Two of our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit today against ManorCare at Elk Grove Village. The suit was filed on behalf of a nursing home resident victimized by the facility’s inadequate care-Margaret Mock of Schaumburg.
Margaret was 76 when she was admitted to ManorCare in August of 2009, about 15 months ago. She decided to move into the facility to rehabilitate from recent surgery she underwent following a fall at her home. She had broken her wrist, elbow, and hip in the accident. Before the home fall Margaret was able to walk on her own with a walker.
The nursing staff at ManorCare was alerted to the fact that Margaret was at risk for a fall. Obviously because she was at the nursing home specifically to recover from a previous fall, it was imperative that the nursing home staff ensure that Margaret not suffer another fall. Unfortunately, the facility did not that that responsibility very seriously-no care plan was created to safeguard her against the risk of fall. At the very least, it would have been normal protocol for a process to be put in place to transfer her safely to and from her wheelchair.
The lack of care taken ultimately led to a serious fall only a bit over a month after arriving at ManorCare. On September 26, 2009 Margaret fell while a nursing assistant improperly transferred her from her bed to wheelchair. The consequences of the fall were severe. She broke her leg in two places, and was unable to undergo surgery to repair the injury because of her already weakened condition.
Our nursing home attorney Steven Levin discussed the irresponsibility of the care provided to Margaret, explaining, “Nursing home workers are responsible for assisting residents who are at risk for falls or too weak to move themselves. The staff at ManorCare knew Margaret could not transfer herself to her wheelchair but nonetheless directed her to do so.”
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