Nursing Home Falls And The Diabetes Risk Factor

Falls among the elderly – and especially those at nursing homes and other similar facilities (such as assisted living facilities and retirement homes) – are often discussed on this site because of both the common nature of these types of accidents as well as the extensive nature of the injuries that occur because of these falls.

These nursing home falls can occur for any number of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.   Such falls and their injuries are a leading cause of nursing home lawsuits.  Falls can lead (either directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents.  In these incidents nursing home wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

Given the prevalence of falls, prevention as well as awareness of risk factors is valuable.  In the last post (that of May 26 titled “Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor“) falls and their increased incidence in those with depression was discussed.

Another risk factor for nursing home falls is associated with those who have diabetes.  The increased probability of falls among those who have diabetes is discussed in a variety of sources, including the following:

Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau:  “Increased Risk for Falls Among Those With Diabetes” (pdf)

McKnight’s September 27, 2005; “Study:  Diabetes quadruples residents’ risk of falling

This increased risk for falling among those with diabetes is particularly important as the number of people who have diabetes has increased with time.  This is discussed in various sources, including the q13fox.com article of April 6, 2016 titled “Diabetes cases have quadrupled in just over 3 decades.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor

Because of the frequency of falls among the elderly – and the typical serious nature of the injuries that often accompany these falls – falls that occur in nursing homes and other types of long-term care facilities (such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and SNFs) are often discussed on this site.

Further emphasizing the serious nature of the injuries that often accompany falls (which often occur after the nursing home resident trips or slips) is that nursing home falls are a leading cause of lawsuits against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly.  Falls have led (directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents, and when this occurs nursing home wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

Falls that occur in nursing homes are common.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year.  That’s twice the rate of falls among older adults living in the community.”

These falls can occur for many reasons.  One recent study indicates that depression and its treatments may significantly increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents.  This aspect and the underlying study are discussed in two recent McKnight’s articles, seen below:

Depression – And its Treatments – are fall risks” – May 24, 2016

Depression treatments may increase risk of falls in SNF residents, study shows” – May 17, 2014

One aspect of proper health care management is being aware of risk factors for falling and taking proper preventative measures.  Should a nursing home fail to do so may lead to a negligence claim should a resident fall and injure themselves.

As with any type of potential accident lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer should review the situation to see if an injury lawsuit should be filed.   If you or someone you care for has been injured in an Illinois nursing home accident, please call the lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Sepsis

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect of a resident at a Joliet nursing home.

The alleged negligence pertains to the development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressure sores) and then sepsis.

As further described on the sepsis page, it is possible for a person with pressure sores to be susceptible to sepsis, especially if the pressure sores are severe in nature.  Often such severe pressure sores are due to the fact that they have not been properly treated.  Untreated pressure sores is often a sign of potential nursing home neglect.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the Joliet Patch article of May 6, 2016, titled “Husband Claims Wife Died from Neglect at Joliet Nursing Home:  Lawsuit” as well as the May 6 Cook County Record article titled “Husband accuses Joliet long-term care facility of wrongful death.”

As seen in these sources, the lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against The Parc at Joliet LLC.

An excerpt from the Patch article mentioned above:

Page claims that between Jan. 30 and Aug. 19, 2014, his wife, Gloria Page, was receiving rehabilitation from the nursing home when she developed pressure sores and died May 8, 2015 from sepsis as a result of the nursing home’s neglect, according to the report.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that The Parc failed to provide quality adequate medical care, and failed to adequately monitor the condition of the resident, Gloria Page.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources including the Joliet Patch article and Cook County Record articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Double Homicide In Lyons Assisted Living Facility

Resident safety in nursing homes is a continual concern, given that there have been numerous actual and alleged violence against those in nursing homes and related long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  This violence has included physical assaults of nursing home residents – either by other residents or by nursing home staff – as well as sexual assaults of nursing home residents.

Over the weekend there was two homicides in an Illinois assisted living facility, the Riverwalk Senior Residences, located in Lyons.

According to Lyons Police, the fatal stabbings of two residents was over a dispute regarding property.  The two residents were found dead late Monday (April 25, 2016) morning.

An excerpt from the April 26, 2016 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Neighbor charged in double-murder at Lyons senior living facility“:

John Arnold, 67, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Lyons police say he lived at River Walk Senior Residences, as did both of the victims.

Police identified one of the victims as David Bosseler, 73. The name of the other victim, a 51-year-old female, will not be released until relatives can be contacted.

As to how these acts of violence occurred, the Chicago Tribune article (with video) of April 27, titled “Resident of Lyons senior home stabbed 2 to death in dispute over property:  police“:

Bosseler and the woman knew Arnold, and they were in a dispute over the weekend about missing property, Hanania said in an email Tuesday night. Early Sunday, Arnold waited outside Bosseler’s apartment until someone opened the door, then Arnold burst into the apartment and attacked the others with a large knife, Hanania said.

According to Lyons Police, both Bosseler and the woman died from multiple stab wounds.

Additional details regarding this Illinois senior living facility double homicide can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the ABC7Chicago and Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Joliet Nursing Home

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a nursing home in Joliet.  In the lawsuit, various facets of negligence are claimed, and this negligence is alleged to have caused the death of a nursing home resident, Geraldine Paraday.

The lawsuit is against Presence Villa Franciscan and Presence Life Connections, and was filed in the Circuit Court Of Cook County.  Among those health problems mentioned is the development of pressure ulcers, which is also referred to as pressure sores.

An excerpt from the April 22, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Nursing Home’s Negligence Caused Death of Resident:  Lawsuit“:

The complaint was filed April 15 against Presence Villa Franciscan and Presence Life Connections, according to the Cook County Record, and alleges that between Feb. 2, 2012 and Sept. 5, 2013, resident Geraldine Paraday “developed pressure sores to her lower extremity, severe dehydration and infection, which contributed to her death on Sept. 9, 2013.”

Sousan Soulian, the independent administrator of Paraday’s estate, said in the lawsuit that Presence Villa and Presence Life failed to “provide adequate assistance, supervision and hydration,” according to the report.

The lawsuit is also discussed in the Cook County Record article of April 21, 2016, titled “Joliet facility alleged to have provided negligent care.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Bill Would Ban Anonymous Complaints Against Nursing Homes

Anonymous complaints concerning Illinois nursing homes would no longer be accepted, or investigated, under a bill currently in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, H.B. 5601, which was introduced earlier this year, would amend the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to require identifying information about people filing neglect or abuse complaints.

Under the bill, the identifying information would be kept confidential by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  However, nursing home investigators would be able to contact people who filed complaints should they desire further information.

An excerpt from the Pekin Daily Times article of April 15, 2016 titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against Illinois nursing homes“:

But advocates for both nursing home residents and employees of nursing homes oppose the bill, which was approved last week by a House committee and could receive a full House vote anytime before being considered by the Senate.

Those advocates said some people fear retaliation against themselves or their loved ones by nursing homes and would make complaints to the state’s nursing home hotline (800-252-4343) only if they wouldn’t have to leave their name.

Wendy Meltzer, executive director of Chicago-based Illinois Citizens for Better Care, said the nursing home industry isn’t thinking of residents when it supports the bill.

“They want people not to file complaints,” she said, adding that bill supporters aren’t considering the vulnerability, health and varying personalities of nursing home employees, residents and residents’ family members.

According to the April 15 State Journal-Register article titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes,” approximately 20% of the 5,600 complaints about nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in 2015 were filed anonymously.

The bill is further discussed in the Pekin Daily Times and State Journal-Register articles mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of April 17 titled “State bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Overdoses Of Medications In Nursing Homes

When nursing home residents are admitted to a nursing home, there are legal requirements regarding the level of care they should receive.  As well, there is an issue of trust in that those residing in nursing homes will be receiving care that at least meets professional standards and accompanying expectations.

However, for a number of reasons, the quality of care may be negligent.  In addition to neglect, there is also the possibility of nursing home abuse.

There are numerous of areas in which neglect and abuse often occur.  One of these areas is in the administration of prescriptions and other medications.  This subject has been discussed in numerous posts on this site under the “medications” category.

As seen in these posts, the administration of medications in Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, have many long-standing problematical issues.  One of these issues is when the medications are administered in the improper dosages.  This can be particularly problematical for nursing home residents, as often such drugs given to nursing home residents are “strong” in nature, yet at the same time due to age and health conditions elderly people are easily injured, if not fatally so, by overdoses and other medication errors.

One example of a fatal overdose given to a nursing home resident is seen in the April 6 StarTribune article titled “Morphine error leads to patient’s death; northwest Minnesota nursing home faulted.” Excerpts from the article include:

A nursing home in northwestern Minnesota has been cited for neglect in the case of a resident with a severe cognitive disability who died after nurses gave him 10 times his prescribed dose of morphine.

also:

“The facility failed to have adequate policies in place to ensure medications were transcribed accurately and then administered correctly,” according to the report from the Minnesota Department of Health, which regulates nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other elder-care facilities.

Additional details regarding this fatal medication error can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the StarTribune article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Against Hinsdale Nursing Home Facility

There has been a  lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against a Hinsdale care facility, ManorCare in Hinsdale.  The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death of a nursing home resident.  The decedent was Walter Irmen.

An excerpt from the March 23, 2016 Hinsdale The Doings article titled “Lawsuit charges negligence at Hinsdale nursing home“:

On March 15, 2014, Walter Irmen allegedly pressed the call button for help using the bathroom, Powell said. The complaint alleges Irmen fell before anyone came to assist him and suffered a neck fracture.

Walter Irmen was taken to Hinsdale Hospital.  He died March 20, 2014.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and negligence.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and its claims can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Doings article mentioned above, as well as the Cook County Record article of March 19 titled “Manorcare of Hinsdale accused of negligence, wrongful death.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Medical Treatment In A Timely Manner

One source of lawsuits regarding the standard of care provided in Illinois nursing homes is whether appropriate levels of urgency are displayed with regard to a resident’s changing health status.  In other words, if a nursing home resident is injured or otherwise has a deterioration of their medical condition, is notification of appropriate parties performed on a timely basis?  An example of this is if a resident falls and is visibly injured.  Does the nursing home staff contact appropriate parties, such as a physician or paramedics, immediately or does the staff do so on a delayed basis?

Such delays can be deadly, depending upon the situation.  If such a delay leads to a death, and negligence on the part of the nursing home can be proven, there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  As with any situation leading to the harm or death of a person in a long-term care facility (nursing home, retirement home, assisted living facility, etc) in which there may have been negligence or abuse, one should speak with an Illinois nursing home lawyer.

The Cook County Record article of March 17, 2016, titled “Nursing home faces wrongful death allegation” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in which an adverse health condition was alleged to have not been addressed in a timely fashion.

An excerpt from the article:

The plaintiff filed a complaint on March 8 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging they violated the Illinois Wrongful Death Act by failing to properly assess and monitor Isla Delsol’s condition.

The plaintiff alleges that, on March 27, 2014, Isla Delsol exhibited abnormal breathing, but the condition was not addressed in a timely enough fashion and the nursing home resident died.

Additional details regarding this Cook County Circuit Court wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Cook County Lawsuit Filed Regarding Medication Administration

Medications and prescriptions that are used within Illinois nursing homes remain a controversial subject.   In a significant number of cases, medications are either incorrectly prescribed or administered.  These types of medication errors can lead to a variety of (serious) health impairments, including pain or other harm.

In the March 18, 2015 post titled “Deaths Of South Holland Assisted Living Residents Under Investigation,” details regarding the treatment of various residents is discussed.  Dorothy Byrd was one of the residents whose deaths were under investigation at that time.

A recent lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the death of Dorothy Byrd.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 26, 2016 WGNTV.com article (with video) titled “Family sues South Holland nursing home over fatal morphine overdose.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A South Holland nursing home is being sued by the family of an elderly woman whose death was ruled a homicide caused by improper medication.

also:

The medical examiner ruled Byrd died from toxic levels of the painkillers morphine and hydrocodone.  Morphine had not been prescribed for Byrd.

The nurse, whose license had expired, had the key to the drug cabinet.

Additional details regarding this Illinois assisted living lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.