The Atlanta Journal Constitution passed along news this weekend of the culmination of a nursing home lawsuit.
The wrongful death case stemmed from the passing of a 51-year old woman who died following complications stemming from her untreated pressure sores. The suit was filed against County Crossing Assisted Living, its owner, and Hutcheson Home Health Care. In early 2006, the victim was brought to the Hutcheson Home to receive care which was itself outsourced to County Crossing. It was clear, however, that neither health care provider was giving the victim the care that she needed.
The woman had cerebral palsy and several infected pressure ulcers on her body. However, the facility failed to take appropriate steps to treat the ulcers (also known as bed sores). The family alleges that only one of the many sores was ever treated. Following the victim’s death, the woman’s family filed a lawsuit which ended in a week-long trial last week. The jury ultimately determined that the health care providers had committed serious misconduct. They awarded the family $9.5 million for the wrongful death and pain and suffering.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand and respect the rights of the victim’s family in these cases. The ability to present one’s story in front of a jury and ask their evaluation of the situation is a key tool forcing nursing homes to remain accountable for their conduct. The right to bring an Illinois nursing home lawsuit therefore serves an important checking function, keeping the quality of care at all nursing homes higher than it might be otherwise.
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