Additional Reasons For Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on this site, one of the most common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involve residents who fall.  These falls, of course, also occur in various other types of Illinois long-term health care facilities, including assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and hospices.

Nursing home residents fall for numerous reasons.  Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” page.  Given the frequency of these falls – as well as the likelihood of injury or other harm that can occur – it is highly beneficial to have awareness of the reasons for such falls.  As well, many long-term health care facilities are taking numerous preventative measures.

Two other reasons for nursing home falls – aside from those previously discussed – are:

  • Nurse staffing levels:  As discussed in the McKnight’s July 6, 2012 article titled “CNA staffing tied to fall risk” research featured in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicated a correlation between CNA staffing levels and the risk for falls among short-stay nursing home residents who are newly admitted.

Additional details regarding these reasons for nursing home falls can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Should someone you care for in a Illinois nursing home or other health care facility suffer a fall that leads to injury, there may be grounds for filing a lawsuit.  While, of course, not all falls will lead to injury compensation, in instances where a fall or dropped resident happens due to negligence a lawsuit may be warranted.

Each Illinois nursing home injury needs to be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  Please call the Illinois nursing home accident 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.

Additional Commentary Regarding Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page, one of the common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involves nursing home falls.  These types of accidents can, of course, occur in other types of long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), retirement homes, hospices and hospitals.

Of note, nursing home falls, according to various sources, are the top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities and long-term health care providers.  The McKnight’s article of October 27, 2014, titled “Falls are top reasons for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states” discusses this topic.

On November 2, 2014 the New York Times published an article titled “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation.”  This article features statistics regarding falls among the elderly, as well as how preventative measures are being implemented in nursing homes to prevent residents from falling.

A couple of excerpts from this article:

The dangers are real. The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, the most recent year for which fatality numbers are available — almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade. All told, in the decade from 2002-2012, more than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.

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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nearly 17 percent of nursing home residents in the United States, or 220,000 people, experience a fal​l.​ Of those, 70,000 are injured. Medicare currently will not pay to treat an injury resulting from a fall in a hospital, and many health policy experts believe the agency should institute the same policy for nursing homes.

Additional details and discussion are seen in the New York Times article mentioned above.

Furthermore, other statistics regarding nursing home falls can be seen on the “Nursing Home Falls Statistics” page.

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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.

Antipsychotic Drug Use In Nursing Homes

The use of antipsychotic medications in nursing home residents is an important topic, especially in cases where it is unnecessary and/or inappropriate.

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes (pdf) intiative began in 2012 to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications.

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest quarterly statistics regarding the use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents. (pdf)

As seen in the document:

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and a systematic process to evaluate each individual’s need.

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CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership isthe percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome. In 2011Q4 23.9% of long-stay nursing home residentswere receiving an antipsychotic medication; since then there has been a decrease of 18.8% to a national prevalence of 19.4% in 2014Q2. Success has varied by state and CMS region, with some states and regions having seen a reduction of greater than 20%.

The CMS report menitoned above, in addition to showing quarterly national trends, also provides the trends by state.  For Illinois nursing home residents antipsychotic drug use is seen at 23.7% in the second quarter of 2014, compared with 26.0% in the second quarter of 2012, the earliest statistic available in the report.

Additional details can be found in the CMS report 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.

Nursing Home Falls And Lawsuits

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 be caused by a number of factors. These nursing home falls are worrisome for a number of reasons.  One reason is that falls often lead to significant injuries, and in some cases, directly or indirectly (after a period) lead to death.  Various aspects of these falls are discussed in the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page.

Of note, nursing home falls, according to various sources, are the top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities and long-term health care providers.  The McKnight’s article of October 27, 2014, titled “Falls are top reasons for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states” further discusses this topic.

Should someone you care for in a Chicago nursing home, or any other Illinois nursing home or care facility, suffer a fall that leads to injury, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit.  While, of course, not all falls are caused by carelessness or negligence on the part of the long-term health care provider, in instances where a fall or dropped resident happens due to negligence a lawsuit may be warranted.

Each nursing home fall that leads to injury should be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  Please call the personal injury trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the incident 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 Filed Over Fatal Elopement Incident

There has been an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a woman that wandered from the Trinity Services group home in Lockport and was killed in an accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Will County Circuit Court, by the daughter of the woman who was killed.

The woman killed was Tina Marie Douglas.  She was killed after escaping from the Trinity home, at which point she was struck and killed by a car in the early morning hours of October 27, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Douglas had a history of elopement (commonly called wandering.)

An excerpt from the October 21, 2014 Joliet Patch article titled “Daughter of Disabled Woman Run Over & Killed After Escaping Group Home Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit“:

Douglas suffered from a “psychotic disorder, mild mental retardation, a seizure disorder secondary to a traumatic head injury, and memory deficits,” according to the lawsuit filed in Will County court.

In October 2013, Douglas, 48, lived in a Lockport group home run by Trinity Services, the suit said.

Trinity workers “knew of Tina Marie Douglas’ history of eloping or attempting to elope from her residential site, including elopements where she was placed in jeopardy of being severely injured or killed,” the suit said.

Also, according to the lawsuit, seven weeks before the fatal accident Douglas also escaped from the facility and was nearly hit by two automobiles.

This wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Trinity Services was negligent in supervision of Douglas.  An excerpt from the October 24, 2014 Southtown Star article titled “Woman sues Trinity Services over Mom’s Death“:

The suit alleges that Trinity Services failed to properly supervise Douglas and failed to transfer her to a more secure facility after the earlier escape from the Lockport group home.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and Southtown Star 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 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.

The Many Types Of Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect in Chicago nursing homes, as well as those elsewhere in Illinois, can take many forms.  While often this nursing home neglect has to do with the health care being directly administered to the nursing home resident, at other times neglect is seen in other areas, such as the maintenance of the nursing home facility.  Nursing home neglect is further discussed in the page titled “Nursing Home Neglect.”

A recent incident in a Bangor, Maine nursing home serves as an example of how maintenance of the nursing home property can lead to unsanitary and potentially threatening conditions for nursing home residents.

The incident is described in the October 9, 2014 Bangor Daily News article titled “Bangor nursing home faces sanctions after maggots found in resident’s bandaged wound.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A local nursing home and rehabilitation center is facing federal sanctions after maggots were discovered in a resident’s bandaged wound, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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The inspection found the facility had allowed flies into the building because it “failed to ensure the environment was free from hazards associated with windows with broken and missing screens,” according to the DHHS statement of deficiencies obtained by the Bangor Daily News through a Freedom of Access request.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Bangor Daily News article mentioned above, and also mentioned in the October 14, 2014 Liberty Voice article titled “Nursing Home Reforms Urgently Needed.”

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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.

Nursing Home Sex Crimes

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms.  One form of nursing home abuse are those acts involving sexual assault and sexual abuse.  These sex crimes happen at nursing homes (as well as similar health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospices, etc.), and due to the nature of the crimes are likely (largely) underreported.  These sex crimes are performed either by nursing home staff or by another nursing home resident.  The Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault page discusses various aspects of these sexual incidents, including signs that might indicate such abuse and assaults are happening.

A nursing home worker has recently pleaded guilty to various incidents of misconduct regarding his work in Missouri nursing homes.

Initial articles regarding the worker’s alleged fondling of nursing home residents, as well as other sex crimes, can be seen in the August 13, 2013 stltoday.com article titled “Nursing home worker charged with fondling female residents in Ellisville, Chesterfield” as well as the August 28, 2013 stltoday.com article titled “More charges, larger bail for for hospice worker accused of sex crimes in St. Louis County.”  An article regarding the former worker’s guilty plea to elder abuse can be seen in the October 13 stltoday.com article titled “With victims unable to testify, health-care aide avoids sex crime convictions in in St. Louis County” as well as the October 11, 2014 ksdk.com article titled “Nursing home aid pleads guilty to elder abuse.”

At Elman Law Group, we handle nursing home abuse cases including those involving sexual abuse and assault.  Should you suspect that someone you care for has been the victim of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault, call us today at 773-392-8182 and we can help you get justice regarding these crimes.

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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.

Changes To The Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System

Today (October 6, 2014) the federal government announced changes to the “five-star” rating system that is widely used to gauge the quality of care provided by nursing homes.  This ratings system has been criticized for many reasons, in part because many feel that the ratings system is unreliable due to self-reported data.  This ratings system and its criticisms, as well as ratings of Chicago area nursing homes, was discussed in the August 24, 2014 post titled “Chicago Nursing Homes And The Star Rating System.”

The changes to the five-star rating system is discussed in the October 6, 2014 New York Times article titled “Medicare Revises Nursing Home Rating System” as well as the WhiteHouse.gov press release of October 6, 2014 titled “FACT SHEET:  Administration Announces New Executive Actions to Improve Quality of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.”

A couple of excerpts from the New York Times article include:

The five-star rating system has become the gold standard for evaluating the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes since it was put in place five years ago, even though two of the major criteria used to rate the facilities — staffing levels and quality statistics — are reported by the nursing homes themselves and generally are not audited by the federal government.

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Nursing homes will have to begin reporting their staffing levels quarterly using an electronic system that can be verified with payroll data. And officials will initiate a nationwide auditing program aimed at checking whether the so-called quality measures rating — which is based on information collected about every patient — is accurate.

Beginning in January, nursing homes’ ratings will also be based partly on the percentage of its residents being given antipsychotic drugs.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this nursing home ratings issue can be seen in the New York Times and whitehouse.gov sources 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.

Background Regarding Nursing Home Lawsuits

For those interested in the history and various other information regarding nursing home abuse lawsuits against the nursing home industry, the Wall Street Journal article of today (October 3, 2014) titled “Suits Rattle Nursing Homes” discusses the subject.

As well, the October 7 seniorhousingnews.com article titled “WSJ:  Lawsuits Shake Nursing Home Industry” also provides a recap and discussion.

Nursing homes are supposed to provide adequate care and living conditions for their residents.  If an Illinois nursing home resident that you care for is not receiving an adequate quality of care, please call the trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see if a legal remedy may exist.  This initial consultation is provided free.

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect – as well as nursing home accidents – can and does happen in Chicago and Chicago-area nursing homes.

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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.

Incidents Of Numerous Falls In Nursing Homes

Illinois nursing home residents that fall is a serious health concern.  This issue, as well as the serious injuries that these falls have the potential for causing, is further discussed on this site in the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page.

A recent article about various alleged nursing home neglect in two Connecticut nursing homes highlights numerous instances of nursing home falls, including residents who fell repeatedly.  The alleged falls are featured in the September 25, 2014 Hartford Courant article titled “Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care, Verbal Abuse Of Residents.”  The article discusses a variety of issues, including the numerous falls by nursing home residents.

An excerpt from the article:

On July 8, Greenwich Woods Health Care Center was fined $1,650 in connection with residents who developed pressure sores and the resident with Parkinson’s disease who fell 15 times between Jan. 5 and May 18.

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Another resident deemed at risk for falls was found on the floor March 16. A nurse’s aide said he or she had looked away while the resident was using the toilet. The resident stood up and fell to the floor and received a cut that was sutured in a hospital emergency room, DPH’s citation said.

Additional details regarding this alleged nursing home neglect and nursing home falls can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Hartford Courant article mentioned above, as well as the September 25 c-hit.org article titled “Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care, Verbal Abuse Of Residents.”

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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.