Family files lawsuit on behalf of an 81-year-old woman who fell and died at Illinois nursing home, Alden Des Plaines

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed today by John J. Perconti and Patricia M. Gifford of Levin & Perconti, a Chicago-based law firm, on behalf of the family of an 81-year old resident who died as a result of a head trauma sustained at Alden Des Plains Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

The woman was admitted to Alden Des Plaines on November 25, 2005 after being hospitalized for a fall that caused a fracture to her left rib. Despite her high risk for falls, a condition that caused her to be admitted to the facility in the first place, Alden staff improperly completed an assessment for her risk of falling.

The woman fell in her room at Alden on January 9, 2006, which resulted in a head injury. She suffered an acute left temporal intracranial hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, all of which ultimately caused or contributed to her death on January 14, 2006.

Attorney John Perconti, stated: “Alden’s staff did not properly assess the resident for her high risk of falling despite her significant risk factors. The resident should have been considered a high risk for falls based on her history and because she was on psychotropic medications which can cause unsteadiness.” Perconti added, “In cases in which a resident is at risk for falling, facilities like Alden need to provide close supervision and assistance as well as alarms for their beds and chairs as precautionary measures.”

Attorney Patricia Gifford added: “The resident’s family searched for a nursing facility that would provide the highest standard of care for her. Alden failed to meet her need for close supervision and care.”

The facility was cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health for resident injury and improper nursing care.

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