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Partners At Illinois Law Firm Recognized As Leaders

Levin & Perconti Partners Chosen as Influential Leaders in Legal Profession

Levin & Perconti partners Margaret Battersby Black and Mike Bonamarte have been separately acknowledged for their work as leading attorneys in Illinois. Battersby Black has been nominated for her rising influence as a woman in the legal field and named to Crains Notable Women list for 2020. And, Bonamarte has been asked to join the Illinois State Bar Association’s steering committee on racial inequity.

In 2020, also Battersby Black and Bonamarte joined Levin & Perconti partners Steven Levin, John Perconti, and Susan Novosad for achieving the notable 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer title. The attorneys were recognized for individual and team work representing clients in medical malpractice and personal injury cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect. Bonamarte and Battersby Black were previously honored by the Super Lawyers Rising Stars program for early-career lawyers, multiple times.

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Are Nursing Homes Still Short on the Supplies Needed to Fight Coronavirus?

COVID-19 cases are expected to continue climbing across the U.S. as more than 25,000 nursing home residents and 400 staff have died since the pandemic began. In the months to come, an increase in supplies are expected to be needed by health care workers, patients, and nursing home residents for their protection. But a troublesome report by Kaiser Health News (KHN) published in June 2020 shows that nearly 20% of the nation’s nursing homes still aren’t receiving the personal protection equipment (PPE) they need.

  • An estimated 3,213 out of more than 15,000 facilities had less than a week’s supply of masks, gowns, gloves, eye protectors, or hand sanitizer.

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Morgan County Battles First Coronavirus Outbreak at Aperion Care Jacksonville

In west-central Illinois, a Morgan County long-term care facility is the first to be affected by a COVID-19 outbreak. Forty-eight confirmed cases and one death have been reported involving residents of Aperion Care Jacksonville located at 1021 North Church Street in Jacksonville, according to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) as of June 25, 2020.

There have been 126 confirmed coronavirus cases in Morgan County, with nearly a third attributed to the outbreak at Aperion Care. Many of the positive cases were among residents and staff members. A closer look through quarterly reports of long-term care facilities, Aperion care homes remain a likely offender, plagued by chronic care issues that could be prevented.

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Symphony at Midway releases COVID-19 statistics showing 213 COVID infections and 21 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Symphony at Midway, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 213 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

News Articles

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Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 50 COVID infections and 1 death.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 28, 2020, Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center, located in DeKalb, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 50 infections and 1 death have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On May 28, 2020, the Daily Chronicle posted an article detailing the COVID-19 outbreak at Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center, describing numerous failures in the facility’s fight against the virus and preventing its transmission. The article explains the lack of information being shared by the community to family members who are extremely concerned for the well-being of their loved ones who are residents in the facility. Numerous attempts to receive updates or any kind of information about how the facility has been dealing with the virus outbreak have been met with silence on the part of Pine Acres. The article further cites a report from the Illinois Department of Public Health which stated Pine Acres had not performed the necessary testing on residents until 12 days after it was discovered an employee of the facility had contracted the virus. This inability on the part of the facility to sufficiently test residents demonstrates a major failure on its part in combating the virus outbreak and further preventing its transmission within Pine Acres.

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Alden Lincoln Park Rehab releases COVID-19 statistics showing 69 COVID infections and 9 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 8, 2020, Alden Lincoln Park Rehab, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 69 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Regulatory History

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Villa at Windsor Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 153 COVID infections and 37 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Villa at Windsor Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 153 infections and 37 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 11, 2020, CBS2 Chicago provided an article detailing local activists’ demands for increased COVID-19 protections and precautions to be implemented at Villa at Windsor Park. The article starts by explaining activists’ claims that high level management officials at Villa at Windsor Park were aware that COVID-19 had begun spreading throughout the facility back in March but provided none of this information to any of its residents of the public. In addition, the activists in the article demand that Villa at Windsor Park begin following and abiding by the CDC guidelines for sanitizing the facility. At the time this article was written, CBS2 Chicago reported that only one person from the facility had died.

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Alden Debes Rehabilitation and Health Care Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 60 COVID infections and 16 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 12, 2020, Alden Debes Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, located in Rockford, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 60 infections and 16 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 28, 2020, an article posted by wifr.com detailed an upcoming statewide strike by nursing home workers which staff members at Alden Debes planned to participate in. According to the article the workers are threatening the strike in response to nursing facility’s refusal to provide improved personal equipment (PPE), enhanced safety protocols, and appropriate hazard pay and base compensation. The fact that staff members at Alden Debes planned to take part in this strike conveys the notion that this specific facility lacks the necessary resources to combat the spread of COVID-19 and has failed to protect both its workers and residents up to this point.

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Symphony of Lincoln Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 170 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 4, 2020, Symphony of Lincoln Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 170 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Quarterly Violations

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List of Nursing Homes in Kane County and Lake County Overwhelmed by Coronavirus Infections

Long-term care facility residents in Illinois remain at high risk of being affected by COVID-19 as outbreaks across the state increase among residents and staff. Many of the residents already have several infectious disease risk factors associated with living in a community setting and are battling chronic medical conditions, but the lack of oversight and control measures over the virus by facility owners and administrators have only made matters worse.

On Friday, June 5, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported a jump in coronavirus and deaths at skilled nursing facilities in Kane County and Lake County.

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