The Northwest Herald reported this weekend on the upcoming trial involving one of the individuals charged in what has been dubbed the “Angel of Death” case. Two defendants are facing criminal charges for actions that led to the death of several nursing home patients who were administered lethal doses of morphine.
The defendant in this first trial is a supervising attorney who is charged with failing to report Illinois nursing home abuse after she became aware of the deadly actions of one of the nurses whom she supervised. A certified nursing assistant heard the supervisor tell her subordinate, “I don’t care if you play the Angel of Death, but just don’t let me know about it.”
The case centers on the death of at least six residents at the Woodstock Residence. According to reports, a nurse gave several residents drug cocktails in an effort to “keep them calm” and “help them along.”
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have filed an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims, Virginia Cole. Ms. Cole was 78 years old when she unexpectedly died of complications from a variety of symptoms, including confusion, hypothermia, and bradycardia-together indicating a possible drug overdose. Ms. Cole died only a few days after being taken to the hospital.
The death came as a huge shock to the family of the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The very day before she was taken to the hospital, Ms. Cole was reportedly in great spirits, visiting with residents up and down the facility showing off her new hair style. She daughter had visited her the very morning she was brought to the hospital and reported her in good shape.
Our Illinois wrongful death lawyers will continue to pursue the truth and fair justice in cases like this involving reckless nursing home behavior. Local families place their trust in the facilities where their loved ones reside. It is simply unconscionable that these local nursing homes would allow this outright murder to occur repeatedly. The parties responsible for this conduct at all levels must be held responsible for the losses.
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