Negligence Led To 66-Year-Old’s Death in Chicago Nursing Home
Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, October 29 on behalf of the family of Jaime Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez tragically bled to death at his west suburban nursing home after receiving a kidney transplant just one month earlier. Before his unexpected and preventable death, doctors were pleased with the man’s recovery and family members were excited for Mr. Hernandez’s future after waiting nearly seven years for his new kidney.
According to the lawsuit, staff at Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center LLC at the Aperion Care facility located at 8200 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park failed to perform scheduled checks on Mr. Hernandez to prevent bleeding in the arm used for his dialysis treatments. The family is seeking monetary damages for 17 different care failures and negligence.
Inadequate Nursing Home Staffing Almost Always Leads to Poor Care
Levin & Perconti attorney Margaret Battersby Black said nursing home video collected by police investigators showed that no one had entered Mr. Hernandez’s nursing home room over a three-hour timeframe although checks were required more frequently. When Mr. Hernandez was found, he was lying in a pool of his blood, and unresponsive on the floor of his bathroom. Aperion Care staff also lied to police about the last time they had visited him.
The widely-known, experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti continually review the care violations that occur at Illinois nursing homes so that our blog readers can be well informed. The Illinois Department of Public Health had recently cited this nursing home for providing inadequate staffing less than a month before Mr. Hernandez arrived. Records indicate that Aperion Care in Forest Park has remained a chronically understaffed facility for several years but also faces issues related to mishandled transfers resulting in patients breaking bones, medication errors, and ignoring the daily grooming and hygiene care of residents.
Family members also found that Mr. Hernandez’s iPhone was stolen by a nursing home employee who had an active arrest warrant for theft, dependent adult abuse and forgery.
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If you have a loved one who is a resident at Aperion Care in Forest Park, or any other Illinois nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn the details about the facility’s care history. And if you suspect an injury or death resulting from neglect or abuse, contact the attorneys of Levin & Perconti now at 1-877-374-1417, or by completing our online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
We represent families impacted by nursing home abuse and neglect and their loved ones and set out to seek compensation for injuries, wrongful death, suffering, and additional unexpected medical bills.
Watch the story on NBC 5 Chicago: Suburban Family Blames Nursing Home For Death of 66-Year-Old