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.

Report Providing Statistics On Age 65 And Over Population

Recently, the Census Bureau released the report titled “65+ in the United States: 2010” report, dated June 2014.  This report contains a variety of information concerning demographic trends and related issues for the age 65+ population, including statistics concerning long-term care, nursing home populations, and population trends in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. The report also reports the geographic distribution of the 65-and-older population.

Some notable details are found below:

With regard to “Long Term Care,” as seen on page 49:

  • By 2010, nearly 96% of nursing home or institutionalized residents had a disability, compared to about 37% of non-institutionalized seniors.
  • Figure 2-18 (page 49) shows functional limitations of the 65+ population.  These functional limitations include difficulty walking; difficulty climbing stairs; difficulty doing errands alone; difficulty dressing and bathing; difficulty seeing; difficulty hearing; and difficulty remembering, concentrating and making decisions. 

With regard to “Population Aged 65 And Over” by state, as seen in Table 4-1 on page 104, Illinois had the 7th largest population among states with regard to population aged 65 and over.

Also, the “Population Aged 65 And Over” is also presented by county.  As seen in Table 4.5 on page 117, Cook County is ranked as 2nd highest in the number of 65 and over people as of the year 2010.

Additional details can be seen in the “65+ in the United States: 2010” report, as well as the July 1, 2014 McKnight’s article titled “U.S. nursing home population decreased 20%, Census Bureau reports.” 

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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.

Criminal Background Screening Of Nursing Home Personnel

Nursing home personnel, their backgrounds, and their training is a critical issue with regard to the quality of care that nursing home residents receive.

Last year, the results of a paper concerning criminal background screening of nursing home employees was released.

This report was published in the Journal of Elder Abuse And Neglect and is titled “Evaluation of a Seven State Criminal History Screening Pilot Program for Long-Term Care Workers.”

In this paper, the findings of 247,198 background checks was discussed.

The report is also summarized in the June 13, 2014 lifehealthpro.com article titled “How many nursing home job applicants fail background checks?

An excerpt from the article:

Radcliff’s team looked at results from a seven-state criminal history screening pilot program that started a total of 247,198 background checks.

The screenings cleared 158,207 applicants immediately.

The program disqualified 7,463 of the applicants — 3.7 percent of the total.

About 19 percent of the withdrew from the screening program voluntarily. The researchers speculate that some withdrew because they knew they would flunk the background screening.

Additional details concerning this papers findings can be seen in the two 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 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.

Report Providing State Rankings Of Long-Term Care Indicators

Today (June 19, 2014) a press release for the report titled “Raising Expecations:  A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities and Family Caregivers” was released.  This report is from AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation.

This report evaluates 26 indicators in five dimensions with regard to long-term care services among home care services, family caregiver settings, and nursing homes, and provides this detail for each state.

This report updates the “2011 LTSS Scorecard.”

Additional explanation and information can be found in the press release mentioned above.

The full report is found at “Raising Expectations” (pdf)

With regard to the rating for Illinois, as seen in Exhibit 1 (page 9) Illinois ranks 15th among the states across all five dimensions.

Exhibit 2 (page 11) shows all 26 indicators, as well as statistical information including median values as well as “top” and “bottom” values.

With regard to nursing homes, among the information provided is Exhibit A12 on page 79, in which three aspects are shown for each state.  These aspects are “Percent of High-Risk Nursing Home Residents with Pressure Sores,” “Nursing Home Staff Turnover…,” and “Percent of Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents Who are Receiving an Anti-Psychotic Medication.”

The national value for each of these aspects is 6.2%, 39.5%, and 21.3%, respectively, as of the year indicated.

The Illinois value for each of these aspects is 7.0% (43rd in the nation), 38% (25th in the nation) and 25.1% (48th in the nation).

Of particular note is the statistics regarding “Pressure Sores,” alternately referred to as “Pressure Ulcers”  which, for those unaware, the report defines in the glossary on page 113.

Additional details can be found in the full report mentioned above.

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For those interested in more discussion regarding bed sores (also referred to as bedsores, pressure sores, pressures ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) Elman Law Group has a site dedicated to the bed sores topic, found at ChicagoBedSoresLaw.com

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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 Accident Involving Mechanical Lift

As discussed in the “Nursing Home Accidents” page, one type of common nursing home accident is that of falls by nursing home patients.

These falls can happen for a variety of reasons.  One reason has to do with accidents involving mechanical lifts utilized by nursing homes in order to lift and/or move nursing home residents.

Unfortunately, accidents involving these lifts do happen, especially if the lifts are not properly maintained.  A recent nursing home fall in Minnesota illustrates a nursing home accident involving one of these lifts.

This accident is discussed in the June 12, 2014 startribune.com article titled “Rochester nursing home at fault in resident’s fatal fall from lift.”

An excerpt:

A Rochester nursing home was found responsible for neglect after it failed to properly maintain mechanical lifts, causing a resident to fall from a harness and die in March, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigative report released ­Thursday.

The 80-bed nursing home, Maple Manor Health Care & Rehabilitation, failed to implement safety precautions after experiencing ongoing problems with safety catches popping off a mechanical lift for moving patients called an EZ Lift. The facility had no records of any inspections or maintenance performed on the lifts, according to the Department of Health report.

According to the article, the nursing home resident suffered injuries, including fractures of the spine, and the patient died five days later at a hospital.

Although the above accident happened in a Minnesota nursing home, accidents involving mechanical lifts at nursing homes can and do happen in Illinois and Chicago nursing homes as well as nationally.

As the article also points out, “The misuse of mechanical lifts has been the cause of numerous deaths and injuries at senior homes across the nation.”  Many of the nursing home accidents involving these lifts include poor maintenance of the lifts as well as poor training in the use of the lifts.

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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 Falsification Of Nursing Home Records

There is alleged nursing home abuse involving a New York nursing home.  In this alleged nursing home abuse, 17 nursing home workers face charges.

The alleged nursing home abuse is discussed in the June 12, 2014 wkbw.com article titled “HighPointe Nursing Home Worker, Facing Charges, Speaks Out” as well as the earlier April 24, 2014 wgrz.com article titled “17 Former Nursing Home Workers Charged.”

One aspect of these alleged charges, which is sometimes alleged in nursing home lawsuits, is that nursing home records were falsified regarding the care of the nursing home resident.

An excerpt from the wgrz.com article:

The CWA Union Local 1168 says six of those arrested are union members, and they were charged with allegedly falsifying documents and have been fired. “The falsification was related to patient care that was documented as being provided and allegedly was not,” according to a statement from the union.

While this alleged nursing home abuse happened in New York, the issue of alleged falsified nursing home records occurs in Illinois nursing home lawsuits as well as those nationally.  Of course, one factor that might motivate nursing homes to falsify records is to conceal nursing home abuse, neglect, or nursing home accidents that may have occurred during the care of a nursing home resident.

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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.

New Initiative Regarding Drug Prescriptions In Illinois Nursing Homes

Medications and prescriptions within Illinois nursing homes, as well as nationally, is an area of concern for many different reasons, including proper dosages, proper drug administration, and appropriate medications for nursing home patients.

On June 12, 2014, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Long Term Care (LTC) initiative.  A couple of excerpts from the news release, as seen in enewspf.com, titled “June is Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Month” :

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Long Term Care (LTC) initiative, an unprecedented opportunity to change the drug prescribing culture in nursing homes. Based upon concerns regarding substantial use of behavioral health medications within the nursing home population, IDHS and IDPH entered into an interagency agreement to reduce the use of chemical restraints and improve the quality of care.

also:

“The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program can help ensure the health and safety of long-term care residents by identifying medication errors and overuse or improper use of medications,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “IDPH is vigilant about the safety of all residents and this program is another tool in our toolbox to protect our loved ones.”

Additional details can be seen in the news release highlighted 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.