The relatives of a woman who died after repeated falls at the county-run nursing home in Libertyville, Illinois will receive $1 million in the largest nursing home negligence settlement in Lake County history. The family, represented by Susan Novosad, a partner at the Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti, was able to successfully negotiate the settlement out of court after mediation. The 83-year-old woman was admitted to Winchester House in January 2004, suffering from dementia. Following her admission to Winchester, and throughout the remainder of the year, she fell several times, resulting in serious personal injuries including broken bones and a brain injury. She died in January 2005, one month after a final fall requiring surgery. Her death prompted the nursing home to institute new policies, requiring staff to check patients’ wheelchair and bed alarms more frequently to ensure that they are in proper working order. For more information, read the stories published in the Daily Herald, by clicking here, and the Lake County News-Sun, by clicking here.