The Chicago Sun-Times reported on a tragic Chicago nursing home fall that took the life of a 57-year old resident on Wednesday morning. The bizarre falling accident occurred at the Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion in the early morning. Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion is an Illinois nursing home on the city’s Northwest Side in the Logan Square neighborhood.
According to reports, a resident of the home woke up early Wednesday morning and began his usual morning routine. A nurse saw the man wake, but she did not stay with him after he woke; instead she left and performed other tasks. Eventually a loud noise was heard by someone on the first floor of the facility. Upon investigation, the resident was found severely injured and crumpled on the ground. He was rushed to a local hospital, but there was nothing that doctors could do. He died shortly after from the injuries suffered in his fall.
A closer look at the accident scene revealed that the man had attempted to “escape” the home by tying sheets together and climbing out of his window.
The tragic death is similar to many other nursing home falls that occur across the area. Many residents at these facilities are known fall risks and know flight risks. In fact, the very reason why many individuals seek care at these facilities is because of these dangers. It is assumed that close and constant observation is the best way to prevent injury. Unfortunately, that planning goes awry if the care workers at the facility do not provide as close of care as necessary.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have represented families in a similar case. In 2004, a 54-year old Illinois nursing home resident died after falling from a window that he was trying to exit at the Lee Manor Nursing Home. In that case, the resident was suffering from chronic paranoid schizophrenia, was severely blind, and required ongoing supervision. He was placed on a secure floor in order to ensure his safety. However, the facility negligently allowed the windows in the man’s room to open enough to allow his attempted escape and ultimate death.
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti work with all area nursing home residents and their families following tragedies cause by poor nursing home care. Our attorneys are very familiar with the laws related to nursing home falls, wandering residents, and similar examples of negligent oversight by caregivers.
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