A 56-year-old Chicago area assisted living facility resident was recently awarded a $1,000,000 settlement in a law suit against Alden North Shore Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Skokie, Illinois. The man, a quadriplegic, was a victim of abuse and neglect at the facility which resulted in the development of multiple pressure ulcers on his tailbone, hips and heels. The nursing home maintained that the victim’s severe bed sores were unavoidable for quadriplegics. However, when the victim’s wife removed him from the home, he spent a year receiving treatment at another Chicago area facility and the pressure sores healed. They have yet to return. The man’s attorneys, Steven M. Levin and Michael F. Bonamarte IV of Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti, said that the injuries resulted from the fact that the nursing home was understaffed, and the staff it did employ was inadequately trained. Levin & Perconti has extensive experience representing victims of abuse and neglect who have suffered from pressure ulcers and the attorneys were able to prove that the bed sores were, in fact, entirely preventable.
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