The Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti recently reached the largest nursing home settlement in a case against a nursing home in Coles, County IL. The Prairie View Center in Charleston, IL and a doctor agreed to pay $700,000 to the family of a 43-year-old victim who died from injuries he suffered while he was a resident a the nursing home. The victim was admitted to Prairie View Care Center on March 19, 2002. He suffered from severe cognitive impairments and was dependent on the nursing home staff for all of is daily activities. His impairments also made him unable to communicate his needs to the nursing home staff. In the two months he spent in the nursing home before he was discharged he developed a massive infected stage IV bedsore on his sacrum. The pressure wound was so deep that his sacral bone was visible. This caused his overall condition to deteriorate and he was hospitalized. Six months later he died after his inability to bounce back from the pressure wound. Nursing home lawyer Michael Bonamarte stated the nursing home failed to prevent the progression of the victim’s sacral pressure sore, and he eventually died from complications related to his injury. In 2006, Prairie View Care Center was bought by new owners who changed the name of the nursing home. Chicago attorney Steven Levin stated that it is common for nursing home owners to own multiple nursing homes, many of which are far from where they are located. Without oversight nursing homes administrators are not in touch with the day-to-day happenings in the nursing home. This causes nursing home abuse to go unnoticed.
Levin and Perconti has reached a settlement with a south suburban nursing home after a victim died when her neck became entrapped between her bedrail and mattress at the nursing home. Attorneys Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte represented the family and reached a $570,000 settlement for the adult grandchildren of a 99-year-old resident. The client’s grandmother was admitted to the facility on December 6, 2007, after being hospitalized with seizures. According to the nursing home lawyers, bedrails were placed on her bed upon admittance. On January 27, 2008 a nurse was making her nightly rounds and discovered the client’s grandmother on the floor next to her bed with her head entrapped between the bedrail and mattress. While healthcare professionals tried to revive her, her injuries were too severe and she died hours later. The autopsy confirmed that the client’s grandmother died from compressional asphyxia when her neck became entrapped between the bedrail and mattress. The compression from the entrapment was so severe that in addition to cutting off her oxygen supply, it fractured a bone in her neck. The coroner stated that her death was similar to strangulation or hanging. The nursing home lawyers argued that the nursing home placed her in danger of serious harm by using bedrails. Nursing home lawyer Michael Bonamarte stated that it was a terrifying way to die and noted that this could easily be avoided. Chicago lawyer Steven Levin added that the nursing home failed to consult the decedent’s family members regarding the use of bedrails. After the wrongful death, the Illinois Department of Public Health cited the facility for improper nursing care and resident injury, fining them $10,000.
On March 31, Steve Levin spoke to the Elder Law class at DePaul University Law School in Chicago on topics related to nursing home litigation. During his discussion, Steve covered the Nursing Home Care Act, conditions in nursing homes, as well as careers in nursing home litigation. "It was a great opportunity to inform future lawyers about the practice area of nursing home abuse and neglect litigation," said Steve. To learn more about Steve Levin and his past speaking engagements, visit his profile page.
A Lake Zurich, Illinois nursing home has been accused of negligence in a Levin & Perconti filed nursing home negligence suit. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The elderly negligence suit was filed against Lexington Health Care Center of Lake Zurich on behalf of Edna Kneided, an 83-year-old woman, after she suffered a hip fracture at the nursing home. The fracture has left her permanently immobile. Attorney Steven Levin of Chicago, Kneidek was admitted to Lexington Health Care after living in an assisted lving facility. Levin points out that when the woman was admitted, she was assessed as being at-risk for falls. Despite this assessment, the nursing home allowed her to fall five times from February through August of 2007. One fall resulted in her being transferred to the hospital for X-ways for five days, which revealed her left hip was shattered. The woman was also diagnosed with pneumonia. Edna had to have extensive surgery in order to repair her hip. "Edna's family trusted Lexington to care for her, but the home was negligent on a number of levels," Levin said. "The nursing home failed to properly assess Edna's risk for falls or protect her from falling. After allowing her to fall, the home did not respond to her complaints of pain or transfer her to the hospital in a timely fashion." To read more about the nursing home negligence, please click here.
Attorney Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti filed a nursing home negligence case in Cook County against Lexington Health Care Center of Lake Zurich in Lake Zurich, IL. The complaint was filed on behalf of Edna Kneidek for the injuries she suffered while she was a resident at the nursing home. The victim is now permanently immobile after she suffered a hip fracture at the nursing home. When Edna was admitted to Lexington, she was assessed as being at-risk for falls. Despite her known risk for falls, the nursing home allowed her to fall five times from February through August 2007. On August 7, Ms. Kneidek suffered a fall and later complained to the nursing home staff of severe hip pain. Over the next few days, her pain continued. However, the nursing home did not address this pain or transfer her to the hospital for x-rays for five days. When she finally entered the hospital on August 12, an x-ray revealed that her left hip was shattered and she was also diagnosed with pneumonia. Attorney Steven Levin stated that, “The nursing home failed to properly assess Edna’s risk for falls or protect her from falling. After allowing her to fall, the home did not respond to her complaints of pain or transfer her to the hospital in a timely fashion.” “We hope that our case will bring about changes at Lexington so that other residents don’t suffer like my mother did,” said Lisa. “We visited often, but there are so many residents who do not have family nearby to speak up for them. We do not want anyone else to go through what my mother went through.”
Those who file an Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit will now be forced to submit the case to a mediator before moving on to trial. This new mediation mandate is part of an amendment to a new Illinois medical malpractice rule that was approved this week by the Illinois Supreme Court.
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A nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit has been filed in Chicago, IL on behalf of the family of an 85-year old resident who suffered needlessly at Manorcare Palos Heights nursing home. Steven M. Levin and Michael F. Bonamarte of the Chicago-based law firm Levin & Perconti filed the lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, alleging violations of state and federal law due to the poor nursing care the resident received at the Manorcare Palos Heights facility. In a detailed report from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which can be found here, ManorCare was cited for failing to prevent Nancy Cirantineo’s mistreatment, neglect and abuse by their own staff members. Specific examples of staff mistreatment and neglect included delayed medical treatment, failure to provide necessary care and services, failure to provide necessary treatment to prevent existing pressure sores from worsening and failure to prevent the development of new sores.
Levin & Perconti has recently filed a lawsuit against a Chicago, Illinois nursing home, Clark Manor Convalescent Center, on behalf of a resident who has suffered needlessly as a result of significant neglect in the facility. The man was assessed as at risk for falls and development of bed sores, or decubitus ulcers. The lack of supervision at the facility allowed the resident to fall from bed resulting in a hip fracture. In addition, the failure of the facility to monitor the patient allowed him to develop multiple bed sores. The resident sustained injuries including the hip fracture and bedsores that required extensive surgical treatments, malnutrition, osteomyelitis requiring long-term IV antibiotics and a decline in quality of life.
Family files lawsuit on behalf of an 81-year-old woman who fell and died at Illinois nursing home, Alden Des Plaines
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed today by John J. Perconti and Patricia M. Gifford of Levin & Perconti, a Chicago-based law firm, on behalf of the family of an 81-year old resident who died as a result of a head trauma sustained at Alden Des Plains Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
The woman was admitted to Alden Des Plaines on November 25, 2005 after being hospitalized for a fall that caused a fracture to her left rib. Despite her high risk for falls, a condition that caused her to be admitted to the facility in the first place, Alden staff improperly completed an assessment for her risk of falling.
The woman fell in her room at Alden on January 9, 2006, which resulted in a head injury. She suffered an acute left temporal intracranial hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, all of which ultimately caused or contributed to her death on January 14, 2006.
Attorney John Perconti, stated: “Alden’s staff did not properly assess the resident for her high risk of falling despite her significant risk factors. The resident should have been considered a high risk for falls based on her history and because she was on psychotropic medications which can cause unsteadiness.” Perconti added, “In cases in which a resident is at risk for falling, facilities like Alden need to provide close supervision and assistance as well as alarms for their beds and chairs as precautionary measures.”
Attorney Patricia Gifford added: “The resident’s family searched for a nursing facility that would provide the highest standard of care for her. Alden failed to meet her need for close supervision and care.”
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Last November, 82-year Michail Aronov was admitted to the hospital with diagnoses of medication poisoning, dehydration, malnutrition, kidney damage, metabolic imbalance, significant weight loss and adverse changes in his mental status after being neglected in a Chicago area nursing home. A lawsuit filed today by Steven M. Levin of Chicago-based law firm Levin & Perconti, alleges that Alden Long Grove neglected Michail so badly during his residency at Alden Long Grove, that they caused his death. Ultimately Michail died from complications of sepsis, urinary obstruction, and a urinary tract infection. During his 8 month stay at the Alden facility, among other things Michail lost 15% of his body weight, a factor that caused the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to cite the home for neglect and improper nursing care.
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A nursing home lawsuit was filed today by Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte of the Chicago-based law firm Levin & Perconti in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois on behalf of the daughter of 78-year-old resident who died on January 31, 2007. The lawsuit alleges that the woman died as a result of the nursing home abuse and neglect she suffered while a resident at Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located at 22660 South Cicero Avenue, in Richton Park, Illinois. While a resident at Glenshire, the woman developed multiple infected pressure ulcers which ultimately caused or contributed to cause her death. The lawsuit also alleges that the staff at Glenshire Nursing and Rehab Center allowed the resident to become dehydrated and malnourished.
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An $825,000 settlement achieved by John Perconti and Patricia Gifford of Levin & Perconti was reported in the July 2007 issue of the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter. A resident of Manorcare at Oak Lawn was admitted for dementia with a history of wandering. Due to nursing home neglect and lack of supervision, the resident left the facility in the winter without shoes or a jacket and was not found until over two hours later. The resident suffered from hypothermia before dying the next morning. The Illinois Department of Public Health cited and fined ManorCare for this incident.
A $925,000 settlement achieved by Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte of Levin & Perconti was reported in the July 2007 issue of the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter. The plaintiff was a resident of Manorcare at South Holland and as a result of neglect in the nursing home, the resident developed serious bed sores. The pressure sores became infected, causing the resident to suffer from osteomyelitis, sepsis, malnutrition and dehydration. As a result of these injuries, the patient ultimately died.