Negligence Led to Fall and Untimely Death of Cook County Nursing Home Resident
Margaret P. Battersby Black of Levin & Perconti is representing a woman suing an assisted living facility alleging that an elderly resident was caused to fall and subsequently die due to negligence. The estate of Sarah Robinson filed the complaint on March 29 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Parkshore Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC dba Parkshore Estates Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois LLC, Paulette Alexander RN, Thomeka Brown, Juanita Davis LPN and Aishia Shipp LPN, Abigail Sullivan RD, Tijuana Haywood RN and Rachael Nnabuo RN.
According to the complaint:
- The woman was a resident at the care facility located at 6125 South Kenwood Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
- She received daily support and rehabilitative care at the facility from January 14, 2009 to February 26, 2018.
- During her stay, the plaintiff was caused to suffer from pressure sores, in addition to other complications related to neglect.
- She was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital on January 19, 2018 with signs of dehydration and malnutrition.
- The plaintiff was also at high risk for falls and fell on several occasions because fall prevention methods were not in place or not followed.
- As a result of complications related to these falls, she died on February 26, 2018.
- The defendant is accused of negligence and wrongful death.
Muscle weakness, changes in bone density and bone deterioration, lessened visual acuity, and other physical conditions can naturally make mobility more difficult. And there may be other contributing factors that increase the risk of nursing home falls by elderly residents, but neglect should never be one of them. For those residents marked a fall risk, facilities should develop and follow a care plan outlined with fall prevention strategies, the most critical of which includes consistent, supportive, and attentive care by staff.
Working with Experienced Attorneys on a Fatal Fall Case
Levin & Perconti is no stranger in representing and winning cases similar to this. In 2017, a Cook County jury awarded $2.7 million to the estate of a man who died from complications related to a fall at Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, alleging the resident should have received assistance while walking. The 67-year-old man fell in the entryway of his room on January 4, 2013 and sustained head injuries which required surgery. He died from related complications on May 2, 2013. The case was represented by Michael F. Bonamarte IV and Andrew J. Thut of Levin & Perconti.
While some falls can happen, most shouldn’t. If someone you love has fallen in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, call the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti. We’ve successfully settled and tried thousands of cases against nursing homes throughout Chicago and the state of Illinois. Call us now at (312) 332-2872 or toll-free at 1-877-374-1417 for a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys. Or click here to complete our online case evaluation form.