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Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines for Illinois Nursing Home Families

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), consistent with federal agency standards, recommends residents of long-term care facilities be included among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for residents of long-term care facilities has been occurring in Phase 1A since the distribution began on December 28, 2020. The state has been using the federal government’s nursing home and long-term care vaccination program alongside Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in charge of administering the vaccine to residents.

The state health agency reports Phase 1A is still underway and about 41% of 850,000 health care workers and nursing home residents have received at least one inoculation and nearly 12% getting both doses so far.

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Former Chicago Nursing Home Executive Has Sentence Commuted After Found Guilty of Largest U.S. Medicare Fraud Scheme

Philip Esformes, who used to be a well-known Chicago-area nursing home mogul, also known as the King of Medicaid Fraud, was released from prison after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence on December 22, 2020. The Presidential commutation disturbingly lessened the former executive’s criminal sentence, without vacating the conviction itself. Esformes, 51, was arrested in 2016 for various acts of criminal conduct tied to a $1.3 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme found through a complex web of bank accounts and systemic payment of bribes. Ultimately, he was caught continuously cycling as many as 14,000 nursing home and assisted living residents in Chicago and Miami while collecting millions from government programs designed to support services he never provided. In 2019, Federal prosecutors sentenced Esformes to 20 years in prison.

“Esformes exploited and victimized patients by providing inadequate medical care and poor conditions in his nursing homes. We will continue the fight against such parasites.” -Shimon Richmond, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector Generals (Miami)

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Levin & Perconti Represents Families Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home

The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ home in LaSalle, several investigations, and the subsequent firing of the home’s administrator, has triggered legal action directed at Illinois officials by the families of at least five dead residents. Levin & Perconti will represent the families, several of whom have described their personal tragedies with tremendous anger and frustration and overwhelming sadness, grief, and sorrow.

In an interview with Chicago’s ABC7 I-Team on December 22, Mike Bonamarte expressed tremendous and urgent concern of the situation, saying that “something happened” to trigger the November COVID-19 outbreak at the facility and that the virus was able to spread “inexcusably” inside beginning in late October, infecting more than 200 residents and staff members. Inadequate safety procedures, staff and leadership negligence, lack of personal protection equipment, and ineffective use of infection control resources likely contributed to the outbreak. Up until then, only one resident and five staff members at the home tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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“Levin & Perconti Does the Best Job with Nursing Home Cases Here in Chicago.” – McCready Law Firm

Many cases we handle at Levin & Perconti are referred to us by other attorneys who may not have the same resources, experience, and tools their clients and cases require. Because of this, we have a widely engaged network of referring lawyers nationwide, and every year we pay out millions in referral fees. A partner of ours, Michael McCready, who is a personal injury attorney at McCready Law Firm, recently let us know that he believes Levin & Perconti does the best job around.

“My clients and my firm have always been pleased with the level of representation and the results that they receive. Levin & Perconti does the best job with nursing home cases here in Chicago and throughout Illinois,” said McCready. “We highly recommend working with Levin & Perconti on these complex cases.”

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U.S. nursing home residents, totaling 1.2 million seniors and nonelderly people with disabilities living in over 15,000 facilities, are at increased risk of coronavirus infection and complications. The combined challenges of the facility setting and shared living environment, residents with underlying health conditions, the close contact that many care workers have with residents, and failures in facilities who do not provide quality care, all contribute to the high number of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in the elder communities.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of August 7, 20202:

  • More than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 have been traced back to nursing home residents and staff, resulting in 4,162 deaths.

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Villa at Windsor Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 153 COVID infections and 37 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 5, 2020, Villa at Windsor Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 153 infections and 37 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 11, 2020, CBS2 Chicago provided an article detailing local activists’ demands for increased COVID-19 protections and precautions to be implemented at Villa at Windsor Park. The article starts by explaining activists’ claims that high level management officials at Villa at Windsor Park were aware that COVID-19 had begun spreading throughout the facility back in March but provided none of this information to any of its residents of the public. In addition, the activists in the article demand that Villa at Windsor Park begin following and abiding by the CDC guidelines for sanitizing the facility. At the time this article was written, CBS2 Chicago reported that only one person from the facility had died.

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Elevate Care Chicago North releases COVID-19 statistics showing 171 COVID infections and 29 deaths.  Levin & Perconti,  Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 29, 2020, Elevate Care Chicago North, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 171 infections and 29 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 133 COVID infections and 4 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 15, 2020, California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center located in Chicago, IL released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 133 infections and 4 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center has posted their own response to how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The post includes information for patients, families and guardians, and employees. They have implemented new cleaning and treatment measures and have provided Kindle tablets to residents for electronic visitation, as normal visitation is no longer permitted. Staff members are following national guidelines and wearing personal protective equipment to protect themselves and residents.

James Zbonski Was One of 15 To Die at Facility With Multiple Past Infection Control Issues

CHICAGO, June 3, 2020 – Representatives of James Zbonski filed suit today against the Bridgeview Health Care Center following the 84-year-old man’s tragic death from COVID-19.

Family of Westchester Nursing Home COVID-19 Victim Files Suit
Rita Saunders Is One of 12 Dead at Facility With History of Neglect

CHICAGO, June 2, 2020 – Attorneys today filed suit on behalf of the family of 64-year-old Rita Saunders, who died in March following exposure to the novel coronavirus at the Westchester Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The Westchester center was the site of an early and sustained outbreak, with 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported at the 120-bed facility, including 12 deaths.

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