August 25, 2016

Woman Injured by Fall in Nursing Home Files Lawsuit

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Falls are the number one cause of injuries among the elderly. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, older individuals suffer serious injuries due to falls although most falls are preventable. Falls in nursing homes are certainly disconcerting because residents are supposed to be kept safe from harm. When a fall occurs, it is likely due to negligence on the part of the nursing home management or staff. In one recent case, a woman filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where she resided alleging that they were negligent after she suffered serious injuries from a fall. The lawsuit was filed against Glenwood Healthcare & Rehab Inc. in Glenwood, IL.

Injuries from Falls

Falls can lead to severe injuries in the elderly. Scrapes, bruises, and broken bones are very common injuries that result from falls. One of the most serious types of injuries is a hip fracture. A hip fracture may necessitate surgical treatment and has a lengthy recovery time. Head trauma is also a serious concern for the elderly. Older individuals take a longer time to heal and while healing they may encounter other difficulties or complications that cause a health decline.

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August 22, 2016

Negligent Nursing Home Care Led to Resident’s Death

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A nursing home is required to provide proper care and is supposed to be a place of comfort and support for our older relatives. Many times, children feel they will not be able to give their parents the high level of care necessary to keep them happy and healthy in their twilight years. Yet sometimes, nursing homes fail us and our loved ones. One recent case demonstrates how a situation can turn tragic. A man has filed a lawsuit against a nursing care facility alleging negligent care led to the death of his mother. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, seeks a judgment greater than $50,000.

Decubitus Ulcers

Decubitus ulcers are also called pressure ulcers and bedsores. They are skin wounds that occur when something repeatedly rubs on an area of the skin. Most often, bedding causes bedsores, but they can also happen when the skin is in contact with medical tubing or other items. The ulcers start as small yet painful red marks and can quickly worsen. It is imperative that caregivers check patients daily to ensure that bedsores are not forming.

Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

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August 20, 2016

Neglectful Care Caused Nursing Home Death, Lawsuit Filed

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Levin & Perconti attorneys have been chosen to represent the wrongful death case of a man who died due to neglectful care in a nursing home. The lawsuit names Manor Care of Palos Heights West, Illinois and affiliated companies including Manorcare Health Services, LLC doing business as HCR Manorcare, LLC, and Heartland Employment Services, LLC. The lawsuit cites that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and that negligence led to the man’s death.

Deterioration of Health

Many factors can contribute to the deterioration of an elderly person’s health. One of the most common problems that may occur in nursing homes is the development of pressure sores. These pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores, begin as small red marks in places where the body is in constant contact with the bed linens. The sores can quickly worsen, especially when they are not immediately treated. Pressure sores are an indication that inadequate care is being provided. These ulcers should not be allowed to develop because the patient should be repositioned more often.

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August 17, 2016

Levin & Perconti Represent Victim in Nursing Home Neglect Case

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Levin & Perconti has been chosen to represent the estate of a woman who died due to alleged nursing home neglect. The woman was a resident at Alden Valley Ridge Rehabilitation & Health Care Center when she fell and developed pressure ulcers. The injuries led to her death. The lawsuit states that the nursing home failed to provide proper care and was negligent. The plaintiff is seeking damages of more than $50,000 in a lawsuit filed in Cook County.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect consists of many different actions or lack of actions. When a nursing home accepts a patient into their facility they agree to provide proper care at all times. When they fail to properly supervise a resident it may result in injuries. Falls are likely the most common reason for injuries in nursing homes. When an elderly patient falls they may sustain broken bones and fractures more easily than a younger person. Serious injuries from falls may require medical treatment including surgery.

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August 14, 2016

Inadequate Supervision in Nursing Homes

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When we look for a place for our elderly loved ones to live we try to find the best facility possible. We trust that nursing homes provide residents with the care and supervision they need. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Inadequate supervision in nursing homes is one of the most common reasons for injuries. Residents can easily be injured when there is a lack of control by the staff.

Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that provides guidelines and rules that must be followed by nursing homes and residents. The rights and responsibilities are set forth and includes how nursing facilities must treat residents in their care. The legislation also includes how violations are to be handled as well as the complaint, hearing, and appeal processes. Once a nursing home facility approves a patient for residency they must provide proper care. This may include a number of different types of care including adequate patient supervision.

Signs of Poor Supervision

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August 11, 2016

Nursing Home Failed to Provide Proper Care

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When our loved one moves into a nursing home we trust that they will receive the best possible care. Many people prefer to have their relative live in a facility simply because of the added protection and supervision that it should offer over living alone. Yet sometimes, nursing homes fail to provide the care that they should. The result can be devastating when a serious injury or death occurs. One recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Countryside Nursing and Rehab Center and Extended Care Consulting, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that negligent care led to the death of a loved one.

Woman Sustained Injuries

In this case, the woman nursing home resident sustained injuries that consisted of pressure ulcers on her sacrum and heels. The ulcers worsened and over time and the woman later died as a result of the negligent care. Pressure sores are very common in patients who are confined to their beds. These patients need to be repositioned with help from nursing care providers. When they are allowed to remain in the same position for too long, pressure sores can form.

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August 9, 2016

Dangerous Infection Caused Nursing Home Resident’s Death, Lawsuit

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The administrator for a man’s estate filed a lawsuit against a nursing home alleging that their negligence caused or contributed to the man’s death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Manorcare Health Services in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The man lived in the care facility where he developed c-diff, a dangerous infection, and kidney failure. These medical problems contributed to his death. The relatives are seeking a judgment of at least $50,000 for damages.

C-Diff Infection

Clostridium difficile, also known simply as C. diff, is an infection affecting the digestive tract. There are thousands of types of microorganisms in a healthy person’s digestive tract and when an imbalance occurs it can cause illness or even death. C. diff is a type of bacteria that causes symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite The infection can become so bad that it is life-threatening. Older people and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk for this infection. When the infection worsens it can cause a hole in the intestine, which requires immediate emergency treatment.

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August 6, 2016

Levin & Perconti Represent Estate in Wrongful Death Case Against Nursing Home

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The administrator of the estate of a man who died because of nursing home neglect is represented by Levin & Perconti. A lawsuit was filed against Renaissance at 87th Street and their service company alleging inadequate care caused a man’s death. The man lived in the nursing home when he suffered severe injuries due to a fall. According to the information, the man was not properly supervised while under their care. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is requesting a judgment in excess of $50,000.

Improper Care

It is an unfortunate fact that not all of our loved ones are safe in nursing homes. Some nursing homes accept residents even when they know that they will not be able to provide the level of care necessary to keep them healthy. These nursing homes are betting on the fact that most elderly people do not report improper or negligent care. Therefore, it is necessary for the relatives of nursing home residents to stay vigilant and watch for signs of nursing home neglect.

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August 2, 2016

Levin & Perconti Represent Estate of Man Who Died After Nursing Home Neglect

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When we choose a nursing home for our aging loved ones we trust that the facility will provide proper care. Sadly, this is not always the case. Levin & Perconti is representing the administrator of the estate of a woman who died due to alleged nursing home neglect. The woman was a resident of Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC from October 2010 through July 2015. The woman suffered a fall and developed pressure ulcers that led to her death. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is requesting damages of more than $50,000.

Falls and the Elderly

Falls are the number one cause of serious injury in the elderly. Falls can occur for a number of different reasons. An older person may take medication that makes walking more difficult. The elderly are often less agile and are not able to watch for things that could be in their way. Very often, older people require assistance in getting around, especially when getting up from a chair or bed. Falls can cause very serious injuries to older individuals.

Injuries Caused by Falling

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July 28, 2016

Insufficient Nursing Home Care Blamed for Death of Resident

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Nursing homes are required to follow specific rules and procedures to keep residents safe. Unfortunately, sometimes a nursing home fails to abide by the law and an injury or death is the result. In one recent case, a woman resident died after allegedly receiving improper care at a nursing home. The administrator for the woman’s estate has filed a lawsuit against Presence RHC Senior Services alleging nursing home neglect contributed to the woman’s death. The lawsuit requests a jury trial in the matter.

Poor Care in Nursing Home

According to the lawsuit, the woman received less than adequate care while residing at the nursing home. The woman was not properly supervised and caregivers allowed pressure sores to form. She also then suffered from pneumonia symptoms, which contributed to her death. Poor care in nursing homes is also called neglect. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to all of their accepted residents, regardless of their needs.

Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

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July 26, 2016

Mandatory Arbitration Has No Place in Providing Adequate Nursing Home Care

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A New York Times op-ed that was recently published criticized the proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which would not ban mandatory arbitration in nursing home care disputes. Pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts force families, patients, and consumers generally to engage in private arbitration rather than in a lawsuit when elder abuse and neglect are present at a nursing home. The arbitration rules would not be “mandatory” for patients and families to sign and nursing homes would be required to affirmatively explain and disclose the terms of the pre-arbitration clauses.

Arbitration Generally

Arbitration is an out-of-court procedure where the two parties meet and discuss the merits of their case in front of what is generally a neutral third party (the arbiter). This neutral third party then decides the outcome of the case, and what penalties or corrective actions one of the parties must take. There is generally no appeal to a court of law and the arbiter's decision is final (if an arbitration is binding on the parties). Unlike mediation where the mediator will try to have the parties come to a resolution on their own or compromise, arbitration is a decision for one party or the other.

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July 23, 2016

Nursing Home Resident Died From Complications Due to Negligence

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Many families make the decision to allow their elderly relatives to live in nursing homes because they feel that they provide a safe location with adequate supervision to care for them. In fact, not all nursing homes are as safe as people may think. There are many concerns regarding the care that people receive while in nursing facilities. A family recently filed a lawsuit claiming their relative died as a result of complications after a negligent fall in her nursing home. The woman died after suffering physical injuries including a broken leg that required extensive surgery.

Suffered Nursing Home Fall

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries to the elderly. Falls can usually be prevented. While living in a nursing home, residents should be kept safe from falls through adequate supervision and safety measures at all times. When a fall occurs it is almost certainly a sign of nursing home neglect. In this case, the woman suffered a fall from her bed that caused serious injuries including a fracture to her right distal femur shaft.

Femur Fracture

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