Each Chicago nursing home lawyer at our firm is proud to work on behalf of seniors and their family members following harmful abuse and neglect. Sadly, our work clearly indicates that we still have a long way to go before the level of care at all senior living facilities is up to par.
Time and again residents are injured or killed as a result of basic lapses in care which could and should have been avoided. Many of these incidents are swept under the rug. This is tragic, because it is usually only with full accountability that changes are made at these homes to prevent repeat occurrences. One on hand it is understandable for some families to avoid pressing their rights as there is a perception that the healing process is made harder when legal issues are raised. Yet, on the other hand, it is critical to ensure the rights of the one hurt are respected to the end–including protecting their rights even after a passing. No matter what there is nothing to lose by visiting with a nursing home neglect lawyer to share your story and learn what options are available before making a final decision.
Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys recently settled another case on behalf of a local family whose loved one died as a result of negligent care. The resident lived at the defendant facility for a seven and a half month stretch, from January 2007 to August 2007. Sadly, the care she experienced at the home appeared to be chronically bad.
For example, during that stay she had at least six different falls. The eighty-eight year old resident, like most her age, had some mobility problems. Preventing those falls is of obvious and paramount importance to caregivers at these facilities. It is particularly crucial for steps to taken to help those who have repeat falls. While a fall may seem like a small accident, to a 88-year old woman a single fall can prove incredibly harmful.
In this case, the facility in question did not create a care plan to prevent the falls or address her risk. It was not until her final fall–in August of 2007–that anything was done. The fall was particularly harmful. The senior’s eye literally burst in the incident, requiring an “eye enucleation” surgery. As is common when a senior requires extensive medical care, serious complications arose. She eventually suffered several cardiac arrhythmias and developed pneumonia while staying at the hospital. The string of medical problems–all arising from the fall–eventually proved too much for the senior to take. She passed away less than a month following her final fall at the facility.
The woman’s seven children eventually sought out the help of our Chicago nursing home attorneys to demand accountability. Recently, a settlement was reached with the facility for the full amount of the eroding insurance policy, over $800,000. The accountability will hopefully spur changes so that serious fall risks are actually addressed at the facility before they cause serious harm to the seniors at the home.
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