As we explained yesterday, our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are currently representing the family of Virginia Cole, an Illinois nursing home resident killed when her cargiver intentionally gave her an overdose of drugs. Ms. Cole was one of several victims of the dubbed “Angel of Death” –a healthcare worker who purposely overdosed residents at the Woodstock Residence.
Our firm is representing the family in the civil matter; the criminal trial related to the incident has been underway for the past two weeks. The Chicago Breaking News reported earlier this week on the testimony at the nursing home trial. What is clear already is that the supervisors at the facility paid little attention to the suspicious overdose deaths that were occurring with startling frequency.
A former co-worker explained how the supervising nurse was “cavalier” and “unconcerned” after hearing suspicions that a resident’s death was caused by an employee tampering with her morphine. For example, one nurse walked into Ms. Cole’s room and saw that her morphine seemed lower than it should have and there was a second suspicious vial nearby. She reported this to her superiors who did nothing to investigate.
The former nurse specifically warned her boss, the criminal defendant in the present trial, that the nurse accused of murder was giving Ms. Cole too much medication. Ms. Cole ultimately died unexpectedly from a string of complications that are often associated with drug overdose-confusion, hypothermia, and bradycardia. She had been in good spirits and health the day before her death.
Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to fight for the rights of nursing home victims like Virginia Cole and their families. This case is an egregious example of the general principle that Illinois nursing home abuse typically is allowed to fester because of poor oversight by those charged with leading a facility. The very best nursing homes have a supervisor who demands proper standards of care and who prioritizes the quality of life of their residents. If you know of residents who have suffered because of this poor care, be sure to get in touch with an Illinois nursing home lawyer.
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