IDPH Cites Halsted Terrace Nursing home and Levin & Perconti file Illinois nursing home lawsuit

Steven M. Levin and Jordan S. Powell from Levin & Perconti filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit on behalf of Stephen Maurice Crawford. Mr. Crawford was a resident of Halsted Terrace beginning in July, 2006. He required care and treatment that his family was unable to provide. Mr. Crawford suffered from a nuerological condition called transverse myelitis which essentially caused him to be paralyzed from the kidneys down. It was known to Halsted Terrace that Mr. Crawford required maximum assistance with all activities of daily living to ensure he was receiving proper hydration, nourishment and administration of medication. Due to his paralysis, the facility was also aware that Mr. Crawford was at risk for developing new bed sores and had orders in place to properly treat the existing sores on his body.

Despite this knowledge, Halsted Terrace allowed Stephen to become severally malnourished, dehydrated, and he developed several new sores during his stay at Halsted Terrace. This nursing home neglect required Stephen to undergo several hospitalizations and suffering prior to his death on May 25, 2007. At that time, Stephen Crawford was only 66 years old and left behind four loving children who were actively involved in his care. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Stephen’s children.

The lawsuit alleges that Halsted Terrace violated several provisions of the Nursing Home Care Act, OBRA regulations and sections of the Illinois Administrative Code. Also of significance is that the Illinois Department of Public Health cited the facility for neglect and improper nursing care.

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