The Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti recently settled another case on behalf of local residents. This particular case is yet another reminder that not all nursing home residents are seniors. Many younger community members also enter these facilities in need of a wide-range of close care. When that care is not provided, the consequences for the residents can be life-threatening.
In this latest case, the nursing home resident was admitted to a local nursing home after suffering a stroke. The woman-only 34 years old at the time-had a history of gastro-intestinal bleeding when she was admitted into the facility. While at the home, staff members of the facility gave the resident blood-thinning medications. However, the caregivers were not diligent in monitoring all of the medications provided. In addition, when a medication order was not followed correctly, the woman’s physician was not contacted, as would have been reasonable under the circumstances. Similarly, the caregivers did not monitor the woman’s laboratory values or inform her physician when the values were abnormal.
The resident did not receive the close care she needed.
Throughout her entire stay at the facility, the resident’s physician did not see her even once. When he finally did provide care, mistakes were made. The blood thinning medications were administered without even examining her or considering her gastrointestinal bleeding history. The doctor also failed to transfer the resident to the hospital when there was the possibility that she was facing life-threatening problems as a result of her gastrointestinal bleeding.
As a result of each of these errors the young resident suffered uncontrolled internal bleeding, including a gastrointestinal bleed. She did not survive.
The resident’s family contacted our Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers to help protect their legal rights. When caregivers, including both doctors and nursing home staff members, fail to properly support those in their charge, they can be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.
In this case an Illinois nursing home neglect lawsuit was filed-the physician and nursing home were named as defendants. The case was recently settled between the parties. The defendant-nursing home paid the maximum of their insurance policy, nearly $835,000. The defendant-doctor paid $165,000. In total the family will receive slightly less than $1 million in the settlement.
Illinois Nursing Home Accountability
Unfortunately, far too many nursing home residents receive inadequate care similar to the victim in this case. Many lives are lost or adversely affected when nursing homes do not provide the level of care necessary to keep residents safe.
State nursing home laws seek to ensure that care is proper at all state facilities, however, the laws are often not followed. State regulators cannot provide the close observation needed to ensure that all facilities abide by applicable regulations. As a result, there is often chronic violation of rules, particularly when it comes to crucial issues like staffing level.
Most of the time, the only way to ensure that facilities are held accountable when they do not act properly is via private civil lawsuits filed by family members on behalf of their senior relatives.
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