In a case of nursing home abuse and neglect, the Illinois Department of Public Health fined the Claremont Rehab and Living Center $20,000 for an incident that caused a 78 year-old patient’s death. The patient’s legs were amputated below the knee and was at high risk for falls. The DPH’s investigation led the agency to believe that the man’s fall and consequential death was as a result of the nursing home’s failure to supervise him. The fall caused a brain injury, which ultimately brought about the man’s death. The fine issued was for the most serious of violations of the Nursing Home Care Act, and was the third investigation made by the state for negligence leading to hospital or emergency room visits. In addition to the fine, the man’s family is being represented by Levin & Perconti in a personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home.
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