Illinois Nursing Home Nurse Charged With Neglect In Fatal Incident

There was an incident in a Collinsville, Illinois nursing home in which a nursing home employee was charged with neglect.

The incident happened on June 30, 2017 at the Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  The incident involved a nursing home nurse allegedly failing to provide CPR to a nursing home resident that had suffered a heart attack.  The resident, identified as Eunice Vancil, died following the incident.

An excerpt regarding the incident and charges from the April 3, 2018 bnd.com article titled “Police:  Collinsville IL nursing home nurse didn’t perform CPR“:

A nursing home employee accused of not performing CPR on a resident allegedly saw that the resident had blue lips and was not breathing, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report.

That employee, 41-year-old Christy McCall of Belleville, was charged March 28 with neglect in the death of the 81-year-old resident on June 30, 2017 at the Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Another excerpt, from the April 8 Alton Daily News article titled “Former Nursing Home Employee Faces Charges“:

An Illinois Department of Public Health Report says the resident was found with no pulse and purple lips and was unresponsive. McCall is alleged to have not entered the room of the patient despite being aware of the patient’s condition. Bail is set at $25,000.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident of alleged Illinois nursing home neglect can be found in a variety of media sources, including 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.

Opioids Allegedly Stolen From Nursing Home Residents

Medications and prescriptions that are given to residents in Illinois nursing homes (as well as other health care facilities such as assisted living facilities) can be problematical for many reasons.  Medications can be improperly prescribed, improperly administered, or stolen for a variety of reasons.  If this occurs, the adverse health consequences can be significant if not substantial.  On this site, posts that discuss issues with regard to medications are seen under the “medications” category.

A recurring issue with regard to the administration of drugs to nursing home residents is whether prescribed drugs are actually given to the intended person.

Unfortunately, there have been many instances in Illinois as well as nationally in which nursing home staff have stolen drugs that were intended for nursing home residents.  This theft, which is often referred to as “drug diversion,” can happen for a number of reasons.

Two reasons for this “drug diversion” is that the nursing home staff member wants to use the drugs for their own use (which is more likely if they are addicted to the drug) or the staff member wants to sell the drugs.  Certain types of medicines can be very valuable to sell.

If the nursing home resident’s drugs are stolen – and therefore not administered – it can create a situation where there can be a range of adverse impacts, ranging from unnecessary pain or potentially dangerous adverse health consequences.

There has been an alleged incident in which a nurse stole opioid patches from nursing homes in Bloomington and Normal in late February.

The theft is discussed in The Pantagraph article of March 2, 2018 titled “B-N nurse accused of taking opioid patches from residents.”  An excerpt:

A Bloomington man is accused of removing opioid patches from the bodies of residents at two local nursing homes, including one where he worked as a registered nurse.

Additional details regarding these drug diversion issues 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.

Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault Of Champaign, Illinois Nursing Home Patient

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that happens to residents of nursing homes as well as other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities, is an ongoing significant concern.  Residents of such facilities are often vulnerable to abuse for many reasons.

As seen in statistics and news stories, as well as numerous allegations made in nursing home lawsuits, there are many crimes of a sexual committed against nursing home residents.  These sex crimes are often committed by nursing home staff members or other residents.

Nursing home sexual abuse and sexual assaults are discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page.   This page discusses various issues, including various possible “signs” of such abuse and assault. Individual posts that discuss these issues are found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

A sexual assault that occurred in an Illinois nursing home (in Champaign) is discussed in numerous media sources, including the December 6, 2017 News-Gazette article titled “Champaign man found guilty of molesting 90-year-old at nursing home” as well as the January 18, 2018 wandtv.com article titled “Man sentenced for molesting 90-year-old nursing home resident.”

An excerpt from the wandtv.com article, discussing the incident:

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a 90-year-old care facility resident with dementia.

Dontrell Netter of Champaign was sentenced to 30 years after being convicted of molesting the woman at a Champaign memory care facility more than two years ago.

A jury convicted him in early December of aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, and conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Additional details concerning nursing home sexual assault and the specific Champaign 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 Filed Over Elopement That Led To Death Of Woman

One possible hazard that can happen in long-term health care facilities (such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities) is if residents wander in the facilities, or wander outside of the facility.  This wandering is referred to as “elopement” and has been discussed before on this site.  Often, patients who wander outside of the facility are in jeopardy due various conditions, such as dementia, that they may have.  Various such past elopement incidents have led to the death of the resident.

There was an incident involving alleged elopement in a Pennsylvania nursing home on August 23, 2017.  The patient, Audrie Penn, 77, was later found dead two miles from the facility.

The incident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 19, 2017 nbcphiladelphia.com article (with video) titled “Missing Woman With Alzheimer’s, 77, Found Dead Miles From Nursing Home.”

An excerpt from that article:

A 77-year-old woman has been found dead about two miles away from the Pennsylvania nursing home where she was reported missing nearly a month ago.

Recently a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding her death.  That wrongful death lawsuit, including the allegations, is discussed in the McCall.com article of November 28.  The circumstances of the elopement as well as the search for Audrie Penn is also discussed.

Additional details regarding the incident can be seen in the sources mentioned above as well as the October 10 Washington Times article titled “Nursing home loses license after patient wanders away, dies.”

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Pressure Ulcers And Serious Health Problems

As discussed throughout this site, there are many acts and incidents that can constitute nursing home neglect.  As summarized on this site, these acts of neglect have often led to the death of Illinois nursing home residents.

A frequent indicator of nursing home neglect is if pressure sores develop and worsen in condition.  As discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, these sores – especially if not promptly and properly treated – often lead to as well as accompany a deterioration in health.  Often, wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of the decedent if the pressure sores lead to the death of the nursing home resident.

The bnd.com article of September 28, 2017 titled “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Granite City nursing home” discusses a lawsuit that alleges various aspects of nursing home neglect previous to the death of a Granite City nursing home resident.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

A Granite City nursing home let a 76-year-old woman sit in her own feces and urine and develop pressure sores on her body, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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At the time of her death, Legate had sepsis, recurrent infections, pressure sores, skin breakdown, malnutrition, dehydration and was in renal failure, the lawsuit says.

For those unaware of sepsis, it is a serious health condition that often accompanies serious pressure injuries.  The condition is further discussed on the “Sepsis” page.

Additional details concerning this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in the 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 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.

Medication Errors In Nursing Homes

Among the many potential issues with regard to nursing home care remains that of medications.  There are many potentially problematic issues, including those of prescription errors, improper medication administration, and overdosing.  As well, for some drugs there is the threat of “drug diversion,” where the nursing home staff may steal the prescription, either for their own usage or for reselling the drugs.

Various aspects of these “medication” issues are further discussed on the “Nursing Home Medication Problems” page.  As well, posts concerning medication problems and their consequences can be found under the “medications” category.

A September 2, 2017 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (“Robert Behr got the wrong medicine at a Florissant nursing home.  Then he died.”) tells of an alleged medication error involving a nursing home resident.  The resident died, and a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the incident.

An excerpt regarding the medication incident, from the article:

A drug mix-up at a Florissant nursing home led to the death of a 72-year-old man who was given another resident’s medication, federal investigators found.

Robert L. Baehr died in November 2015 of low blood sugar about two weeks after nurses at Bent-Wood Nursing and Rehab Center mistakenly gave him a prescription drug used to treat diabetes, which Baehr did not have.

The drug was intended for another resident of the nursing home, and a nurse mixed up their records, according to an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Baehr also received one dose of an antibiotic and four doses of a drug to lower blood pressure that he was not prescribed, the investigative report shows.

Additional details regarding these problematical medication issues 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Pressure Ulcers And Other Alleged Neglect

Pressure ulcers (also commonly referred to as bedsores, bed sores, pressure sores and pressure injuries) are a common reason for the filing of lawsuits against health care providers, especially those that attend to the elderly and others who are vulnerable to developing such injuries.  Because pressure ulcers – due to their many potential ill-effects on general health as well as their often accompanying neglect in care –  can lead to death, many of the lawsuits filed are wrongful death lawsuits.

A common complaint regarding the development of pressure sores is that such injuries should not develop – i.e. they are preventable if various basic precautions are taken.  As such, if pressure sores develop – and worsen if they are not promptly and correctly treated – negligence on the part of the health care provider is often alleged.

An example of a Chicago-area claim of negligence – as seen in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Will County – is discussed in the July 11, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Salem Village Sued In Wrongful Death Lawsuit” as well as The Herald-News article titled “Dead man’s mother files suit against Salem Village.”

An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article concerning the lawsuit and its allegations:

Relatives of a Joliet man who died last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The long-term nursing care facility on Joliet’s east-side, in the 1300 block of Rowell Ave., is accused of several acts of negligence surrounding the Sept. 12, 2016 death of Michael Morris, who was only 43.

As seen in the article, multiple pressure ulcers allegedly developed and worsened, as well as other alleged acts of abuse and neglect in the decedent’s care.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article:

The center is also accused of failing to provide properly supervised nursing and personal care, including turning and repositioning Morris at least every two hours, daily skin inspections, weekly skin assessments and nutritional monitoring.

Salem Village provides nursing, intermediate and rehabilitation services, and is located in the 1300 block of Rowell Avenue in Joliet.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the 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 Facility Sued Over Circumstances Of Resident’s Death

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can be the grounds for a successful lawsuit.  Various types of nursing home neglect and abuse have been discussed throughout this site.  As well, many Illinois lawsuits concerning these shortcomings in care have been summarized.

In addition to neglect and abuse, there have been many nursing home accidents that have occurred.  While the causes of these accidents are broad, often such accidents involve some type of negligence or carelessness.

A lawsuit that alleges various instances of negligence regarding the death of a resident (Pauline Purifoy) in an Illinois nursing center is discussed in the Madison Record article titled “Cahokia nursing center sued over woman’s 2015 death.”

An excerpt from the article:

“Pauline Purifoy died from septic shock and multiorgan failure April 18, 2015,” the lawsuit states.

Jackson’s lawsuit lists five counts of violations of Illinois’s administrative code and the states Nursing Home Care Act, in addition to medical negligence, wrongful death, and asks for more the $50,000 for each count.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in various articles including the Madison Record 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 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 Regarding Fall And Head Injury At Assisted Living Facility

Falls among the elderly remains a substantial concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  Among the injuries that often occur are traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Because of the seriousness of falls – as well as their frequency – such falls have often been discussed on this site.

Because of the serious and often long-lasting effects of injuries resulting from falls – and the possibility of such falls leading to death – lawsuits against nursing homes in which these falls occur are common.

A wrongful death lawsuit concerning a fall and subsequent alleged negligent care received by an assisted living resident is seen in a lawsuit filed in Virginia.

The lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources, including the April 24, 2017 Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit against Colonial Manor, doctor” as well as the April 24 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in death of mother after fall at assisted living community.”

As seen in the article, the assisted living resident (Alice Allen) is claimed to have fallen out of her wheelchair and hit her head on the floor.

Notable excerpts from the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article include:

The daughter of a woman who died in 2012 after a fall at a Williamsburg assisted living center is seeking a $1.5 million settlement in a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit.

Thelma Barbour is suing Norfolk physician Paul Augustine, Colonial Manor Senior Living and Augustine’s employer, the Visiting Physicians Association, alleging they did not provide adequate care to her mother after she suffered a head injury from a fall, according to documents filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

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Allen died August 23 after suffering complications from a subdural hematoma, documents state.

Additional allegations made in the lawsuit, as well as Colonial Manor’s response to the allegations, are further discussed in the articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the 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 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.

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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.