Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit Includes Claims Of Malnutrition And Overmedication

As discussed throughout this site, there are many types of nursing home neglect.  It is common to see nursing home neglect that results in dehydration.  Additionally, another type of neglect can occur when a nursing home fails to inform physicians and/or other relevant parties as to the development of significant medical conditions.  While there may be many reasons for such lapses in care, poor training of nursing home staff, as well as nursing home understaffing, are often reasons cited in lawsuits regarding nursing home neglect.

A recent West Virginia lawsuit against a nursing home serves as an example of alleged nursing home neglect that involves malnutrition as well as overmedication.  That lawsuit is described in the January 20, 2015 West Virginia Record article titled “Woman blames nursing home for man’s death.”  As seen in that article, the lawsuit claims that negligence led to significant medical problems that resulted in the nursing home resident’s death.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and the alleged nursing home neglect can be seen in the West Virginia Record article seen 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 for a free legal consultation to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, 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 Alleges Neglect In Care Of Illinois Nursing Home Resident

Nursing home neglect can take many forms, and can lead to a range of adverse outcomes, including death.  A recently filed Illinois wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home, and this lawsuit claims that nursing home neglect contributed to a resident’s health decline and death.

The lawsuit was filed December 11, 2014 by Mary M. Crane, daughter of Jack W. Torum, the nursing home resident who died.  The lawsuit was filed in Madison County Circuit Court against the Alhambra Care Center.

The lawsuit is discussed in the December 22, 2014 Madison Record article titled “Daughter of deceased man files complaint against nursing home.”

An excerpt from the article:

She blames the nursing home for causing her father’s injuries, saying its employees negligently failed to observe Torum for any significant changes to his medical condition, failed to timely notify Torum’s physician or daughter of any changes to his physical or mental condition, failed to provide him with adequate hydration and nutrition, neglected Torum and failed to provide him with adequate medical care.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and the alleged lack of proper nursing home care can be seen in 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 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.

Illinois Lawsuit Filed Over Care Received At Illinois Hospital

Medications administered in health care facilities (including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices) has become an important topic, for a number of reasons.  The appropriateness of such medications, as well as how – and if – they are appropriately administered – are two topics that are of primary concern with regard to health care.

There has been an Illinois personal injury lawsuit filed regarding the hospital treatment received by a patient, James Charnas, at Alton Memorial Hospital.

The lawsuit and alleged underlying harm is discussed in at least two articles, including the January 5, 2015 thetelegraph.com article titled “Lawsuit filed against Alton Memorial” as well as the December 23, 2014 Madison Record article titled “Woman alleges husband suffered disability after receiving intravenous medication.”

Two excerpts from thetelegraph.com article mentioned above:

The estate of a former patient of Alton Memorial Hospital has filed suit in circuit court, claiming the hospital’s handling of a powerful narcotic pain medication has resulted in the need for around-the-clock nursing home care.

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The suit claims the hospital was negligent for failing to properly monitor the patient, failing to order the proper monitoring while receiving Dilaudid, failing to take his vital signs between 10 p.m. Jan. 17 and 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2013, failing to discuss admission to the ICU with the patient’s attending physician and failing to properly program the pump that administers the medication.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including 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 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.

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Alleged

There have been allegations made regarding Illinois nursing home abuse in Alton.

The allegations involve the treatment of a 93-year-old nursing home resident, and are discussed in The Alton Telegraph article of December 23, 2014 titled “Police investigate alleged elder abuse.”

As seen in the article, the nursing home resident allegedly suffered a variety of abuse and neglect, including bruising and intimidation by two certified nursing assistants at a currently-unnamed Illinois nursing home.

According to the article, the woman’s daughter, Carol Frederick, 72, of Godfrey, recently removed her mother from the nursing home.

Two excerpts from the article:

Once she relocated her mother, Frederick called Alton police, who photographed the older woman’s bruises on the back of her arms and twice interviewed the women. Frederick claims two certified nursing assistants at the nursing home inflicted the bruises while “roughing up” her mother as they dressed her after learning the family complained about them.

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Frederick also has not yet filed a lawsuit, making it public record, which she said she intends to do.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Alton Telegraph 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.

Quality Of Care Received In Illinois Nursing Homes

The quality of care received in Illinois nursing homes is a critically important issue, yet one that can be difficult to determine.

Commonly used “nursing home ratings” have been criticized for a variety of reasons, and various proposals and recent changes have occurred.  Prior posts have discussed this issue, including the October 6, 2014 post titled “Changes To The Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System” as well as the August 24 post titled “Chicago Nursing Homes And The Star Rating System.”

One organization that rates the quality of nursing homes by state is Families for Better Care, which is a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.  This organization has recently published its second annual “Nursing Home Report Card,” which is described in the September 10, 2014 release titled “New Nursing Home Report Card Released.”

This state-by-state comparison ranked the states’ nursing home quality on  eight different federal quality measures.  The press release above discusses these measures and other commentary.  Additional information regarding the grading methodology is provided on the “Grading Methodology” page.

On the “State Rankings” page, the rating for Illinois nursing homes is provided.  As can be seen on the page, for 2014 Illinois nursing homes ranked 44th out of 50, receiving a grade of “F.”

Key Findings” are presented with regard to Illinois nursing home care quality, and there is also an accompanying September 10, 2014 news release titled “Illinois Drops To 44th In Nursing Home Care.”

An excerpt from this news release:

According to the report card, nearly every nursing home was cited one or more deficiencies. Worst yet, state regulators cited 25 percent of nursing homes for a severe deficiency, indicating ongoing harm to residents.

The above-mentioned “Nursing Home Report Card” does not provide detail about individual Illinois nursing homes, and, of course, quality of care should be assessed on an individual nursing home basis.

However, what this report indicates – and what is further verified in other statistics, reports, media sources and alleged in lawsuits, as seen throughout this site – is that deficiencies, mistreatment, abuse, and neglect does occur in Chicago nursing home care, as well as in nursing homes throughout Illinois.

While nursing home abuse and neglect is often obvious, sometimes it can be difficult to see.  Various signs that indicate that nursing home abuse and neglect may be happening are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” 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.

Video Used In Detecting Illinois Nursing Home Negligence

In the September 8, 2014 post (“Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes“) the then-recently proposed idea to allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes was discussed.  The idea for such monitoring is to better ensure the safety and well-being of Illinois nursing home residents.

This evening (December 9, 2014) CBS Chicago ran a segment (with video) regarding a video of alleged Illinois nursing home negligence, regarding the care of a woman (Jean Mangan) at the Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, which is now known as Aperion Care Oak Lawn.  This video is alleged evidence of the negligence.

The alleged injuries that the woman suffered led to a Illinois nursing home negligence lawsuit, as discussed in the segment.

The CBS Chicago segment can be seen in the article titled “Daughter of Woman Allegedly Injured In Nursing Home Pushes For Patient Monitoring.”

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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.

Physical Abuse Of Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Physical abuse of Illinois nursing home residents can take many forms, and can be inflicted by both other nursing home residents as well as nursing home staff.

A recent instance of alleged physical abuse of a nursing home resident in Florida serves as an example.  As is often the case in nursing home abuse cases, a man noticed bruises on his father, who was a nursing home resident with dementia.

An excerpt from the Orlando Sentinel article of October 30, 2014, titled “Two captured on hidden camera by nursing home patient’s son arrested“:

A man who noticed bruises on his father, a nursing home resident with dementia, set up a hidden camera and caught two employees hitting him, a Winter Haven police spokeswoman said.

Additional details regarding this alleged nursing home abuse can be seen in the Orlando Sentinel article mentioned above, as well as the November 26, 2014 theledger.com article titled “Two Nursing Assistants Accused of Elderly Abuse Released on Bail.”

As seen in the alleged incident above, bruises served as a sign of potential abuse of a nursing home resident.  Other signs of potential abuse are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” page of this site.

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

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its 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 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.