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75-year-old nursing home resident dies of exposure

John J. Perconti and Patricia L. Gifford, of Levin & Perconti recently settled a nursing home abuse and neglect case for $825,000. The case involved a 75-year old nursing home resident who was allowed to wander from Manorcare at Oak Lawn during sub-zero temperatures. On January 14, 2004 a Chicago nursing home resident was found by police lying face down on the street wearing only slipper socks, pants, and a sweater. The resident was rushed to Christ Hospital Medical Center where he was diagnosed with hypothermia and died the next morning.

The resident suffered from severe dementia. When he was admitted to Manorcare the nursing home staff was made aware of his wandering and exit-seeking behaviors. Despite this, the nursing staff failed to closely supervise the resident.

Attorney John Perconti, who represented the family of the deceased commented,

“This untimely death and family loss was preventable and we strongly encourage all nursing homes to closely supervise and monitor their residents to protect them from dangers they cannot comprehend.”

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