November 9, 2008

Lake County Pays Levin & Perconti Client $1 Million in Negligence Case

by Levin & Perconti

One of Lake County’s largest nursing home negligence lawsuits ended this week with a $1 million payment to the family of a nursing home negligence victim. Lake County agreed to pay the seven-figure settlement to the family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died at 83 while a resident at Winchester House in Libertyville. A lawsuit filed on behalf of her husband and three daughters claimed that the nursing home failed to take proper measures to prevent her continuous falls. The woman was admitted to the nursing home as her dementia increased. Before she was admitted, her gait had become unsteady and she had trouble walking. Attorney Steven Levin argued that despite her unsteadiness, the woman never had a fall assessment completed by the nursing home’s staff. The woman fell six times in her first eight months there and the nursing home never took appropriate measures. Even after they implemented a wheelchair and bed alarms, they did not use the technology properly. The woman then fell two more times and these falls caused her to suffer brain injuries and hip and elbow fractures. The nursing home’s $1 million said is the largest nursing home negligence settlement in Lake County history. To read the full story, click here.