Cahokia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Cahokia, IL, is yet again defending themselves against a lawsuit filed by the family of a resident. According to the lawsuit, Pauline Purifoy, 86, died in April 2015 from multiorgan failure and septic shock. In the days leading up to her death, Ms. Purifoy was suffering from a painfully severe urinary tract infection that was left untreated. As the pain progressed, Cahokia Nursing & Rehab did not notify Ms. Purifoy’s doctor, instead choosing to treat her on their own. When their efforts didn’t work and Ms. Purifoy was becoming physically and vocally agitated, they resorted to lorazepam, a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. The Illinois Department of Public Health made a visit to Cahokia and saw Ms. Purifoy covered in her own urine, feces, and vomit and forced the facility to contact her physician. The physician ordered her to be transferred to a local hospital, during which time she died in the emergency room.
Cahokia Nursing and Rehabilitation on Federal Watch List
Just this past January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their latest list of Specialty Focus Facilities, those nursing homes that are considered severely deficient and in danger of losing federal funding. We analyzed the list and found 3 Illinois facilities named, one of which was Cahokia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Shockingly, Cahokia Nursing & Rehab had just been upgraded to the ‘shown improvement’ category of Special Focus Facilities after a December 2016 visit by CMS.
The list of lawsuits against Cahokia Nursing & Rehabilitation is lengthy. According to the Madison-St. Clair Record, there were two incidents at the facility in 2015 that were investigated by both the IDPH and the local police. The first was Ms. Purifoy’s wrongful death case and the second was the choking death of a 76 year old resident. Last spring there was a fire at Cahokia and last summer a former employee sued the nursing home after allegedly being fired for questionable causes.
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The nursing home abuse attorneys of Levin & Perconti are recognized as leaders in the fight against elder abuse. The firm has secured settlements and verdicts in excess of $160 million for the victims and families of those who have suffered from nursing home abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one have been the victim of maltreatment at Cahokia Nursing & Rehab Center or any other facility, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help you decide if you have reason to pursue action.
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