Attorneys Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby of Levin & Perconti have filed a lawsuit against Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Hoffman Estates. Levin & Perconti filed the lawsuit on behalf of Warren Osborn for the wrongful death of his 94-year-old mother, Mildred Osborn, who was a resident at the nursing home.
When admitted, Mildred was assessed at being as high risk for falls and accidents which required her to have supervision and assistance with activities of daily living. Attorney Steven Levin noted that, “Mildred could not get around independently; she had difficulty walking and needed assistance moving from her bed to wheelchair. She relied on the staff at Alden to help her with almost everything.” After an initial fall, the nursing home developed a plan so that she would not suffer anymore falls. However, she two more times and required hospitalization. Doctors diagnosed her with a laceration above her left eye, a hip fracture and a subarachnoid hemmorage, or bleeding around the brain. She passed away four days later an her autopsy listed her cause of death as being attributed to the injuries she sustained at Alden Poplar Creek.
“Falls can have devastating effects on older people, leading to serious injury or death,” said Steve Levin. “In Mildred’s case, the nursing home knew she was at risk for falls and allowed her to fall on several occasions. Even after these falls, they neglected to implement new precautions to prevent her from falling again, and failed to consistently implement the fall precautions that were already required. Mildred’s death could have been prevented if Alden had only taken the proper steps to ensure her safety.”