Falls Caused By Medication Usage

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

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

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

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

Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes And Use Of Surveillance Cameras

Sexual abuse and sexual assault of nursing home residents continues to be a concern with regard to the safety and level of care that nursing home residents receive.  As seen in many incidents, as well as alleged in many nursing home lawsuits, sexual abuse and assault of nursing home residents can be committed by other nursing home residents, as well as by nursing home staff.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed both on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page as well as in various posts under the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

A November 18, 2016 article (with video) from wfaa.com, titled “Surveillance cameras prove to be strong tool in protecting loved ones in nursing homes” discusses an alleged sexual assault attempt made at a nursing home.  As seen in the article and video, one facet of the alleged incident that proved valuable with regard to the alleged assault was the existence of video surveillance footage.

The issue of video surveillance in Illinois nursing homes has been discussed on numerous posts on this site.  The most recent post is that of August 23, 2015, titled “Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes.”

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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.

Chicago Nursing Home Fined Following Heroin Overdoses

Nursing home neglect can take many forms.  One form of nursing home neglect is a shortcoming of supervision.  Often, nursing home residents will have conditions that require them to require supervision from nursing home staff.  If they do not receive the requisite level of supervision, many different adverse outcomes can develop.

A Chicago nursing home, Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, faces penalties after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the nursing home in February.  An excerpt from the November 14, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents overdose on heroin“:

State and federal health officials are seeking penalties totaling more than $100,000 from a North Side nursing home after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the facility in February, the Tribune has learned.

The residents of Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center were hospitalized and recovered, but at least two used heroin again hours after they were returned to the facility, even though they were supposed to be on close watch, Illinois public health department inspectors allege. One of the two overdosed again.

Another excerpt regarding the facility:

Continental is part of a rapidly growing, South Bend, Ind.-based nursing home operation that includes more than 50 facilities in eight states, records show.

Their 13 northern Illinois facilities include one that earned a top, five-star rating for overall quality from CMS. Four others, including Continental, were given a one-star quality rating, the lowest possible, and police and public health inspection records have alleged unsanitary conditions and negligent care at Continental and some other northern Illinois homes.

The article also discusses various other incidents and allegations against Continental, and mentions a civil lawsuit that has been filed over an incident.

Further details can be found in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the November 15, 2016 FoxNews article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents’ heroin overdose.”

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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 Claims Negligence Involving Medication

Medication problems in nursing homes continues to be a major recurring issue.  On this site, various aspects of the issue is discussed on the “Nursing Home Medication Problems” page.  Additionally, posts concerning medication problems (including prescription errors, drug diversion, overprescription, improper drug administration, and related issues) can be seen in the “medications” category.

As seen in the material mentioned above, there are a range of issues and potentially problematical issues with regard to drug prescriptions and drug administration in nursing homes.   Many of the problems – which often include errors – are due to poor training of nursing home staff and/or poor operating procedures.  As often the drugs involved are powerful, many of the medication errors have resulted in the death of nursing home residents.  Following these deaths, wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

One such medication error, that allegedly led to the death of a nursing home resident, is discussed in the Cook County Record article of October 7, 2016, titled “Holland Home accused of negligence in alleged wrongful death.”  An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Rundin was overdosed with narcotic pain medication that contributed to and/or caused his death. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for allegedly administering pain medications to Rundin even though those medications were not prescribed.

Additional details concerning medication errors 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.

Reasons For Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Lawsuits

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can lead to 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.  These nursing home accidents often involve serious injury, as seen in many instances.

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.

Common claims for lawsuits include those for nursing home falls that cause injuries; medication administration errors – which can cause a broad range of harm; wandering (often called elopement) which usually includes harm that has caused by such an incident; and the development – and frequent worsening of – pressure sores, which can lead directly or indirectly to a serious deterioration of one’s health, to the point of death in some instances.

There are many “signs” of potential nursing home abuse and neglect.  These signs are discussed on the “Nursing Home Neglect” and “Nursing Home Abuse” pages.  Each potential case of nursing home abuse and/or neglect should be considered independently to determine if a lawsuit should be filed, and as such it is advisable to talk to a personal injury lawyer who handles nursing home neglect and abuse lawsuits.  This lawyer can investigate and determine whether a lawsuit is advisable, given the specific characteristics of the nursing home abuse or neglect and the injuries (and/or death) that have been incurred due to these shortcomings in care.

For those that may have experienced nursing home abuse and/or neglect, and have been injured (or represent someone who has died due to such mistreatment) Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, provides a free legal consultation to discuss such mistreatment, and to determine whether the filing of a lawsuit is appropriate.  Tony can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.

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

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

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

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

Nursing Home Fraud And Mismanagement

While nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse can potentially happen in any nursing home or other long-term health care facility, such neglect and abuse may be especially likely to happen if mismanagement and/or fraud is occurring at the nursing facilities.

The Chicago Tribune article (with video) of October 4, 2016, titled “Nursing home operator from Chicago jailed as feds allege $1 Billion scheme” discusses various allegations made against a nursing home operator who owned nursing homes, including previously owning Illinois nursing homes.

While the article focuses on an alleged $1 billion Medicaid and Medicare bribery and kickback scheme, allegations of patient abuse and neglect are also discussed.

An excerpt from the article, discussing various nursing home wrongful death lawsuits:

Separate from the pending federal indictment, the Tribune found that families have filed 20 wrongful death lawsuits since 2013 against seven of Esformes’ facilities in Miami-Dade County. Four were on Florida’s watch list of troubled facilities — among a total of only 11 nursing facilities in that area.

In one of those cases, patient Donald Reiff allegedly was attacked last year by a fellow resident at North Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, then sent to another Esformes facility, Fountain Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center. Staff there allegedly neglected to assist or supervise Reiff, and he quickly suffered a catastrophic fall and died of a brain injury, according to a pending civil lawsuit filed by Reiff’s family.

Also mentioned in the article are alleged instances of fatal and nonfatal physical violence against nursing home patients, as well as other nursing home neglect incidents including a fatal elopement incident.

Additional details can be seen in the Chicago Tribune 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 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.

MRSA Infections In Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits

The level of care a resident receives at a nursing home is an important issue, especially given the level of nursing home neglect and abuse that has been documented both in statistics as well as alleged in lawsuits.

An adequate level of nursing home care has many different facets.  One of the facets is whether procedures and the overall condition of the nursing home (including cleanliness) is appropriate to insure adequate and safe living conditions.  If procedures and the overall living conditions of the nursing home are deficient, many different types of injuries and afflictions can occur.  These injuries and afflictions, should they occur, can be grounds for a nursing home neglect lawsuit.  Of course, the successful filing of such a suit is dependent upon the specific characteristics of the injury and its causes.

One type of affliction that can occur is infections and other ailments caused by lack of proper care.  One of these types of conditions is sepsis, which is further discussed on the Sepsis page.

One notable infection that has recently been mentioned in Chicago area nursing home neglect lawsuits has been methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.  Elderly residents experiencing certain health and living conditions – including some found in nursing homes – are potentially susceptible to MRSA.

Two lawsuits concerning MRSA infections that were allegedly contacted in nursing homes in Evanston and Cicero is discussed in the August 23, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Woman blames nursing home for MRSA infection” as well as the April 23, 2014 Cook County Record article titled “Woman’s wound, MRSA infection leads to suit against Alden Town Manor Rehab Center.”

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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.

Lawsuit Claims Nursing Home Operator Performed Fraud

One of the most common criticisms of nursing homes, as well as other long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, is that such facilities do not – and can not – provide adequate levels of care due to understaffing.  This lack of staffing can be caused by many factors, including poor management, poor financial management, and fraud.

One example of this is seen in a nursing home operator that has been sued by the Federal Government, which claims that the nursing home operator filed false claims and also neglected to provide patients with with adequate and basic nursing services.  Because of this lack of care, which included lack of medications, residents allegedly suffered a number of ailments and associated pain, including pressure sores, falls, dehydration and malnutrition.

The lawsuit is seen in the September 7, 2016 Department of Justice news release titled “The United States Files False Claims Act Against Six Vanguard Nursing Facilities…”  A notable excerpt from this press release include:

The United States’ complaint alleges that between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2015, the six Vanguard facilities failed to provide the most basic and essential skilled nursing services to their residents.  The lack of adequate care at the Vanguard facilities included chronic staffing and critical medical supplies shortages, failure to provide standard infection control, failure to administer medication to residents as prescribed by their physicians, failure to provide wound care as ordered by physicians, failure to adequately manage residents’ pain and providing unnecessary and excessive psychotropic medications to residents and using unnecessary physical restraints on residents.  As a result, Vanguard residents suffered pressure ulcers, falls, dehydration and malnutrition, among other harms.  The United States’ complaint further alleges that Miller, who served as the Director of Operations for Vanguard from September 2011 through August 2014, knew that resident care at the Vanguard facilities was non-existent or grossly substandard but failed to correct these problems.

Additional details regarding this lawsuit can be seen in the DOJ press release mentioned above, as well as The Tennessean article of September 7 article titled “Feds:  Patients suffered in nursing home fraud case.”

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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 Regarding Mount Vernon Nursing Home Resident Death

Falls among the elderly remains a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  Among these serious injuries are broken hips and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as concussions.  On this site, the issue of falls is discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as seen in many individual posts found under the “nursing home falls” category.

Due to the frequency of these falls, as well as the severity of injuries that often occur, lawsuits against health care facilities in which these falls occur are common.  One of these lawsuits was discussed in the November 3, 2015 Madison Record article titled “Nursing home seeks to transfer wrongful death suit.”  As seen in the article, a 76-year-old nursing home resident (Sandra Rylander) in a Mount Vernon nursing home allegedly fell numerous times, with the last fall leading to the later death of the nursing home resident.

An excerpt from the article:

Rylander says the decedent allegedly suffered falls on Nov. 22, 2014, Dec. 9, 24 and 25, 2014, and Jan. 17, but was unable to alert anyone. On Jan. 18, she was found face-down, bleeding and unresponsive in her room. She was pronounced dead two days later, the suit states.

The defendants are being sued for abuse and neglect by failing to provide adequate supervision, failing to keep Sandra Rylander from falling and in sight, failing to provide an adequate alarm system, failing to ensure the alarms were functioning and failing to develop an up-to-date plan of care.

Additional details regarding the alleged neglect and lawsuit can be seen in the 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.

Fatal Wandering Incident Leads To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In the August 3, 2016 post (“Elopement Incident Leads To Death Of Nursing Home Resident“) an elopement (frequently referred to as “wandering”) incident that happened in South Carolina was discussed.  This incident led to the subsequent death of the nursing home resident.

There have been other incidents involving elopement that have led to the death of nursing home residents as well as those in other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.

One such incident happened in Minnesota.  This incident happened in July 2013 when a resident (Dale Gerard) disappeared (i.e. wandered from) from an assisted living facility in Duluth.  Gerard was said to have dementia as well as other mental and physical disabilities.

The fatality – and subsequent wrongful death lawsuit – is discussed in a number of media sources.  These sources include the February 4, 2016 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Assisted living community sued for resident disappearance, death” as well as the February 2, 2016 Duluth News Tribune article titled “Duluth care facility sued in resident’s 2013 disappearance, death” and the February 3 fox21online.com article titled “Lawsuit filed against Duluth Assisted Living Facility after Resident’s Death.”

As seen in the accounts of the incident, the resident did have an ankle bracelet, which was supposed to notify facility staff if she left the facility.  However, as claimed in the lawsuit, not all of the doors were equipped with the proper technology.  As well, the resident may have learned how to disable the ankle bracelet.

An excerpt from the Duluth News Tribune article concerning the wrongful death lawsuit:

The wrongful death suit, served this week on Wesley Residence and parent company At Home Living Facilities, claims that the care provider was negligent in failing to adequately secure the building and allowing her to leave unattended, violating established care policies.

Additional details concerning this fatal elopement incident and the wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in various media sources, including those 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 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.