Illinois Nursing Home Accused of Wrongful Death of Elderly Resident

The daughter of an elderly woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an Illinois nursing home, claiming her mother died after being attacked by a patient with violent tendencies. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court against Lexington Health Care Center of Streamwood, Illinois. The suit claims that the victim was admitted to the nursing home in 2006 suffering from dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and hypertension. In November the woman was physically attacked by another resident. Prior to the attack the resident had repeatedly threatened the victim with violence while in the presence of staff at the nursing home. Nursing home staff members were also made aware of the resident’s “violent propensities”. The victim suffered multiple bruises and suffered a stroke following the attack. The lawsuit alleges that the physical attack caused or contributed to her death. The suit alleges that the nursing home staff failed to protect the victim from abuse and neglect; failed to provide services with professional standards; failed to timely inform the victim’s family that she had been attacked by another resident; failed to maintain records; failed to provide adequate care for the victim and failed to notify the victim’s family of changes in her condition. To read the full story, click here.

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