A $1 million settlement was just reached against Alden North Shore Nursing Home in Skokie, Illinois. When a 51-year-old man was rendered a quadriplegic resulting from a work-related injury, he was placed in the care facility for rehabilitation therapy. When he developed severe bed sores on his tailbone, hips, and heels, the nursing home claimed that pressure ulcers were an unavoidable side effect for quadriplegic patients. After the man’s wife determined that the facility was neglecting to properly care for her husband, she brought him to a Chicago area specialty hospital where it took one year for the pressure sores to heal. Since that time, under the care of his wife, the man’s sores have not returned. Attorneys Steven M. Levin and Michael Bonamarte IV of Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti proved that the pressure sores were avoidable, as the man has been free of them since leaving the facility.
Michael Bonamarte commented, “This is a classic example of a nursing home facility that was understaffed and inadequately trained and supervised. When [the man] was admitted to the nursing home, they promised that they could meet his care needs. The nursing home broke their promise to [the man] and his family, and as a result [he] suffered needlessly.”