Incidents Of Numerous Falls In Nursing Homes

Illinois nursing home residents that fall is a serious health concern.  This issue, as well as the serious injuries that these falls have the potential for causing, is further discussed on this site in the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page.

A recent article about various alleged nursing home neglect in two Connecticut nursing homes highlights numerous instances of nursing home falls, including residents who fell repeatedly.  The alleged falls are featured in the September 25, 2014 Hartford Courant article titled “Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care, Verbal Abuse Of Residents.”  The article discusses a variety of issues, including the numerous falls by nursing home residents.

An excerpt from the article:

On July 8, Greenwich Woods Health Care Center was fined $1,650 in connection with residents who developed pressure sores and the resident with Parkinson’s disease who fell 15 times between Jan. 5 and May 18.

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Another resident deemed at risk for falls was found on the floor March 16. A nurse’s aide said he or she had looked away while the resident was using the toilet. The resident stood up and fell to the floor and received a cut that was sutured in a hospital emergency room, DPH’s citation said.

Additional details regarding this alleged nursing home neglect and nursing home falls can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Hartford Courant article mentioned above, as well as the September 25 c-hit.org article titled “Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care, Verbal Abuse Of Residents.”

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

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

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

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

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

Lawsuits Claiming Neglect At Nursing Home

A September 12, 2014 wftv.com article titled “Troubled Ormond Beach nursing home now facing negligence lawsuits” discusses various nursing home neglect lawsuits filed against a Florida nursing home, Avante at Ormond Beach.  These lawsuits and alleged underlying negligence provide another example of the types of lawsuits that are filed over alleged nursing home neglect.

According to the article, four negligence lawsuits have been filed against the nursing home over the last year.

An excerpt from the article:

A new lawsuit claims the facility did not properly care for Diane Osterholm.

It states the staff failed to prevent injury from falls and failed to monitor signs and symptoms of infection.

A lawsuit from January on behalf of Joseph Woods makes similar claims, but alleged Woods’ death was a direct result of negligence.

Another article, from the The Daytona Beach News-Journal, dated July 17, 2013 and titled “2 file complaints against Ormond nursing home already on fed’s watchlist” discusses lawsuits and associated neglect allegations concerning the nursing home.

An excerpt from this article:

One of the patients, Constance A. Hall of Volusia County, was admitted to Avante in 2010 and still lives there. She suffered malnutrition, bedsores, pneumonia, multiple urinary tract infections, sepsis and MRSA, according to her lawsuit. She also fractured her right hip in a fall.

The article also discusses the injuries and other harm suffered by Constance Hall and another nursing home resident:

The lawsuits charges the two patients “suffered bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, and aggravation of previously existing condition.”

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 Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

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

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

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

“High-Risk” Medication Use Following Hospital Stays

The medications and prescriptions administered within Illinois nursing homes, as well as nationally, is an area of concern for many different reasons.  Among these reasons include concerns over proper dosages, proper drug administration, and appropriate medications for nursing home residents.  (Other posts regarding nursing home medication issues can be seen in the medications category.)

Recently, there has been a study with regard to “high-risk” medication use for nursing home residents who return to the nursing home following a hospital stay.  This study indicates cause for concern with regard to administration of these medications in the post-hospital stay instances.

The study and its findings is discussed in the September 12, 2014 McKnight’s article titled “Nursing homes tend to administer high-risk medications to returning residents, study shows” as well as the October 2014 Medical Care abstract titled “High-Risk Medication Use by Nursing Home Residents Before and After Hospitalization.”

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

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

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

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

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

Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes

Today (September 8, 2014) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a proposal that would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, provided that nursing home residents consent and if they (or their family members) pay for such devices and their operation.  Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.

Three excerpts from the press release, titled “Attorney General Madigan Announces Legislation To Allow Video, Audio Monitoring In Nursing Homes“:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced a legislative proposal that will allow nursing home residents and their families to provide video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to ensure their safety and well-being.

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The Attorney General cited an increasing need for additional safety measures at Illinois nursing homes as the state’s population continues to age. Currently, Illinois has over 1,200 nursing home facilities with over 100,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimates that by 2030, 22.3 percent of Illinois’ population will be aged 60 and older, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2012.

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Madigan noted that video and audio surveillance could be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. The Illinois Department of Public Health receives nearly 19,000 calls annually and responds to over 5,000 complaints. During the first quarter of 2014, the Department of Public Health reported licensure violations for 77 facilities.

The Chicago Tribune also published a September 8 article regarding the proposal.  The article is titled “Should video cameras be used in nursing homes?”  An excerpt from this article:

Five states — Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Maryland and Washington — allow cameras in nursing homes, said Lori Smetanka, director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, which promotes quality care services for seniors.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this video and audio monitoring in Illinois nursing homes proposal can be seen in the press release and Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the September 8, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “New proposal would allow cameras at 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 Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

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

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

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

Lawsuit Concerning Nursing Home Fall

Nursing home falls can be devastating to the health of nursing home residents, as a range of serious injuries can occur.  There are a number of reasons that a nursing home resident may fall; while at times the falls are unavoidable, many other times the residents’ falls are caused by lack of proper assistance from nursing home staff members or poorly maintained equipment, such as wheelchairs or lifts.

If an Illinois nursing home resident has fallen and sustained injuries because of a fall, there may be grounds for filing a Illinois personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home.

An August 30, 2014 San Luis Obispo Tribune article, titled “Arroyo Grande nursing home sued over resident who fell” discusses such a lawsuit, filed after a California nursing home resident allegedly fell and injured herself at the Casa Rosa Elder Care nursing home in October 2013.

The article discusses the alleged incident and injuries, as well as the lawsuit’s allegations regarding the level of care the nursing home resident received both during and after the incident.

An excerpt from the article:

After slipping and falling, a 91-year-old woman living in a residential care facility lay bleeding on a bathroom floor for three hours while a sleeping attendant ignored calls for help, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The suit, filed on behalf of Claire Trubo, accuses Casa Rosa Elder Care in Arroyo Grande of being understaffed because it put profits ahead of care. Claims made in civil suits represent only one side and have yet to be proven in court.

Additional details are seen in the San Luis Obispo 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 Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

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

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

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