On October 24,2008, a lawsuit was filed against Washington Heights Nursing Home by John J. Perconti, of the Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti, for nursing home abuse and neglect. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family of Stanley “Ted” Dancy, is for personal injuries that Ted sustained while under the nursing home’s care, which contributed to his death.
In September, 2007, Mr. Dancy began experiencing confusion and changes in his mental health status, prompting his doctors to recommend temporary rehabilitative care. Upon this recommendation, he was admitted to Washington Heights Nursing Home. At the time of his admission, Mr. Dancy had no evidence of skin breakdown or pressure sores but, after just one month at the Chicago nursing home, it was necessary to send him to Mr. Sinai Hospital where he was diagnosed with four advanced-stage pressure ulcers (or bed sores), a urinary tract infection, and malnourishment. After being treated at the hospital, his family decided to send Mr. Dancy to a different nursing home. Charlotte Parnell, Mr. Dancy’s daughter, stated, “there was no way that we were sending him back to Washington Heights. Unfortunately, by that time, it was too late to reverse the deterioration of his condition.” Unable to recover from the injuries that he suffered at Washington Heights, Ted Dancy passed away on December 12, 2007.
“We trusted Washington Heights to rehabilitate our father, but their lack of care or concern for him was astonishing. They clearly did not do all that they could have done to try to better his condition, instead they made him much worse,” said Ted Dancy’s daughters, Charlotte Parnell and Delorise Dancy-Johnson.