The Madison St. Clair Record reported earlier this week on a nursing home lawsuit filed by the family of a resident killed because of unsafe conditions at the Cambridge House of O’Fallon.
The suit alleges that the victim, an elderly female resident, was walking in the facility’s hallway when she tripped on a phone cord. The cord came from a nurse’s station nearby. The dangerous tripping hazard was stretched across the hallway, and it was not secured in any way. Obviously with many elderly residents walking in the area, the danger posed by the loose cord was obvious.
Unfortunately for the victim in this case, the fall caused severe injury-fracturing her spine. Her overall health deteriorated quickly following the incident. Before recovering in any way from the fall, the woman caught pneumonia. In her weakened condition her body had little chance of fighting off the illness. She died shortly afterward
The family of the victim filed this Illinois nursing home lawsuit at the end of December last year. They are seeking to hold the negligent facility accountable for the careless behavior that led to the death.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys remain saddened but unsurprised by the revelations of unsafe conditions at an Illinois nursing home. We have collectively spent decades working with friends and family of nursing home residents who have suffered horrific abuse, negligent care, and unhealthy conditions at their facilities. We know that many facilities in Chicago and surrounding areas have failed to provide the adequate care that residents who live there deserve.
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