Illegal And Inappropriate Incidents In Nursing Homes

On this site, many different types of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and accidents are discussed.  While many of these types of abuse, neglect, and nursing home accidents have been featured, it should be mentioned that there are many other incidents that can occur in Illinois nursing homes and other health care facilities that are either inappropriate and/or illegal.

An alleged example of such an illegal and inappropriate action taken by an assisted living facility employee has recently been publicized.  The Huffington Post article (with video) of January 19, 2016, titled “Nursing Assistant Charged After Posting Nude Video Of 93-Year-Old On Snapchat” discusses an incident in which a nursing assistant at a Wisconsin assisted living facility allegedly took a video of a mostly naked facility resident and posted it on Snapchat without consent.

An excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

The employee of Parkside Manor in Kenosha posted a video of a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sitting on a bed “in a bra and no underwear and no pant[s],” according to a criminal complaint filed last week in Kenosha County. She admitted her action to the facility’s executive director and said “it was immoral and very terribly wrong,” the complaint said.

The employee, Grace Riedlinger, 21, was fired and faces a charge of taking a nude photo without consent, for which she could be sentenced to 1½ years in prison and two years of extended supervision. She could not be reached for comment; her mother said an attorney had advised the family not to discuss the matter.

The article also discusses additional instances of similar such actions involving unauthorized postings of pictures and videos onto social media.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of January 14, 2016 titled “Nude Snapchat of resident leads to felony charge for SNF employee.”

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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.

Nursing Home Falls In Which Residents Are Hurt

Due to a number of factors, accidents in which residents fall and hurt themselves are one of the most common types of nursing home injuries.  One of the reasons that nursing home residents fall is due to a lack of balance, which may be caused by a number of factors, including aging as well as a potential side-effect of various medications.   Other reasons why nursing home residents fall are further discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page.

Due to the incidence of these falls – as well as the serious types of injuries that often result due to these falls – lawsuits against Illinois nursing homes alleging neglect in cases of nursing home fall injuries are common.

An example of a recent lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County is discussed in the Cook County Record article of December 24, 2015, titled “Daughter blames Lexington of Schaumburg for mother’s nursing home death.”  As seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence in the fall of a resident, and also claims violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

The alleged fall and injuries happened when as the resident was using the washroom.  Walking to and using the bathroom is a common setting for nursing home falls.

Additional commentary regarding nursing home falls includes:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In 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 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.

Illinois Neglect Lawsuit Concerning Pressure Sores

As frequently discussed in this site, bedsores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and bed sores) can directly and indirectly lead to numerous adverse health conditions – especially if the are not promptly and properly treated.  Neglect of bedsores can not only be deadly, but also involve a variety of painful conditions.

One of the adverse health conditions that can occur due to bedsores is that of sepsis.  Simply stated, sepsis is a complication stemming from an infection.  Additional information concerning sepsis can be seen in the Mayo Clinic pages concerning sepsis.

There has been a nursing home neglect lawsuit filed against a nursing facility in Homewood and a hospital in Harvey, claiming wrongful death due to the failure to properly treat pressure sores.

The lawsuit was filed by Mary Tyus regarding the quality that her mother, Ruthie Tyus, received.  The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on November 3, 2015.

An excerpt from the December 31, 2015 Homewood-Flossmoor Patch article titled “Woman Sues Homewood Nursing Home for Negligence“:

In the lawsuit Tyus claims that the medical staff at the facilities failed to properly treat pressure sores that her mother developed while living at the facilities from December 2013 to February 2014, reported The Record. The sores became infected and eventually caused sepsis, which led to the death of Tyus’ mother in April 2014.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources, including the Patch article mentioned above, as well as the December 21, 2015 Cook County Record article titled “Daughter’s wrongful death suit blames Manor Care for neglect.”

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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.