Lawsuit Regarding Negligence In Treatment Of Pressure Ulcer

The Cook County Record article of June 23, 2016, titled “Nursing home accused of negligence,” discusses a lawsuit that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against River Oaks Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center LLC, doing business as Bria of River Oaks, which is a nursing care facility.  According to the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and other insufficient measures taken in the care of Joanne Gillogg.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Gillogg experienced severe pain from a pressure ulcer that ultimately contributed to or caused her death. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide proper medical care and adequate supervision at all times to Gillogg while she was being taken care of in its facility.

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, 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 complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the sepsis page.

While it is not disclosed in the Cook County Record article as to the exact chain of events that happened to the decedent, in general pressure sores are painful and if not treated the worsening pressure sores can become very visually apparent, as seen in pictures of pressure sores.

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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.

Nursing Home Abuse Committed By Other Residents

As discussed in many areas of this website, nursing home abuse can take many forms.  As well, the nursing home abuse can be carried out by many different parties.

While, in many cases, nursing home abuse is committed by employees of the nursing home, mistreatment of nursing home residents can also occur when one (or many) nursing home residents abuse another resident.  Often, this takes the form of verbal abuse and other mistreatment, but can (as previously mentioned in this site) also involve physical assault and sexual assault.

One of the challenges inherent in assessing the levels of nursing home abuse that occurs is that in many cases, nursing home abuse is not reported.  As such, as seen in many sources, many people believe that the official statistics under-report instances of nursing home abuse.

CBS News published an article on June 15, 2016, titled “Nursing home abuse common, but from an unlikely source.”  The article discusses the findings of a recent study on nursing home abuse from other residents and its frequency.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

It’s disturbingly common for elderly folks who live in nursing homes to experience abuse at the hands of other residents, a new study shows.

About one in five have experienced verbal or physical mistreatment from other residents, the study’s lead author, Dr. Mark Lachs, told CBS News.

also:

Out of the 2,011 residents included in the study, 407 experienced at least one instance of mistreatment during the month the study took place.

In the past, there’s been more attention to the problem of staff abuse of elderly patients, but Lachs said it’s time to shift the focus.

“[Abusive] staff should be arrested, fired, and prosecuted. But aggression between residents needs to be given attention. You’re probably at greater risk than from a staff member — but we just don’t have good numbers on that yet,” he said.

The article also discusses other issues, such as the substantial under-reporting of elder abuse as well as ways to limit abuse of nursing home residents.

Additional details can be seen in the CBS News 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 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.

Nursing Home Falls And The Diabetes Risk Factor

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

These nursing home falls can occur for any number of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.   Such falls and their injuries are 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.

Given the prevalence of falls, prevention as well as awareness of risk factors is valuable.  In the last post (that of May 26 titled “Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor“) falls and their increased incidence in those with depression was discussed.

Another risk factor for nursing home falls is associated with those who have diabetes.  The increased probability of falls among those who have diabetes is discussed in a variety of sources, including the following:

Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau:  “Increased Risk for Falls Among Those With Diabetes” (pdf)

McKnight’s September 27, 2005; “Study:  Diabetes quadruples residents’ risk of falling

This increased risk for falling among those with diabetes is particularly important as the number of people who have diabetes has increased with time.  This is discussed in various sources, including the q13fox.com article of April 6, 2016 titled “Diabetes cases have quadrupled in just over 3 decades.”

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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.

Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor

Because of the frequency of falls among the elderly – and the typical serious nature of the injuries that often accompany these falls – falls that occur in nursing homes and other types of long-term care facilities (such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and SNFs) are often discussed on this site.

Further emphasizing the serious nature of the injuries that often accompany falls (which often occur after the nursing home resident trips or slips) is that nursing home falls are a leading cause of lawsuits against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly.  Falls have led (directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents, and when this occurs nursing home wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

Falls that occur in nursing homes are common.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year.  That’s twice the rate of falls among older adults living in the community.”

These falls can occur for many reasons.  One recent study indicates that depression and its treatments may significantly increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents.  This aspect and the underlying study are discussed in two recent McKnight’s articles, seen below:

Depression – And its Treatments – are fall risks” – May 24, 2016

Depression treatments may increase risk of falls in SNF residents, study shows” – May 17, 2014

One aspect of proper health care management is being aware of risk factors for falling and taking proper preventative measures.  Should a nursing home fail to do so may lead to a negligence claim should a resident fall and injure themselves.

As with any type of potential accident lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer should review the situation to see if an injury lawsuit should be filed.   If you or someone you care for has been injured in an Illinois nursing home accident, please call the 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Lack Of Physician Notification

One source of lawsuits regarding the standard of care provided in Illinois nursing homes is whether appropriate levels of urgency are displayed with regard to a resident’s changing health status.  In other words, if a nursing home resident is injured or otherwise has a deterioration in their health, are appropriate parties notified?  If such notification is done, is it done on a timely basis?

While the parties that should be notified depends upon the situation, typically the resident’s physician is one of the people that should be notified in the case of a deteriorating health condition.  If the physician is not notified, medical treatment that may be imperative may be either not administered or not administered in a timely fashion, which may result in many adverse health impacts.

The Madison Record article of May 24, 2016, titled “Health-care facility accused of wrongful death” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court.  The lawsuit alleges that nursing home staff failed to inform the patient’s physician of the change in the resident’s clinical status.  The decedent is named as Zittie B. Harris.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Aug. 23, 2015, the decedent died due to negligence and acts of omission. The plaintiff holds OSF Healthcare responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide the necessary information to Harris’ physician, which became the reason for the latter’s death.

Additional details concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in various media sources, 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 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Sepsis

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect of a resident at a Joliet nursing home.

The alleged negligence pertains to the development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressure sores) and then sepsis.

As further described on the sepsis page, it is possible for a person with pressure sores to be susceptible to sepsis, especially if the pressure sores are severe in nature.  Often such severe pressure sores are due to the fact that they have not been properly treated.  Untreated pressure sores is often a sign of potential nursing home neglect.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the Joliet Patch article of May 6, 2016, titled “Husband Claims Wife Died from Neglect at Joliet Nursing Home:  Lawsuit” as well as the May 6 Cook County Record article titled “Husband accuses Joliet long-term care facility of wrongful death.”

As seen in these sources, the lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against The Parc at Joliet LLC.

An excerpt from the Patch article mentioned above:

Page claims that between Jan. 30 and Aug. 19, 2014, his wife, Gloria Page, was receiving rehabilitation from the nursing home when she developed pressure sores and died May 8, 2015 from sepsis as a result of the nursing home’s neglect, according to the report.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that The Parc failed to provide quality adequate medical care, and failed to adequately monitor the condition of the resident, Gloria Page.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources including the Joliet Patch article and Cook County Record 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.

Double Homicide In Lyons Assisted Living Facility

Resident safety in nursing homes is a continual concern, given that there have been numerous actual and alleged violence against those in nursing homes and related long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  This violence has included physical assaults of nursing home residents – either by other residents or by nursing home staff – as well as sexual assaults of nursing home residents.

Over the weekend there was two homicides in an Illinois assisted living facility, the Riverwalk Senior Residences, located in Lyons.

According to Lyons Police, the fatal stabbings of two residents was over a dispute regarding property.  The two residents were found dead late Monday (April 25, 2016) morning.

An excerpt from the April 26, 2016 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Neighbor charged in double-murder at Lyons senior living facility“:

John Arnold, 67, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Lyons police say he lived at River Walk Senior Residences, as did both of the victims.

Police identified one of the victims as David Bosseler, 73. The name of the other victim, a 51-year-old female, will not be released until relatives can be contacted.

As to how these acts of violence occurred, the Chicago Tribune article (with video) of April 27, titled “Resident of Lyons senior home stabbed 2 to death in dispute over property:  police“:

Bosseler and the woman knew Arnold, and they were in a dispute over the weekend about missing property, Hanania said in an email Tuesday night. Early Sunday, Arnold waited outside Bosseler’s apartment until someone opened the door, then Arnold burst into the apartment and attacked the others with a large knife, Hanania said.

According to Lyons Police, both Bosseler and the woman died from multiple stab wounds.

Additional details regarding this Illinois senior living facility double homicide can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the ABC7Chicago and Chicago Tribune 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Joliet Nursing Home

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a nursing home in Joliet.  In the lawsuit, various facets of negligence are claimed, and this negligence is alleged to have caused the death of a nursing home resident, Geraldine Paraday.

The lawsuit is against Presence Villa Franciscan and Presence Life Connections, and was filed in the Circuit Court Of Cook County.  Among those health problems mentioned is the development of pressure ulcers, which is also referred to as pressure sores.

An excerpt from the April 22, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Nursing Home’s Negligence Caused Death of Resident:  Lawsuit“:

The complaint was filed April 15 against Presence Villa Franciscan and Presence Life Connections, according to the Cook County Record, and alleges that between Feb. 2, 2012 and Sept. 5, 2013, resident Geraldine Paraday “developed pressure sores to her lower extremity, severe dehydration and infection, which contributed to her death on Sept. 9, 2013.”

Sousan Soulian, the independent administrator of Paraday’s estate, said in the lawsuit that Presence Villa and Presence Life failed to “provide adequate assistance, supervision and hydration,” according to the report.

The lawsuit is also discussed in the Cook County Record article of April 21, 2016, titled “Joliet facility alleged to have provided negligent care.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

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

Illinois Bill Would Ban Anonymous Complaints Against Nursing Homes

Anonymous complaints concerning Illinois nursing homes would no longer be accepted, or investigated, under a bill currently in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, H.B. 5601, which was introduced earlier this year, would amend the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to require identifying information about people filing neglect or abuse complaints.

Under the bill, the identifying information would be kept confidential by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  However, nursing home investigators would be able to contact people who filed complaints should they desire further information.

An excerpt from the Pekin Daily Times article of April 15, 2016 titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against Illinois nursing homes“:

But advocates for both nursing home residents and employees of nursing homes oppose the bill, which was approved last week by a House committee and could receive a full House vote anytime before being considered by the Senate.

Those advocates said some people fear retaliation against themselves or their loved ones by nursing homes and would make complaints to the state’s nursing home hotline (800-252-4343) only if they wouldn’t have to leave their name.

Wendy Meltzer, executive director of Chicago-based Illinois Citizens for Better Care, said the nursing home industry isn’t thinking of residents when it supports the bill.

“They want people not to file complaints,” she said, adding that bill supporters aren’t considering the vulnerability, health and varying personalities of nursing home employees, residents and residents’ family members.

According to the April 15 State Journal-Register article titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes,” approximately 20% of the 5,600 complaints about nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in 2015 were filed anonymously.

The bill is further discussed in the Pekin Daily Times and State Journal-Register articles mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of April 17 titled “State bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

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

Overdoses Of Medications In Nursing Homes

When nursing home residents are admitted to a nursing home, there are legal requirements regarding the level of care they should receive.  As well, there is an issue of trust in that those residing in nursing homes will be receiving care that at least meets professional standards and accompanying expectations.

However, for a number of reasons, the quality of care may be negligent.  In addition to neglect, there is also the possibility of nursing home abuse.

There are numerous of areas in which neglect and abuse often occur.  One of these areas is in the administration of prescriptions and other medications.  This subject has been discussed in numerous posts on this site under the “medications” category.

As seen in these posts, the administration of medications in Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, have many long-standing problematical issues.  One of these issues is when the medications are administered in the improper dosages.  This can be particularly problematical for nursing home residents, as often such drugs given to nursing home residents are “strong” in nature, yet at the same time due to age and health conditions elderly people are easily injured, if not fatally so, by overdoses and other medication errors.

One example of a fatal overdose given to a nursing home resident is seen in the April 6 StarTribune article titled “Morphine error leads to patient’s death; northwest Minnesota nursing home faulted.” Excerpts from the article include:

A nursing home in northwestern Minnesota has been cited for neglect in the case of a resident with a severe cognitive disability who died after nurses gave him 10 times his prescribed dose of morphine.

also:

“The facility failed to have adequate policies in place to ensure medications were transcribed accurately and then administered correctly,” according to the report from the Minnesota Department of Health, which regulates nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other elder-care facilities.

Additional details regarding this fatal medication error can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the StarTribune article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

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