The criminal trial continued yesterday involving the morphine overdose death of several patients at the Woodstock Residence Nursing Home. Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are representing the family of one of the victims of these murders in a separate civil lawsuit.
The Northwest Herald reported on dramatic testimony in the case that begins to paint a picture of how a nurse, with her supervisor’s knowledge, began killing elderly residents at the home with opiate overdoses. Specifically, one testifying nurse explains how she saw her co-worker leave a resident’s room only to then see that half a bottle of morphine was gone. The woman called her supervisor to report the incident-but nothing was ever done. Not wanting to be a part of something as heinous as the intentional overdosing of residents, the testifying nurse explained that she decided to leave work at the home and notify authorities of the goings-on.
The nurse explained that she knew the morphine was disappearing far too quickly. In an effort to test her suspicions, she marked a bottle and saw how much it dropped.
Earlier in the Illinois nursing home case, a separate nurse overheard her supervisor explain to the woman charged with administering the overdoses, “I don’t care if you play the ‘Angel of Death,’ but just don’t let me know about it.”
Separate from this criminal matter, our attorneys 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’s death has left a devastating void in the lives of her family-the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was deeply loved. 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.
Our Illinois wrongful death lawyers will continue to pursue justice in tragic cases like this. All nursing homes must be held accountable for the conduct of their employees, from negligent oversights to intentional murder. Local families place their trust in the facilities where their loved ones reside. When that trust is so terribly taken advantage of, the legal system provides a forum to seek justice and accountability.
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