Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal Illinois Nursing Home Accident

The March 23, 2015 post, titled “Investigation Of Illinois Nursing Home Resident’s Death,” discussed the circumstances surrounding the March 12 death of Juanita Simmons at an Illinois nursing home, the Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center in Belleville.  This nursing home accident allegedly involved Simmons falling down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair after a fire door was opened.  Additional allegations regarding the accident, regarding various aspects as to how the nursing home handled the situation, have also been publicized.

An Illinois nursing home lawsuit has been filed regarding this fatal incident.  The lawsuit was filed April 2 in St. Clair Circuit Court, against Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center LLC.

An excerpt from the April 22, 2015 Madison Record article titled “Nursing home accused of misrepresenting facts in patient’s fatal stair fall“:

The complaint argues that the defendant removed the decedent’s body from the scene of the accident without notifying authorities and further misrepresented the facts by claiming the facility had notified Simmons’ daughter.

The suit states that as a result of the accident, Simmons endured pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of dignity, and disability in the time up until her death.

Roth claims the defendant violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and the Illinois Survival Act. She also alleges conscious pain and suffering, wrongful death and spoliation of evidence.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois nursing home accident lawsuit can be found in the Madison Record article mentioned above, as well as the March 23 post.

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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.

Cook County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Nursing Home

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an Illinois nursing home regarding the alleged treatment received by a nursing home resident.  The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against Symphony of Crestwood by Robert Hudson on behalf of his late wife, Catherine Hudson.

Various deficiencies of care are alleged in the lawsuit, as are various injuries Catherine Hudson sustained.

An excerpt from the April 21, 2015 Oak Forest Patch article titled “Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Crestwood Nursing Home“:

Robert Hudson, of Chicago, filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of his late wife, Catherine Hudson on Friday afternoon in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The suit was filed against Symphony of Crestwood, a nursing home located at 14255 South Cicero Avenue in Crestwood, Ill. The suit alleged that Symphony was responsible for Catherine’s development of pressure sores, a knee fracture, and the improper reinsertion of a gastrostomy tube that caused an infection and eventually led to her death.

Another excerpt:

“As a family, we decided to turn our anger into action,” added Robert. “We decided to file a lawsuit in hope of exposing the nursing home to bring this terrible mishap to the public’s attention.”

The Daily Southtown (Chicago Tribune) article of April 21, 2015, titled “Crestwood nursing home sued over woman’s death” also discusses the lawsuit and its allegations regarding nursing home neglect.  An excerpt:

Hudson had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and required assistance with daily activities, and the staff at the nursing home had developed a plan of care to address her needs, but that plan wasn’t adhered to by staff members, according to the lawsuit.

Additional details regarding this Circuit Court Of Cook County nursing home lawsuit can be found in the Patch and Chicago Tribune articles 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.

Rehabilitation Services Offered By Nursing Homes

On April 14, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag.”

The article focuses on how some nursing homes are focusing on offering short-term rehabilitation services, even though the quality of care may not be adequate.

An excerpt:

But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness, rather than long-term care at the end of life.

Even as nursing homes are busily investing in luxury living quarters, however, the quality of care is strikingly uneven. And it is clear that many of the homes are not up to the challenge of providing the intensive medical care that rehabilitation requires. Many are often short on nurses and aides and do not have doctors on staff.

A report released in 2014 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found that 22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm as a result of their medical care. An additional 11 percent suffered temporary injury. The report estimated that Medicare spent $2.8 billion on hospital treatment in 2011 because of harm experienced in nursing facilities.

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Competition for these patients has become intense because Medicare, the health insurance program for older adults, pays 84 percent more for short-term patients than nursing homes typically get from Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, for long-term residents.

At the same time, hospitals are trying to cut costs by discharging some patients early — like those who have had hip replacement or heart surgery, for example. Not quite ready to go home, they need continuing care somewhere. And for older adults, Medicare usually pays the bill.

The article gives examples of those who have allegedly not received proper care, including incidents that have led to harm of nursing home residents, including death.  Nursing home lawsuits and verdicts are also mentioned.

Additional details can be found in the New York Times 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.