A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County against a nursing home in Arlington Heights, IL. The suit was filed by the son whose elderly father was allegedly neglected while a resident in the facility. The suit names the nursing home, Manorcare Health Services as well as HCR Healthcare and a registered nurse who worked at the home. According to the lawsuit, the man suffered several falls and a head injury. Additionally, he had skin breakdown in some areas due to pressure sores. These injuries were the direct result of neglect on the part of the nursing home and nurse, states the lawsuit.
Levin & Perconti Filed the Case
Attorney Jordan S. Powell of Levin & Perconti and another attorney filed the lawsuit on behalf of the man’s son. The client’s father, Harry Sorci, was a resident of Manorcare in Arlington Heights, IL from April 2012 to October 2014. Manorcare Health Services is located at 715 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL, 60005. The lawsuit alleges that the facility did not take proper care of Mr. Sorci. As a result, the man suffered a head injury as well as pressure sores and died on October 3, 2014. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000. Bruises, head injuries, and pressure sores are common signs of neglect, which is a common occurrence in nursing homes across the country.
Other Neglect Cases against Manorcare
There have been numerous neglect lawsuits filed against Manorcare facilities in the past. Several high profile cases have involved HCR Healthcare and Manorcare companies. In one case, the company was required to pay $90 million in a verdict involving widespread care problems. In another case, the family of a woman was awarded more than $11 million because neglect led to her death in the nursing home. In addition, that case was quite unique as the jury also awarded $80 million in punitive damages due to the overwhelming nature of the neglect. Punitive damages are rare in these types of cases.
Substandard Care is a Common Problem
Many nursing homes fail to provide standard care to their residents. This negligence often results in harm to the patients. Some care facilities, such as Manorcare, are part of a larger care company, in this case HCR Healthcare. These types of large corporations may have many facilities and often assume that lawsuit cases are just part of doing business. This attitude does not provide residents with the level of care that they deserve. Negligent care is not acceptable! According to the NCEA (National Center on Elder Abuse) as many as 44% of nursing home residents report that they have been abused or neglected. This number is likely low, because many of the abuse and neglect cases go unreported.
When your loved one is placed in a nursing home you expect a high level of care and safety. If neglect or abuse occurs, it is up to you to take the matter to court. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, prescriptions, and other expenses associated with negligent care. Contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a consultation today.
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