Statistics Regarding The Reporting Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

The extent to which nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect is reported is an important subject, both for those instances of nursing home abuse and neglect that happen in Illinois as well as nationally.  As indicated elsewhere in this site, many studies and reports indicate that abuse and neglect of nursing home residents is likely underreported to a significant degree, as is the incidence of overall elder abuse.

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report titled “Nursing Facilities’ Compliance With Federal Regulations For Reporting Allegations Of Abuse Or Neglect.”  This report, dated August 2014, contains much notable information regarding the topics of abuse and neglect in nursing facilities, as well as reporting requirements.

A few notable excerpts include, in the order in which they are found in the report:

from page 1:

It is estimated that approximately 5 million, or 10 percent, of elderly adults are abused, neglected, or exploited annually.¹  Between now and 2050, the United States is projected to experience significant growth in its elderly population. In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double the population of 40.2 million in 2010.²  Nursing facilities are likely to experience increases in their resident population; therefore, it is important to ensure that residents are protected from abuse and neglect.

from page 3:

Nursing facilities must report all allegations of abuse or neglect immediately to the nursing facility administrator or designee, State survey and certification agency (State survey agency), and to other officials in accordance with State law.  An allegation of abuse or neglect is required to be reported immediately; an investigation is subsequently conducted to determine and substantiate the allegation. Not all allegations of abuse or neglect are substantiated. Nursing facilities are required to report the results of investigations of these allegations to the nursing facility administrator or designee, State survey agency, and to other officials in accordance with State law within 5 working days of the incident.

from page 14:

It is both required and expected that nursing facilities will report any and all allegations of abuse or neglect to ensure resident safety. Eighty-five percent of nursing facilities reported at least one allegation of abuse or neglect to OIG in 2012. Seventy-six percent of nursing facilities maintained policies that address Federal regulations for both reporting allegations of abuse or neglect and subsequent investigation results. Further, 61 percent of nursing facilities had documentation supporting the facilities’ compliance with both Federal regulations under Section 1150B of the SSA. Lastly, 53 percent of allegations of abuse or neglect and the subsequent investigation results were reported, as Federally required.

Additionally, the report has Table 1 (page 2) that contains definitions of both abuse and neglect, as well as a definition of Injuries of Unknown Source and Misappropriation of Resident Property.

As well,  Table 3 (page 8) provides statistics regarding allegations of reported abuse and neglect, and Table 4 (page 8) indicates the nature of the allegations, e.g. employee to resident, resident to resident, etc.  Notably, 24.2 percent of the allegations were “resident to resident,” compared to 40.3 percent as “employee to resident.”

Additional details can be found in the Department of Health and Human Services report mentioned above, as well as the August 25, 2014 Houston Chronicle article titled “Survey:  U.S. Nursing homes don’t report many abuse allegations.”

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Nursing Home Lawsuit Regarding Death Of Nursing Home Resident

There has been a nursing home lawsuit filed over the alleged formation of bedsores in a nursing home resident, who later died from health complications due to the development of the bedsores.

The lawsuit filed is against an Ohio nursing home, Shawnee Manor Nursing Home, over the death of a resident, Donald Ballard.

The patient’s condition, including the formation of bedsores and the lawsuit, is discussed in the August 15, 2014 limaohio.com article titled “Family of deceased man sues nursing home.”

A couple of excerpts from the article:

The staff at Shawnee Manor failed to identify the risk of pressure sores and did not properly care for Ballard leading to pressure ulcers on both heels, ankles and feet, which became infected, Courtney said in the lawsuit.

also:

The lawsuit said staff members at the nursing home were negligent in his treatment. The lawsuit said he suffered, and the family incurred medical and funeral expenses.

The article also discusses the progression of health problems that Ballard allegedly suffered due to the complications from the bedsores.  According to the lawsuit, these “numerous” infections included a urinary tract infection, pulmonary aspiration, and sepsis.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this lawsuit involving bedsores can be seen in the limaohio.com article mentioned above.

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Bed sores (also commonly called bedsores, pressure ulcers and pressure sores) are further discussed in the Elman Law Group’s chicagobedsoreslaw.com site.

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Overprescriptions Of Medications To Illinois Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home medications and their appropriateness (both in the medications administered as well as the dosages received) is a topic that has received a considerable amount of attention.  Many people believe that antipsychotic drugs are among the drugs that are overprescribed.

A recent news item concerning a Chicago psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Reinstein, and his prescriptions to Illinois nursing home residents is noteworthy in this regard.

According to news reports, the Illinois’ Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has indefinitely suspended Reinstein’s license.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of August 11, 2014, titled “Illinois suspends license of controversial psychiatrist“:

For years, Dr. Michael Reinstein was a prolific prescriber of a dangerous antipsychotic drug in nursing homes and mental health facilities, giving it to more than 50 percent of the patients under his care.

The psychiatrist’s prescriptions of clozapine, known as a risky drug of last resort, were linked to three patients’ deaths and triggered federal accusations of kickbacks and fraud.

Additional details concerning this alleged Illinois nursing home overprescription issue can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the Propublica.org article of August 11 titled “Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs” as well as the August 12 McKnight’s article titled “Doctor accused of vastly overprescribing antipsychotic to nursing home residents loses license.”

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Alleged Sexual Assault In Illinois Nursing Home

As seen in a variety of reports and media sources, sexual assault and sexual abuse can and does happen at Illinois nursing homes.

There have been two recent articles concerning instances of alleged sexual assaults at nursing homes.  The first is seen in the July 30 lancasteronline.com article titled “Man gets 8-20 years for sexually assaulting Alzheimer’s patient in nursing home.”  In this case, the underlying sexual assault happened in 2013, and involved one nursing home resident sexually assaulting another resident.

Another alleged nursing home sexual assault happened in 2011, in a nursing home (Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center)  in Crystal Lake, Illinois.   The underlying alleged sexual assault was summarized in the October 26, 2011 ChicagoSexualAbuseLawyerBlog.com (published by Elman Law Group) post titled “93-Year-Old Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Crystal Lake, Illinois Nursing Home.”  The trial regarding this incident was recently featured in the July 31, 2014 TribLocal Crystal Lake article titled “Mistrial for man accused of nursing home sexual assault.”

As seen in the article and blog post mentioned above, the alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Illinois nursing home was committed by a certified nursing assistant against a nursing home resident.

Additional details regarding these two alleged nursing home sexual assaults can be seen in the articles and posts 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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Possible Sexual Assault At Nursing Home

Sexual assault and sexual abuse happens at nursing homes (as well as similar health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospices, etc.)  The Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault page discusses various aspects of these sex crimes, including signs that might indicate such incidents are happening.

A nursing home resident may be a victim of such sex crimes performed by either nursing home staff or another nursing home resident.

A recent situation at a Florida nursing home has raised concerns of a possible sexual assault.  Concerns arose after the nursing home resident – a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s and dementia – complained to her daughter that she was pregnant and experiencing pain in her pelvic region.  Upon being taken to a medical facility, she was found to have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), which is one sign that can indicate a sexual assault has occurred.  An investigation began.

This situation is discussed in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article of July 18, 2014 titled “Daytona police, attorneys butt heads in investigation of possible sex crimes at healthcare facility” as well as the July 25 McKnight’s article titled “Rape investigation blocked by nursing home’s HIPAA concerns, authorities say.”

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

$14 Million Jury Verdict In Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit

There has been a $14 million jury verdict in a Massachusetts nursing home neglect lawsuit.

The verdict and alleged nursing home abuse in the case of Genevieve Calandro, a 90-year-old woman who died in August 2008, is discussed in the July 24, 2014 Boston Globe article titled “Jury awards $14 million in 2008 death.”

An excerpt from the article:

By the time Genevieve Calandro was rushed to the hospital after falling out of her wheelchair at a Danvers nursing home, doctors found a festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract infection so severe it had invaded her blood stream, kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, and severe dehydration.

Despite treatment, the infections prevailed, and the 90-year-old woman died a month later, in August 2008.

The $14 million verdict was comprised of $12.5 million for punitive damages and a $1.4 million compensatory award.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Boston Globe article mentioned above, as well as the July 25 McKnight’s article titled “Jury hands down $14 million negligent care verdict to ‘send message’ to nursing homes” and the July 24 pressherald.com article titled “Jury awards $14 million in Massachusetts nursing home verdict.”

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Rehabilitation Center Claims Neglect

There has been a recent Illinois lawsuit filed regarding alleged neglect at a rehabilitation center.  The allegations made are illustrative of various issues that be present in Illinois nursing home abuse and Illinois wrongful death lawsuits.

The lawsuit was filed on June 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Belleville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Inc.  The lawsuit was filed by the daughter (Becky Evans) of the deceased man, Daniel Lugge.

The lawsuit is summarized in the Madison-St. Clair Record article of July 8, 2014 titled “Belleville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Sued.”

An excerpt from the article:

Because of his treatment at the rehabilitation facility, Lugge experienced severe pain and suffering before his death and endured disability, according to the complaint. He also lost his normal life, suffered disfigurement, endured mental anguish and emotional distress and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Madison-St. Clair Record 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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Neglect In Burns And Death Of Nursing Home Resident

As discussed on the Chicago Nursing Home Burns page, there are a variety of ways in which nursing home residents can suffer burns.  Many of these burns can be serious and lead to further health complications such as infections.

A recent example of burns suffered by a nursing home resident – which then led to further health complications and death – can be seen in an incident in a Nevada nursing home in which a nursing home resident received severe burns after being in the sun.  A recent wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in this death of the Nevada nursing home resident, Dr. Robert Robinson.

The burns and lawsuit are described in a variety of media sources, including the July 10, 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal article titled “Veterans nursing home sued in former lawmaker’s death” as well as the July 11 jrn.com article (with video) titled “Family files lawsuit against Nevada State Veterans Home.”

The Las-Vegas Review-Journal article summarizes the claims made in the lawsuit.  An excerpt:

The lawsuit alleges malpractice and gross negligence. It also claims that the acts that ultimately led to Robinson’s death are a violation of nursing standards of care and several federal regulations governing nursing home, among other violations.

The 89-year-old man suffered second-degree burns on his legs and other parts of his body while sitting in his wheelchair wearing only shorts during the height of summer. The cause of death on Robinson’s death certificate included “sepsis, cellulitis, cutaneous burns and prolonged environmental heath exposure.”

The jrn.com article and video also discusses the alleged nursing home neglect and lawsuit.  Also mentioned in this article is alleged over-medicating of nursing home patients.  An excerpt:

As for that hot July day on the patio, the lawsuit claims Bob was, “Left unattended and found outside in temperatures greater than 100 degrees while restrained in Broda-chair.” A plexi-glass cover, “Acted as a magnifying glass, causing severe burns to his person,” which became infected, “Resulting in his untimely death.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal article and jrn.com article 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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Lawsuit Filed After Nursing Home Fall

As previously discussed in this site, one of the foremost dangers facing residents of nursing homes – as well as similar long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities and retirement homes – is that of if a nursing home resident falls.

While these falls can be caused by a variety of factors, due to a number of reasons the injury that can result from these falls can be severe in nature.

Depending upon the nature and causes of these falls and the injury that results, there may be grounds for filing of a lawsuit.

An example of this is seen in a lawsuit filed against a Florida nursing home.  This lawsuit has been filed in an incident involving a nursing home fall suffered by a resident.  This lawsuit is discussed in the July 10, 2014 theledger.com article titled “Lawsuit Filed Against Lakeland Nursing Home in Death of Patient After Fall.”  In this case, the woman who fell, Gloria Miller, died on December 11, 2012 after falling and breaking her hip at the nursing home in early November 2012.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including theledger.com article 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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.

Unexplained Bruising As A Sign Of Possible Nursing Home Abuse

As mentioned throughout this site, there are many signs of potential nursing home abuse.

One of these signs is if unexplained bruising occurs.   Other unexplained injuries are also potential signs.

A recent action by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services against a North Carolina assisted living facility highlights alleged nursing home abuse, including a resident who had an unexplained large bruise.  The resident later died.

This nursing home abuse is discussed in The Associated Press article seen in the July 2, 2014 GreenfieldReporter.com article titled “Wilmington-area nursing home cited for failure to protect residents” and more fully at the July 1 starnewsonline.com article titled “N.C. agency issues Champions Assisted Living most severe violation possible.”

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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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.