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Nursing homes are required to provide proper care for all residents in their care. This is not just common sense – it is the law. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides guidelines that nursing homes and care facilities must follow when providing care to their residents. From time to time, however, a facility does not provide the level of care that is necessary and the result can be devastating. Levin & Perconti is representing the estate administrator of a nursing home resident who died as a result of alleged negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Failure to Prevent Infection

The nursing home resident in this case had a sternal wound which became severely infected. A sternal wound is the closure in the sternum left after open heart surgery. According to the NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, up to 40% of patients who have this type of infection die. Because this type of infection is difficult to treat and can be fatal, patients must receive specialized care to ensure that the wound is kept clean and sterile. The caregivers in this situation apparently did not properly care for the wound and allowed it to become infected.
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A lawsuit was recently filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the family of a woman who died after suffering negligent care in a nursing home. The woman was a resident of Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, a part of Glen Health and Home Management, Inc. The woman fell and broke her leg and suffered head trauma which ultimately led to her death. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000 as well as litigation expenses.

Risk of Falls
Anyone may fall from time to time; however, the elderly and those who are physically disabled are much more apt to fall down. When a fall does occur, older individuals are less able to catch themselves and they may suffer severe injuries. That may be precisely what occurred in this situation. The woman was a resident of the center for two years, during which time she had some hospitalizations. She required daily care with everyday activities that included transfers and ambulation. According to the lawsuit, the woman fell, breaking her leg and hitting her head. In addition to the fracture of her right humerus, the woman also had a serious subdural hematoma.
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A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County against a nursing home in Arlington Heights, IL. The suit was filed by the son whose elderly father was allegedly neglected while a resident in the facility. The suit names the nursing home, Manorcare Health Services as well as HCR Healthcare and a registered nurse who worked at the home. According to the lawsuit, the man suffered several falls and a head injury. Additionally, he had skin breakdown in some areas due to pressure sores. These injuries were the direct result of neglect on the part of the nursing home and nurse, states the lawsuit.

Levin & Perconti Filed the Case
Attorney Jordan S. Powell of Levin & Perconti and another attorney filed the lawsuit on behalf of the man’s son. The client’s father, Harry Sorci, was a resident of Manorcare in Arlington Heights, IL from April 2012 to October 2014. Manorcare Health Services is located at 715 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL, 60005. The lawsuit alleges that the facility did not take proper care of Mr. Sorci. As a result, the man suffered a head injury as well as pressure sores and died on October 3, 2014. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000. Bruises, head injuries, and pressure sores are common signs of neglect, which is a common occurrence in nursing homes across the country.
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The Anixter Center is one of the biggest providers for the disabled in the Chicagoland area, and has held a state operating license as a group home. In a recent unfortunate incident, on the first day of November 2014, an Anixter resident choked on food and died while on a group trip outside the home when the group stopped for fast food. It has been alleged that his caregivers did not provide the mandated one-on-one supervision to the patient during mealtime.

The Tragic Case
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Negligence of various sorts is a serious problem at nursing home facilities across the United States. Oftentimes people don’t realize the gravity of the term negligence until their loved one has been severely injured or hurt. That is why vigilance is a necessity when you have a loved on in a nursing home facility. Frequent trips to the nursing home are important, plus documenting the care of the individual who is being care for, and making note of any changes in your loved one’s behavior – these are key elements to keeping an eye out for potential abuse or negligence.

Unfortunately, even when families are vigilant, keep notes, make consistent visits, and so forth, their loved one can fall victim to negligence and even abuse (these two problems oftentimes intersect). This is certainly true when it comes to nursing homes in the state of Illinois, and we at Levin & Perconti have defended many families who have had the misfortune of a loved one being neglected or abused.

Levin & Perconti Neglect Lawsuit

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The adult son of an 85-year-old former nursing home resident has filed a wrongful death suit against a Niles, IL nursing home facility. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on February 3rd, 2014 in the Cook County Court against a registered nurse and Regency Rehabilitation Center. In addition, the lawsuit has also named a physician as a respondent in discovery.

Our attorneys, Jordan S. Powell and Katherine Moorhouse, are representing the decedent’s family.

Our client’s mother lived at Regency Rehabilitation Center LLC at 6631 Milwaukee Ave. in Niles from November 15, 2008 to February 5, 2012. Our lawsuit alleges that the defendants did not take proper care of our client’s mother, which resulted in pressure sores that eventually became infected and needed surgery. This is a common form of neglect in nursing homes across the United States, i.e., sores that go untreated. When left untreated, the consequences can be dire and life threatening. Obviously, the latter was the case for our client’s mother, and that is why we are representing the case, to fight for her rights.

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Most nursing home neglect cases include a few familiar types of incidents: falls, failure to prevent bed sores, resident-on-resident violence, inadequate nutrition, and wandering. But these general issues are certainly not the only ways that long-term care facilities can fail to meet their legal duty to protect residents. Sometimes the mistakes are a bit more nuanced and connected to the more skilled medical care that these facilities provide.

However, at the end of the day, considering there are so many clear trends when it comes to neglect, family members worried about mistreatment should most familiarize themselves with the most common issues, particularly falls and pressure sores.

Pressure Sore Case

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Our legal team is proud to represent nursing home residents and their families whenever negligent care by a facility causes preventable harm. There is simply no excuse for violating basic safety standards and allowing our vulnerable seniors and those with disabilities to suffer the consequences.

Recently our neglect attorneys filed suit against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation in Joliet on behalf of the family of a 49-year old former resident of the home, John Eric Rush. Mr. Rush suffered serious injury as a result of poor care and negligence by facility caregivers. Specifically, three lawyers from Levin & Perconti, Steven M. Levin, Jaime A. Koziol and Greta M. Hafeman, are representing the family in the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Part of $17.7 M Settlement Obtained by Levin & Perconti for Brain Injured Client

On Thursday evening, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a $16.2 million settlement, part of a $17.7 million settlement, for our client, George Nissen, who suffered a devastating brain injury while under the care of nursing staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UIC). Chicago injury lawyer Steve Levin, along with associate Margaret Battersby, represented George, now 47, in the medical malpractice lawsuit.

George, a former Stone Park, IL police officer, sustained a brain stem herniation when UIC hospital staff failed to monitor his intracranial pressure (ICP) during an external ventricular drain (EVD) challenge. As a result of the nursing staff’s negligence, he now suffers from quadriplegia, cannot eat , and can only communicate to family, friends and caregivers through eye movements and head shaking.

The lawsuit alleged that during this challenge, nursing staff failed to properly monitor George’s intracranial pressure. During an EVD challenge, nursing staff must closely monitor a patient’s ICP to ensure that it does not exceed acceptable limits. When a patient’s ICP level gets too high, a nurse must notify a physician. Throughout the night, George’s ICP was at dangerous levels, but his caregivers failed to recognize these changes in his neurological condition.

“As a result of this negligence, George’s ICP level dangerously elevated, his neurological status declined, and his physicians were not notified until he had already suffered catastrophic injuries,” said attorney Steven Levin.

“The settlement was reached on the eve of trial,” added Steve. “Now that the Board has approved the settlement, the family must wait for the Court to approve the settlement order. This should occur in the coming weeks.” In addition to the $16.2 million paid by UIC, a defendant nursing agency will also pay $1.5 million.

Click on the link to read the full press release announcing this medical malpractice settlement.
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Two of our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit today against ManorCare at Elk Grove Village. The suit was filed on behalf of a nursing home resident victimized by the facility’s inadequate care-Margaret Mock of Schaumburg.

Margaret was 76 when she was admitted to ManorCare in August of 2009, about 15 months ago. She decided to move into the facility to rehabilitate from recent surgery she underwent following a fall at her home. She had broken her wrist, elbow, and hip in the accident. Before the home fall Margaret was able to walk on her own with a walker.

The nursing staff at ManorCare was alerted to the fact that Margaret was at risk for a fall. Obviously because she was at the nursing home specifically to recover from a previous fall, it was imperative that the nursing home staff ensure that Margaret not suffer another fall. Unfortunately, the facility did not that that responsibility very seriously-no care plan was created to safeguard her against the risk of fall. At the very least, it would have been normal protocol for a process to be put in place to transfer her safely to and from her wheelchair.

The lack of care taken ultimately led to a serious fall only a bit over a month after arriving at ManorCare. On September 26, 2009 Margaret fell while a nursing assistant improperly transferred her from her bed to wheelchair. The consequences of the fall were severe. She broke her leg in two places, and was unable to undergo surgery to repair the injury because of her already weakened condition.
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