Lawsuit Filed Against Northbrook Nursing Home Regarding Resident Fall

Nursing home residents and other elderly persons often have a vulnerability regarding falling.  This vulnerability can exist for any number of reasons.

Among these reasons are “balance” problems.  While balance issues may simply be a function of advanced age, there are other factors which may be in play, including a lack of balance caused by certain medications.  Falls at nursing  homes are one of the most common nursing home accidents.

A lawsuit was recently filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against an Illinois nursing home (in Northbrook) regarding a nursing home fall and subsequent death.

An excerpt from the December 18, 2015 Northbrook Patch article titled “Glen Oaks Sued for Negligence Following Woman’s Death“:

Vivian Johnson, 55, had been a resident of the facility with intermittent hospitalizations from June of 2013 to June of 2015. According to the suit, she suffered a right humerus fracture and subdural hematoma after a December 2013 fall. That led to her death on June 16, 2015.

The “humerus fracture” and “subdural hematoma” are explained at the links indicated.  These types of injuries are seen in nursing home falls.  As indicated in medical reference material, the subdural hematoma is often associated with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is further discussed in the “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) In The Elderly” page.

Additional details regarding this alleged nursing home neglect and associated lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources, including the Northbrook Patch article mentioned above as well as the December 16 Cook County Record article titled “Daughter blames Glen Oaks Nursing Home and Rehabilitation for mother’s injuries, death.”

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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 discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

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

Prevention And Treatment Of Hip Fractures

Nursing home residents are often vulnerable to falling, for a number of reasons.  One of the reasons is that often such residents have balance problems, which may be caused by certain medications.  Nursing home falls are one of the most common causes of injuries in nursing homes and other types of health care facilities such as assisted living facilities.

Due to the high incidence of these falls, Illinois nursing home accidents involving falls are discussed extensively on this site.

One type of common injury resulting from residents who fall is that of hip fractures.  While preventing hip fractures is of critical importance, another issue is how should hip fractures be treated, and what actions should rehabilitation entail.

This rehabilitation issue issue is discussed in two recent articles, the McKnight’s article of December 10, 2015, titled “New hip-fracture guidance issue for treatment and rehab of seniors” as well as the December 10 Medical News Today article titled “AAOS recommends specific treatment, rehabiliation for elderly patients with hip fractures.”  In both of these articles, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recent action is discussed, in which their Board of Directors recently approved guidelines for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with hip fractures.

On this site, preventing nursing home falls and the injuries – like hip fractures – that can accompany such accidents is discussed on the “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” page.

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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 discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

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

Investigation Into Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse of nursing home residents can take many forms.  On this site, various instances of nursing home abuse – and associated lawsuits – are highlighted and discussed, in order to serve as examples of actual and alleged abuse.

Often, such abuse can be difficult to “spot,” especially by relatives or friends of those in the nursing home or other long-term care facility.  It is for this reason that one should be aware of various “red flags” that serve as warnings that potential Illinois nursing home abuse is happening.

A recent investigation concerning nursing home abuse is seen in a North Carolina care facility.  The alleged nursing home abuse is discussed in a variety of articles, including the December 4, 2015 thetimesnews.com article titled “Alleged abuses at family care home lead to indictment after long investigation” as well as the December 4 wfmynews2.com article titled “Caswell Co. Woman Charged With Patient Neglect And Abuse.”

As seen in these articles, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ investigation announced various findings and charges concerning the alleged abuse.

An excerpt from thetimesnews.com article:

Over the course of the investigation, authorities found Lewis instructed homecare workers to over-medicate patients, caused or allowed homecare workers to deny use of a walker to a resident whose doctor had prescribed one to him, denied use of a medical device that prevented seizures for another patient, and allowed a patient to reside at the facility knowing she required skilled nursing, according to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional details can be seen in the media sources indicated 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.