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Woodstock Nursing Home Resident Died of Overdose of Non-Prescribed Drug

On several occasions last week we reported on the criminal trial related to the “Angel of Death” killings at an area nursing home, the Woodstock Residence. Our firm is the Chicago nursing home lawyer representing one of the victims at the facility in a civil matter, Virginia Cole. Much of the information that is being heard by the jury in the criminal case reveals how a nurse at the facility purposefully administered an overdose of drugs to residents with the tacit approval of her supervisor.

For example, a Chicago Sun-Times story on the nursing home trial explains how one victim died of a pain-killer overdose of a drug that he was never prescribed. The 84-year old man died in the middle of 2006 from a morphine overdose, even though he should never had had any amount of the powerful pain-killer in his system.

An experienced pathologist testified at the trial, explaining how the victim’s death was clearly caused by morphine intoxication. Similarly, Virginia Cole died unexpectedly around the same time. The pathologist explained that he could find no medical reason for her death. He reported that “none of her underlying natural disease processes would explain her dying at the time she did.”

Other nurses testified and explained how the morphine prescribed to Ms. Cole seemed to be used up far too quickly. Those suspicions were reported to the supervising nurse who did nothing to stop the problem.

Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to work on behalf of victims of negligent and abusive care at these facilities. Far too many elderly community members remain trapped in terrible living conditions because the employees charged with their care do little to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Please do not let these seniors suffer in silence. Report all instances of potential abuse and contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer to see if any legal action should bet taken.

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