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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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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July 21, 2016

Nursing Home Blamed for Choking Death of Resident

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Eating food should be a rather uncomplicated process, but for the elderly, it may require assistance. Older individuals may need supervision while eating and drinking, which should be provided in nursing homes and similar facilities. One family lost their loved one due to a choking incident that occurred in a nursing home. The family filed a lawsuit in Cook County against Niles Nursing & Rehab Center alleging negligence led to the choking death of their loved one. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 and is requesting a trial by jury.

Choking in Nursing Homes

Choking is a very serious problem that can happen to some elderly people living in nursing homes. Choking can happen when a person is not able to adequately chew their food or when they cannot swallow properly. Some people may have difficulty because of problems with their teeth or dentures. Older individuals need help while they eat. In this case, the woman was apparently not properly supervised while eating and choked. The woman died from asphyxiation caused by choking on food. This death should have been prevented had the nursing home supervised the woman while she ate.

Special Dietary Needs

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July 18, 2016

Improper Care Lead to Nursing Home Death, Lawsuit

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Nursing homes are supposed to be facilities that provide care and supervision to our elderly relatives as they reach their golden years. Yet sometimes that care is less than what is expected. In fact, in some cases, the nursing home is actually neglectful and causes injuries or even death to our loved one. This occurred in one recent situation. A nursing home resident died after receiving negligent care at Renaissance at 87th Street. The administrator of the woman’s estate has chosen Levin & Perconti to represent her in a lawsuit filed against the nursing home.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect happens in nursing homes all too often. There are a number of signs that neglect has occurred. One of the most common signs of neglect is the appearance of pressure sores. Pressure sores, also called bedsores or pressure ulcers, start as small red marks that occur in areas where the skin is in continuously rubbing on bedding. A bedsore is an indication that an immobile person has not been moved or turned enough. Often these patients are unable to change positions while in bed and must be repositioned by caregivers. When this is not done adequately, bedsores can form.

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July 15, 2016

Nursing Home Blamed for Negligence in Death of Resident

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Nursing homes should be considered safe places for our loved ones, but that may not always be the case. There are many reported incidents of neglect and abuse that result in serious injuries or death. Some of these injuries occur because of lack of supervision. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home alleging that their negligence caused the injuries and death of a resident. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County on behalf of the estate of the man who died.

Wheelchair Fall Caused Injuries

According to the report, the man’s injuries were the result of a fall from his wheelchair. While the details are not provided, the fall may have occurred when the man tried to get out of his chair. This is a common problem, because if patients are left alone for too long in their wheelchairs they may need to try to get up. This may happen, for example, if they need to go to the bathroom. A fall from a wheelchair should never occur if the nursing home is providing proper supervision.

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July 12, 2016

Nursing Home Failed to Protect Elderly Resident Blamed for Death

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Nursing homes are required to provide a safe place for their residents to live. Nursing home neglect is a situation that occurs all too often in facilities across the country. Most often, neglect includes medical mistakes, failure to assist patients who require help, and the appearance of bedsores, among others. Nursing homes are also responsible for making sure that residents do not cause harm to themselves or to others. In one recent case, a nursing home resident died after suffering injuries caused by an assault by another resident. A lawsuit has been filed against the nursing home claiming that they failed to protect the man and did not properly supervise the residents.

Neglect in Nursing Homes

Neglect in nursing homes is often the result of several factors. These include understaffing, failure to properly train employees, and inadequate management. Sometimes, all of these issues happen at the same time, making the facility vulnerable to problems of neglect. In this case, the nursing home residents were allegedly not provided with enough supervision. This resulted in one resident severely beating another. The injuries were extremely severe, including a subdural hematoma, which ultimately resulted in the man’s death.

Head Trauma Led to Death

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July 9, 2016

Dietary Neglect Led to Nursing Home Resident’s Death

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One of the most important functions of a nursing home is to ensure that our loved ones receive the assistance they need with their meals. Unfortunately, malnutrition and dehydration occur all too often in care facilities. These problems can lead to serious injuries or death. A lawsuit was recently filed in Cook County against a nursing home, alleging neglectful care caused or contributed to the death of a resident. The lawsuit was filed against Presence Villa Scalabrini N & R, and their parent companies. The suit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Neglect Caused Injuries

According to the lawsuit, the female resident suffered from medical conditions while under the care of the facility. These conditions were not reported and they were not properly diagnosed or treated by a physician in a timely manner. Her medical conditions were most likely a contributing factor in her physical decline and subsequent death. Nursing home staff members should be supervising all the activities of their residents. This includes the supervision of meals and liquid intake.

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July 7, 2016

Nursing Home Fall Led to Man’s Health Decline, Death

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When our loved one enters a nursing home we trust that they will provide the care and support necessary. Sometimes that is not the case. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in Cook County against a nursing and rehab center claiming that negligence led to a man’s serious injuries and death. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the man’s estate and is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.

Nursing Home Falls

Falls are the most common reason for injuries in the elderly. Many falls occur in nursing homes and care facilities and sadly, serious injuries are often the result. Falls are preventable. When a loved one suffers an injury due to a fall it is likely due to the negligence of the caregivers. Lack of sufficient supervision is one of the main reasons that falls happen. Facilities may be understaffed or may not have the training needed to provide proper care to patients. Residents may try to move about without help, which can be dangerous.

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July 5, 2016

Nursing Home Blamed for Woman’s Injuries

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Nursing homes are expected to provide adequate care to all their residents. In fact, they are required by law to do so. Yet sometimes nursing homes fall significantly short in offering the level of care that is required by their patients. One recent case highlights some of the problems caused by nursing home neglect. A woman filed a lawsuit against Briar Place and Pershing Gardens HC Center alleging that negligence caused her injuries while she was a resident. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Woman Suffered Fracture

The woman suffered a left lateral epicondyle fracture while staying at the nursing home. This is a specific type of fracture to part of the elbow, and is a somewhat rare occurrence. In this situation, the woman claims that she was not properly supervised or provided adequate care. She most likely fell, causing her to break her arm. According to the lawsuit, insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries from happening. A fracture to the elbow can be painful and difficult to treat and may require surgery.

Lack of Supervision

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July 1, 2016

Nursing Home Neglect Caused Pressure Ulcer, Death

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When we leave our loved one in a nursing home we trust that they will be provided with the supervision and care that is necessary to keep them safe and healthy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging nursing home neglect against Bria of River Oaks, a nursing care facility. The lawsuit claims that a resident died as a result of negligent care while staying in their nursing home. The suit was brought against the facility and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Bria of River Oaks

Bria of River Oaks is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation care facility located in Burnham, IL, in southern Cook County. They provide a variety of services including 24-hour RN coverage, according to their website. They also state that they offer wound care, behavioral health, cardiac rehab, dementia services, hospice care, and a number of other functions. The lawsuit in this case alleges that Bria of River Oaks failed to provide proper care and supervision to a patient. The patient suffered from a pressure ulcer that ultimately worsened and contributed to her death.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores or pressure sores, are actually quite dangerous wounds. They begin with small but painful red marks on the skin in areas where the body comes in constant contact with the bedding. They often develop on the tailbone, elbows, heels, and any place where there is continually rubbing. Nursing home staff must be trained to immediately identify the start of a pressure ulcer so that it can be properly treated to keep it from worsening. Pressure sores can deepen and the skin breaks, creating a very serious wound.

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