Cook County Court Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Nursing Home

One potential form of nursing home neglect occurs when bedsores develop and are not properly treated.  Such neglect can lead to a variety of adverse health outcomes, including death.  There have been many cases of alleged nursing home neglect in the Chicago area in which the development and worsening of bedsores are cited.

One recent lawsuit has been filed alleging neglect in the treatment of a nursing home patient who had bedsores and died in 2014.  The nursing home is based in Hinsdale.  The lawsuit, which has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, is summarized in a Cook County Record article of July 24, 2015 titled “Widow files wrongful death lawsuit against nursing home.”

An excerpt from the article:

The suit states that Joseph Koucky was admitted to MC-Hinsdale on Feb. 6, 2014, in stable condition and stayed there until his death on April 27, 2014. Court documents indicate that the defendant breached its duty of care by allowing the patient to develop bedsores and failing to monitor and treat the condition, follow its own policies and provide adequate physical therapy.

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

Lawsuits Allege Physical Violence Against Illinois Nursing Home Residents

One potential cause of harm to nursing home residents is physical violence.  These physical attacks can come from other nursing home residents as well as from staff at the nursing home.  Of course, such attacks can happen at other health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, hospices and hospitals.

Two recent lawsuits allege that two separate nursing home residents were attacked at Illinois nursing homes.

Both of these lawsuits and their allegations are described in recent Cook County Record articles.

The first article is from the Cook County Record of July 9, 2015, and is titled “Estate alleges slapping attack at nursing home” and it summarizes a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  This lawsuit alleges that someone came into the room of the nursing home resident, Catherine Kelly, at night, and repeatedly slapped her face.  The lawsuit alleges that because of this assault, Catherine Kelly suffered a variety of injuries as described in the article.

The second article is from the Cook County Record of July 15, 2015, and is titled “Patient alleges attack at nursing home.”  This article summarizes an alleged physical attack of one nursing home resident by another resident, as well as the lawsuit filed over the incident.  This lawsuit was also filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The alleged attack happened at Atrium Health Care Center in Chicago, and the lawsuit was filed by Carol Elkins.  An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, on July 10, 2013, Elkins was a resident of Atrium when she was “struck, bit, punched and hit” by another resident. The suit says Elkins sustained injuries, pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, disfigurement, disability and medical expenses.

Additional details regarding these alleged physical attacks of Illinois nursing home residents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two Cook County Record 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.

Preventing Nursing Home Falls

Falls among the elderly are common.  Falls among the elderly are especially problematical for many reasons, one being that such falls often cause significant injury that can lead directly or indirectly to deaths.

Falls can and do happen within nursing homes and other health care facilities, for various reasons.

Nursing home falls are discussed in this site in various places, including:

Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Additionally, various posts concerning instances of nursing home falls can be found in the “nursing home falls” category.

While, as discussed on the “Preventing Nursing Home Falls” page, there are many actions that can be taken to prevent nursing home falls, one way is through analysis of data.

A new study and its findings regarding preventing nursing home falls is discussed in the June 30, 2015 McKnights article titled “EHRs and predictive analytics could predict nursing home fall risks:  study” as well as the June 30 CaliforniaHealthline.org article titled “EHRs, Analytics Can Flag Patient Fall Risks in Calif. 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.

Nursing Home Neglect Alleged In Nursing Home Chain

The Pennsylvania Attorney General filed legal action against a nursing home operator for negligence, in that it allegedly failed to provide various basic services to nursing home residents.

The legal action and alleged negligence is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 2, 2015 Newtown Patch article titled “Legal Action Filed Against National Nursing Home Chain” as well as the July 1 wpxi.com article (with video) titled “Pennsylvania AG sues operator of 14 nursing homes.”

The alleged neglect in nursing home care include various deficiencies, including these as seen in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s press release titled “Attorney General Kane announces legal action against Golden Living nursing homes“:

  • Continent residents left in diapers because they were unable to obtain assistance going to the bathroom.
  • Incontinent residents left in soiled diapers, in their own feces or urine, for extended periods of time.
  • Residents at risk for bedsores from not being turned every two hours as required.
  • Residents not receiving range of motion exercises.
  • Residents not receiving showers or other hygiene services as required.
  • Residents being woken at 5 a.m. or earlier to be washed and dressed for the day.
  • Residents not being timely dressed in order to attend their meals.
  • Residents not being escorted to the dining hall and sometimes missing meals entirely.
  • Long waits for responses to call bells or no responses at all.
  • Staff, under the direction of management or fear of management, falsifying records to indicate residents received services when in fact they did not.
  • Improved staffing when state inspections occurred, leading to deceit about the true conditions at the facility.
  • The investigation also included a review of staffing levels self-reported by Golden Living facilities and deficiencies cited in surveys conducted by the state Department of Health.

An excerpt from the wpxi.com article:

“Defendants’ staffing practices cost residents their dignity and comfort, and jeopardized their health and safety,” the attorney general’s complaint said.

The lawsuit said the parent company of the “enormously profitable” Golden Living facilities was “unjustly enriched” and it asked the court to order payback of that money from the 14 Golden Living centers named in the complaint.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Patch and wpxi.com articles mentioned above, as well as the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s press release.

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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.