November 13, 2008

Winchester House Pays $1 Million to Levin & Perconti Client

by Levin & Perconti

Lake County has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the family of an elderly Illinois woman who died in January 2005 at a nursing home in Libertyville. The settlement is for a $1 million. The seven-figure settlement to be paid to the family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died at the nursing home, is the largest settlement for a nursing home negligence case in Lake County. Attorney Steven Levin filed the suit on behalf of the woman’s husband and three daughters, claiming the nursing home failed to take proper procedures to prevent her continuous falls. The suit claims that the woman had trouble walking because of her dementia and despite her unsteadiness, never had a fall assessment completed by the nursing home’s staff. According to the suit, the woman fell six times in eight months and the nursing home failed to take appropriate measures. After a failed attempt to monitor her falls, the woman fell two more times, causing her to suffer brain injuries and hip and elbow fractures. She eventually died from her injuries. Attorney Steven Levin said the nursing home has agreed to put in place “procedures that will hopefully prevent something like this from happening in the future.” To read the press release, click here.