Prairie View Care Center in Charleston, IL recently agreed to pay a record $700,000 to the family of a 43-year-old man who died from injuries he suffered while a resident at the nursing home. The settlement is the largest reported settlement against a Coles County nursing home. Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte of Levin & Perconti in Chicago represented the victim’s family in the nursing home negligence and wrongful death case. The settlement was reached following settlement conferences between the parties and the Cook County Circuit Court. The former owners of the nursing home are located in Skokie, Illinois.
The victim was admitted to the Prairie View Care Center on March 19, 2002. He suffered severe cognitive impairments and was dependent on nursing home staff for all of his major activities including turning and repositioning. From his admission through his discharge on May 12, 2002, he became severely malnourished, dehydrated and developed a massive infected Stage IV bed sore on his sacrum. The pressure wound was so deep that Donny’s sacral bone was visible. The injuries were the result of both nursing home negligence and the doctor’s failure to provide adequate medical and personal care to the victim. His injuries lead to his decline in his overall condition and his ultimate death in November of 2002. “Prairie View Care Center and Dr. Johnson both failed to prevent the progression of Donny’s sacral pressure sore, and he eventually died from complications related to his injury,” said attorney Steve Levin. “Poor care in nursing homes is a statewide problem. Anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home needs to be aware of their loved one’s rights and also needs to seek legal representation from an experienced trial lawyer when it is suspected that those rights have been violated.” If you have been the victim of nursing home negligence, consult a nursing home lawyer.