An experienced Chicago nursing home attorney learns to expect the unexpected when it comes to ways in which long-term care facilities are capable of in negligent and abusive ways. For example, the Chicago Sun-Times reported last week on a new nursing home lawsuit involving a facility that never informed a family that their mother had died at the hospital.
Three siblings filed the Chicago nursing home lawsuit against the Ridgeview Nursing Home after they did not discover that their mother had died until four months after her passing. The victim was admitted to the North Side nursing home in 1991. She suffered from a variety of disabilities and required the close care of staff members at the facility with help eating, bathing, and walking.
The woman’s daughter visited her mother at the facility at the end of April last year. Two days later her mother was ill and brought to the hospital. The hospital called and informed the family of the move to the hospital. The next day the victim’s daughter visited her at the St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. Within 24 hours after that visit, the woman’s health recovered and she returned to the nursing home.
The victim’s three children do not live in Chicago and were unable to get to the facility on a weekly basis. In early September of last year the resident’s daughter called the nursing home to wish her mother a happy birthday. However, staff members reported that no one by her mother’s name resided at the facility. To clear up the confusion the family traveled to Chicago to visit the nursing home. Upon their arrival they discovered that their mother had actually died four months earlier in May. They were never made aware of her passing.
Apparently their mother’s remains had been sitting at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office since May. The family immediately made funeral arrangements. However, before they could properly pay respects to their loved one, the nursing home authorized the removal and burial of the woman without the family’s consent.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are shocked that the nursing home would act in such a cavalier manner. It is important for families to demand that these facilities follow proper standards of care. Obviously it is unacceptable for a facility to fail to notify a family in a situation such as this.
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