Last month our Illinois nursing home neglect lawyers settled a lawsuit on behalf of a local family whose loved one passed away as a result of inadequate care being provided at a local nursing home.
The resident in this case was admitted to the defendant-facility in late April of 2008. The fifty four year old man had been involved in a car accident and was in need of close care to help with his ventilator management and rehabilitation. He was in a relatively fragile condition and was in obvious need of close supervision by staff members. Support was necessary for even basic daily tasks. These necessities were the very reasons that his family ensured that he was admitted to the skilled nursing facility to begin with.
Unfortunately, he did not receive the care to which he was entitled. A few days after his admittance the man suffered a medical emergency-his blood pressure spiked suddenly. This condition-known as a hypertensive crisis-can cause many complications, including a stroke or cardiac arrest. The man’s physician was consulted, and he instructed the nursing staff to provide close care and to report back. The man’s condition did not change throughout the day, but the staff members did not send him to the hospital or even check back in with the man’s doctor.
Not only that but as the day went on, the nursing staff’s close observation began to wane. There was a 45 minute period where he was left completely alone. When he was finally checked on at that point he was in serious trouble. His feet were hanging over the bed, and he was unresponsive.
Rushed to hospital, he was eventually diagnosed with cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage. The injuries were very severe, and he died a few days later.
The man’s family contacted our Chicago nursing home lawyers to investigate whether the care provided was reasonable. Eventually, a lawsuit was filed alleging that the facility’s nursing staff failed to act properly in not contacting the man’s doctor or respond to his medical emergency. In addition, the lawsuit alleged that the staff members knew or should have know that he had difficulty reaching his call light-so he could not warn staff members when he was in trouble. These failures all contributed to his fatal injuries.
Last month both parties were able to reach an amicable settlement to resolve the matter without the need to go to trial. The nursing home agreed to provide the family redress in the amount of the insurance policy maximum-roughly $920,000.
Illinois Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
Our entire team is proud to help local residents and their families affected by mistreatment at local long-term care facilities. Often some of the most tragic cases of neglect involve residents who enter a facility for what is intended to be a temporary rehabilitation stint. These residents are commonly younger than other residents-as in this case-and frequently have hopes of recovering and moving out to live back on their own. Yet, far too often these individuals do not receive the close care they need. As a result, they can suffer serious medical setbacks that either prolong their recovery time or, as here, prove fatal.
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