skilled Nursing & Living Center in Chicago from January through December, 2014. According to the lawsuit, the man, who is disabled, acquired severe pressure ulcers on several areas of his body. The sores were not properly cared for and as a result they became infected. The complaint states that the sores were infected with gangrene and required amputation. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

Pressure Sores Can Be Serious
Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers, are often signs of nursing home neglect. In this case, the man was disabled so he likely required assistance for moving in bed. When parts of the body rub against the sheets for too long, pressure ulcers are created. At first the sores are merely red marks but they can quickly worsen. Pressure ulcers are quite painful and if left untreated, they can become infected, as they did in this case. The sores break the skin and can even reach all the way down to the bone. These serious bedsores are dangerous because once they become infected they can be very difficult to treat, particularly in the elderly.

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January 25, 2016

Nursing Homes Blamed for Death of Elderly Resident

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A woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against two local nursing homes alleging nursing home neglect caused her mother’s death. The mother was a resident at both Manor Care in Naperville, IL, and Lee Manor, in Des Plaines, IL. The lawsuit states that the resident entered the facilities with a pressure ulcer; however, the negligent care of it caused it to worsen considerably and ultimately led to her death. The resident developed sepsis and peritonitis, as well as a urinary tract infection because she was not given the correct dose of the prescription medication she was supposed to take for her pressure ulcer.

Pressure Ulcers are Serious
Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, may seem innocuous to those who do not understand them. In fact, pressure ulcers can become deadly to elderly people. Pressure ulcers form when the skin continually rubs against something, such as the bed sheets. A red mark forms in the spot that touches the sheets. If the sore is not cared for it can worsen. When a pressure ulcer worsens the skin can break and the area will become infected easily. That is what happened in this case. The infected wound is very fragile and requires constant care as well as medication. Older individuals often have a lowered immune system, making it harder for their bodies to fight off infections. Pressure sores that are infected can lead to death, as they allegedly did in this instance.

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January 21, 2016

Rehabilitation Center Blamed for Man’s Death

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A lawsuit recently filed in Cook County claims that a rehabilitation center is to blame fo the death of a patient. The lawsuit, filed by the man’s daughter, states that the South Suburban Rehabilitation Center located in Homewood, IL violated the Illinois Nursing Care Act, leading to the man’s death. The man lived in the facility beginning in November, 2013 and was suffering from dementia, along with Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, and an anxiety disorder.

According to the lawsuit, the staff failed to provide proper care and did not follow doctor’s orders. The man subsequently suffered from respiratory distress as well as pneumonia, which led to his death. The lawsuit states that the problems were preventable and had the nursing home staff provided proper care the man would not have died.

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January 18, 2016

Delayed Treatment at Nursing Home Caused Man’s Death

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A lawsuit filed in Cook County by a man’s wife alleges nursing home neglect caused her husband’s death at The Villa at Windsor Park in Chicago. The man allegedly suffered from pressure sores and experienced a fall from his bed. The man later had symptoms that included difficulty speaking and hearing as well as other cognitive problems. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home staff failed to provide appropriate and timely treatment and the man died. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home and staff violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, which provides that patients receive proper care while residing at a nursing care facility.

Failure to Treat is Negligent Care
Negligence is not limited to care that is provided. It is applies to the failure to provide treatment when required. Failure to provide treatment or to monitor a patient’s condition may be considered negligent care. In this case, the staff failed to notice that the man was showing significant signs of a brain injury. The man was eventually treated but died from his injuries. This case shows that nursing homes often do not monitor residents enough. Had they provided care in a timely manner the outcome may have been different.

Delayed Medical Care
Nursing homes are required to provide the care needed for each particular resident. Some residents require more care than others. However, patients cannot be ignored for lengthy periods of time. Additionally, when staff checks on them they must be able to quickly determine whether someone is experiencing a medical problem that needs attention. Nursing facilities must have a procedure in place for caring for residents when they have a medical emergency. Typically, the patient should be taken by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation. Apparently that did not occur in a timely manner in this instance.

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January 15, 2016

How to Know When Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse Has Occurred

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Nursing home facilities should be safe places for our elderly relatives to reside. In fact, most people enter these types of facilities as a way to prevent harm from the dangers of living alone. Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes provide neglectful care and may even be abusive to residents. Family members and loved ones may not always know that neglect or abuse has taken place. It is important to understand the signs of abuse and neglect so a report can be made and your loved one can be removed from harm’s way. If your elderly parent or loved one was seriously injured in a nursing home it is necessary to contact a reputable nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect happens much more frequently than most people may realize. Sometimes you may not realize that problems have occurred because your relative may not have told you. In some cases, the resident is unable to communicate the problems or they may simply be afraid of the potential repercussions if the problem is reported. It may be up to you to find out about the abuse or neglect and do something about it. If you are unsure as to whether nursing home abuse or neglect has occurred it is always best to err on the side of caution. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney knows how to research and evaluate the situation and advise you as to the best way to proceed.

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January 13, 2016

Fall Leads to Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit

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The daughter of a woman who died after a fall in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, names Lexington of Schaumburg and their parent company alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. According to the lawsuit, the woman fell as a result of negligence while she was a resident at the nursing home. She suffered serious injuries that ultimately led to her death. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 and is requesting a jury trial.

Proper Supervision in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are supposed to provide safe care for the elderly, regardless of their physical condition. Nursing home falls may be an indication that the nursing home is failing to provide adequate supervision. Some residents require more direct supervision than others. Additionally, the needs of individual patients may change over time. When a resident is taking certain medications they may have side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness which can increase the risk of a fall. In this case, the woman fell while using the restroom. This is a common place where falls can occur and proper safety measures, such as grab bars, must be in place for support, as well as requiring assistance from a care worker. Nursing home negligence requires immediate action.

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January 11, 2016

Lawsuit Filed by Son Claims Nursing Home Negligence Caused Mother’s Death

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A nursing home should be considered a place where a resident receives good care and companionship during the final years of life. However, not all nursing homes are safe. Sometimes, mistakes happen or negligent care is provided. In one such case, the son of a nursing home resident claims the facility was negligent in the care it provided to his mother, which resulted in her death. The lawsuit names the assisted care facility Victory Centre of Vernon Hills, IL. The suit states that the woman developed pressure ulcers and fell several times while in their care. The woman fractured her hip in one of the falls. Improper care such as this rises to the level of nursing home neglect and the lawsuit claims that the facility is responsible for the woman’s death.

Negligence in Nursing Homes
Negligent care should not occur in nursing homes. We place our loved ones in these types of facilities to avoid just these kinds of injuries from happening. Nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common. Many assisted living facilities are understaffed and the care workers they have may be improperly trained. Unfortunately, negligence in nursing homes is a serious and common problem. In this case, the woman suffered several injuries which all may have contributed to her death.

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