The Herald-Times reported is reporting this morning on a new Illinois nursing home lawsuit in Will County. The suit was filed against the Sunny Hill nursing home in Joliet.
The lawsuit stems from the 2009 death of a resident at the home-the victim’s daughter blames her mother’s death on the facility’s negligence. Specifically, documents filed with the court allege that staff members at Sunny Hill ignored symptoms of an illness in the resident, leading to her death. The victim had lived at the home for three years prior to her passing.
The daughter who filed the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit claims that her mother complained about stomach pain in the few days leading up to her death and was showing all of the tell-tale signs of bowel distension. However, despite the complaints and symptoms, the staff members at the home did nothing to help her. The woman’s care plan was not followed, her vital signs weren’t taken, and she was not brought to the hospital in a timely fashion. In fact, her family was not even told about her condition.
By the time she actually did receive medical help, there was little that could be done.
Sunny Hill has previously been rated below average by Compare Healthcare based on health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Over the past two years they have been cited for nine deficiencies in state inspections, have had numerous complaints filed, and twenty four fire safety deficiencies.
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers work with families whose loved ones have suffered neglect and abuse at area nursing homes. We understand the mix of emotions that are involved in dealing with the consequences of this mistreatment and then deciding to pursue legal actions to hold the home accountable. Fortunately, the legal system exists specifically to help those who suffer because of the mistakes and intentional abuse of others. We understand the relief and accountability that victims can seek by pursuing judicial action in these matters.
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