Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Highland Park Nursing Home Resident’s Death

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can lead to the filing of a successful lawsuit.  Many of these types of neglect and abuse have been discussed on this site, and both lawsuits filed in Illinois as well as in other states have been summarized.  As well, nursing home accidents often occur, and these accidents often are rooted in some type of negligence or carelessness.

While the the range of potential claims for nursing home (as well as other types of long-term health facilities, such as assisted living facilities) lawsuits is broad, there are various types of events and injuries that are common reasons for the filing of personal injury or (in the case of fatal accidents or injuries) wrongful death lawsuits.

Errors committed by nursing home staff is one source of negligence.  As mentioned previously on this site, errors in the administration of medication have occurred.  However, there are many other types of errors that can occur, and some have led to the death of the nursing home resident.

A recent nursing home wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding an alleged error made by nursing home staff at Warren Barr North Shore, a Highland Park, Illinois nursing home.

The lawsuit is discussed in various media sources, including the April 6, 2017 Highland Park News article titled “Lawsuit alleges Highland Park nursing home ignored resuscitation wishes” as well as the McKnight’s April 6 article titled “SNF staff misread chart, failed to resuscitate resident, family’s lawsuit claims.”

An excerpt from the Highland Park News article:

A family has filed suit against a Highland Park nursing home alleging the facility “failed to resuscitate” a 52-year-old woman in accordance with her wishes.

also:

The suit says Cencula’s instructions were to “render full treatment including all resuscitation efforts medically available to her in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest.”

While initially it was believed that Cencula’s instructions were not to be resuscitated, subsequently it was determined that the instructions had been misread, and paramedics were called to immediately respond.

Kimberly Cencula was pronounced dead by the Highland Park Fire Department at 5:05 a.m.

Additional details can be seen in the sources indicated 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Chicago Nursing Home Resident’s Death

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect in the death of a resident at a Chicago nursing home in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

The resident (Christine Young, 89) died after choking on a piece of hard candy on March 25, 2015.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources, including the April 3, 2017 Daily Southtown article titled “Blind octogenarian dies after choking on candy at South Side nursing home:  lawsuit” as well as the McKnight’s article of April 5 titled “Facility sued after resident dies from choking on candy.”

An excerpt from the Daily Southtown article:

The suit, which names the facility’s two nursing home administrators, director of nursing and assistant director of nursing, alleges a violation of the Nursing Home Care Act and common law negligence.

Symphony of Morgan Park, which was then known as Renaissance Park South, “failed to supervise [Young] while she was eating to observe, identify and prevent choking incidents,” “failed to oversee the comprehensive assessment of [Young’s] needs” and “failed to develop an up-to-date resident care plan” for her, the suit claims.

Additional details regarding this wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Chicago nursing home can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 Sexual Assaults Committed By Residents

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that happens to residents of nursing homes is an ongoing significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by other nursing home residents, as well as by nursing home staff.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed both on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page – which also discusses various possible “signs” of such acts – as well as in individual posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Another alleged instance of sexual molestation of a nursing home resident has been reported in New York.  A nursing home resident in New York, Thomas Moore, has been charged with regard to sexually abusing another resident at a nursing home.

An excerpt from The Buffalo News article of March 21, 2017, titled “Assault at nursing home raises questions about why sex offender was living there“:

Authorities accused Moore of entering the room of another Waterfront resident at about midnight on Jan. 3, pulling off her blanket and molesting her. Police arrested Moore nine days later, charging him with sexual abuse of a person incapable of giving consent and with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.

The police report filed after Moore’s arrest said the woman had told Moore to leave her room “multiple times” before he came in at midnight, pulled down her blankets and molested her.

The March 21 wgrz.com article (with video) titled “Man charged with sexual abuse in nursing home” also discusses this incident.

Additional details concerning nursing home sexual assault can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Lawsuit Concerning Various Injuries From Nursing Home Slip And Fall Accident

Falls that happen in nursing homes and similar health care facilities remain a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious and possibly life-threatening injuries.  Residents of nursing homes can be particularly susceptible to injury due to many factors, including age.

The type of injuries due to these falls is broad, and can include traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as well as various fractures.  On this site, reasons for falls are discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as many posts in the “nursing home falls” category.  Additional commentary concerning falls can be seen in the following pages:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

Due to the number of residents who fall in nursing homes, as well as the accompanying accident injuries which are often serious in nature, nursing home falls often lead to lawsuits against the nursing home or other long-term health care facility.

An example of a lawsuit against a nursing home for alleged injuries suffered during a “slip and fall” accident at a Pennsylvania nursing home is described in the March 9, 2017 PennRecord article titled “Lawsuit:  Wallingford nursing home negligent in causing plaintiff’s injuries.”  An excerpt regarding the alleged injuries stemming from the plaintiff’s fall, which is claimed to have happened due to a “slippery accumulation of water on the floor”:

The plaintiff says she suffered multiple injuries due to the accident, including a right fibular fracture, cervical spine injuries, right shoulder injuries, soft tissue edema, significant pain and suffering, anguish, scarring and/or disfigurement.

Additional details regarding nursing home falls, accident injuries, and related lawsuits can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Report Concerning Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that occurs to residents of nursing homes continues to be a significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by nursing home staff as well as by other nursing home residents.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page;  this page also discusses various possible signs of such acts.

Various other issues are discussed in posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Recently, CNN has published an investigative report titled “Sick, dying, and raped in America’s nursing homes.”

Notable excerpts include:

Some of the victims can’t speak. They rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for.

Instead, they are sexually assaulted.

The unthinkable is happening at facilities throughout the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them.

It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But through an exclusive analysis of state and federal data and interviews with experts, regulators and the families of victims, CNN has found that this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine.

Even more disturbing: In many cases, nursing homes and the government officials who oversee them are doing little — or nothing — to stop it.

Sometimes pure — and even willful — negligence is at work. In other instances, nursing home employees and administrators are hamstrung in their efforts to protect victims who can’t remember exactly what happened to them or even identify their perpetrators.

The report cites various statistics – including those for Illinois nursing homes – regarding sexual abuse and assaults.

Also, the report discusses the challenges in identifying and investigating possible instances of crimes.  Another excerpt:

Many nursing home employees promptly report abusers to authorities as required by federal law and assist in the investigations. But in numerous examples of abuse uncovered by CNN, the facilities themselves have made it possible for violent rapes and sexual assaults to go unchecked.

In these facilities, allegations are routinely questioned or dismissed because victims have cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Workers often lack the specific training needed to spot sexual abuse — keeping reports of abuse from ever reaching authorities. And the reputation and safety of the facility may take priority: There’s often a fear that bringing investigators into a cash-strapped facility may expose other issues, threaten a nursing home with closure or open the door to costly lawsuits.

Most sinister of all are administrators and employees who actively impede investigations.

Additional details concerning the issue of sexual abuse and sexual assaults of nursing home residents can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Pressure Ulcers Cited In Illinois Lawsuits

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, pressure injuries, bedsores, and bed sores) can – especially if not treated promptly and properly – lead to a variety of adverse health consequences that can directly or indirectly lead to the death of those who have them.  One of the health complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the sepsis page.

Many Illinois lawsuits have been filed over the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients, as well as those that have developed in residents of other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  Many of these lawsuits claim negligence in care, either for allowing such pressure sores to develop and/or in not taking appropriate action once pressure sores have developed.  Various lawsuits are wrongful death lawsuits, claiming that the development and worsening of pressure ulcers have led to the death of the patient.

One such lawsuit is seen in the Madison Record article of January 2, 2017, titled “Woman alleges decedent developed pressure ulcers in nursing home.”  An excerpt, referring to the decedent Betty Elaine Hamilton:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the time that Hamilton was a resident at the defendant’s facility, she suffered from pressure ulcers and infections.

McGovern alleges the defendant failed to provide necessary care and services and failed to develop and implement a comprehensive care plan.

The article also references alleged violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Additional details can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Video Evidence Of Illinois Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

There are many signs that can indicate possible nursing home abuse and neglect.  Signs of nursing home abuse are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” page.

One way that such abuse and neglect can be monitored is through the use of video surveillance.  Such videotaping is legal in Illinois, albeit with various stipulations.  The law is summarized in the August 23, 2015 post titled “Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes.”

The NBC Chicago article (with video) of January 17, 2017, titled “Law Meant to Protect Elderly Could Keep Video Out of Court in Abuse Case” discusses alleged nursing home abuse and neglect that happened to a nursing home resident that was filmed, and whether such evidence is valid given the existing law and its legal interpretations.  The alleged abuse and neglect of a nursing home resident occurred at Pleasant View Luther Nursing Home in Ottowa.

The alleged abuse happened to nursing home resident Francesco Chiurato, 88.  An excerpt quoting his son, John Chiurato:

Chiurato set up a surveillance camera in his father’s room to see for himself and said what he discovered was “constant neglect or physical battery.”

Video in the article shows several instances of interactions between Francesco Chiurato and a nurse.

Additional details can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fall At Wilmette Assisted Living Facility

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

These nursing home falls can occur for a wide range of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.  The loss of balance can be caused by many factors, including those related to aging, medication usage, diseases and ailments, and other reasons.  It is for these reasons that many nursing home residents need to be carefully assessed, monitored and, in many cases, aided when they walking.

Such falls and their injuries remain 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.

A recent lawsuit filed against an assisted living facility in Wilmette claims negligence with regard to a resident who fell.  The lawsuit is discussed in both the December 19, 2016 Wilmette Patch article titled “Senior Living Facility Blamed for Disabled Man’s Fall” as well as the December 15 Cook County Record article titled “Sunrise of Wilmette Senior Living, others accused of not monitoring man properly.”

An excerpt from the Patch article:

The suit claims George fell while in the care of the facility due to the effects of dehydration. Windsor says Sunrise of Wilmette did not provide proper care in alleging negligence.

Additional details concerning this lawsuit can be found in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault Occurred At Illinois Nursing Home

Sexual abuse and sexual assault does occur at nursing homes, and it can be committed either by other residents or by staff members.  On this site, sexual abuse and assault – primarily that has either occurred or alleged to have occurred in Illinois nursing homes – are seen in posts in the “nursing home sexual abuse and assaults” category.  Additionally, the topic is also discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault” page.

On that page, numerous “signs” of nursing home sexual abuse and assault are discussed.  While such incidents can be difficult to detect – especially if it is occurring to nursing home patients who can’t communicate that they are being victimized – there can be ways to determine if sex crimes are being committed.

One of the ways, as discussed on the page mentioned above, is if the nursing home resident has contracted a sexually transmitted disease, or whether various other signs of sexual assault are present.

A recent lawsuit that alleges sexual assault occurred at a Richton Park nursing home is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of December 9, 2016 titled “Suit claims woman, 63, was raped at Richton Park nursing home.”  An excerpt from the article:

The suit claims the woman “developed a sexually transmitted disease as a result of being raped” while admitted, but does not specify when the alleged attack happened or who carried it out.

Additional details concerning this Illinois nursing home lawsuit can be seen in the article.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Falls Caused By Medication Usage

Falls that happen in nursing homes and similar health care facilities remain a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  These serious injuries include broken hips, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and various fractures.  On this site, falls are discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as many posts seen in the “nursing home falls” category.  Additional commentary concerning falls can be seen in the following pages:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

As further discussed on the aforementioned “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page, there are many reasons why nursing home residents fall.

One factor that can lead to falls – through impaired balance and other factors – is the usage of some prescriptions.

The McKnight’s article of December 1, 2016, titled “Antipsychotics linked to increased fall risks for SNF residents, study confirms” discusses research findings concerning antipsychotic drug prescriptions and the link to resident falls.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of sources, including the McKnight’s article mentioned above.

Further reference information concerning mental health medications (including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) and their side effects can be seen in the NIH (National Institutes of Health) document titled “Mental Health Medications.”

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.