Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor

Because of the frequency of falls among the elderly – and the typical serious nature of the injuries that often accompany these falls – falls that occur in nursing homes and other types of long-term care facilities (such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and SNFs) are often discussed on this site.

Further emphasizing the serious nature of the injuries that often accompany falls (which often occur after the nursing home resident trips or slips) is that nursing home falls are a leading cause of lawsuits against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly.  Falls have led (directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents, and when this occurs nursing home wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

Falls that occur in nursing homes are common.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year.  That’s twice the rate of falls among older adults living in the community.”

These falls can occur for many reasons.  One recent study indicates that depression and its treatments may significantly increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents.  This aspect and the underlying study are discussed in two recent McKnight’s articles, seen below:

Depression – And its Treatments – are fall risks” – May 24, 2016

Depression treatments may increase risk of falls in SNF residents, study shows” – May 17, 2014

One aspect of proper health care management is being aware of risk factors for falling and taking proper preventative measures.  Should a nursing home fail to do so may lead to a negligence claim should a resident fall and injure themselves.

As with any type of potential accident lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer should review the situation to see if an injury lawsuit should be filed.   If you or someone you care for has been injured in an Illinois nursing home accident, please call the lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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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 courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Lack Of Physician Notification

One source of lawsuits regarding the standard of care provided in Illinois nursing homes is whether appropriate levels of urgency are displayed with regard to a resident’s changing health status.  In other words, if a nursing home resident is injured or otherwise has a deterioration in their health, are appropriate parties notified?  If such notification is done, is it done on a timely basis?

While the parties that should be notified depends upon the situation, typically the resident’s physician is one of the people that should be notified in the case of a deteriorating health condition.  If the physician is not notified, medical treatment that may be imperative may be either not administered or not administered in a timely fashion, which may result in many adverse health impacts.

The Madison Record article of May 24, 2016, titled “Health-care facility accused of wrongful death” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court.  The lawsuit alleges that nursing home staff failed to inform the patient’s physician of the change in the resident’s clinical status.  The decedent is named as Zittie B. Harris.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Aug. 23, 2015, the decedent died due to negligence and acts of omission. The plaintiff holds OSF Healthcare responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide the necessary information to Harris’ physician, which became the reason for the latter’s death.

Additional details concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in various media sources, including the Madison Record 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 courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Sepsis

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect of a resident at a Joliet nursing home.

The alleged negligence pertains to the development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressure sores) and then sepsis.

As further described on the sepsis page, it is possible for a person with pressure sores to be susceptible to sepsis, especially if the pressure sores are severe in nature.  Often such severe pressure sores are due to the fact that they have not been properly treated.  Untreated pressure sores is often a sign of potential nursing home neglect.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the Joliet Patch article of May 6, 2016, titled “Husband Claims Wife Died from Neglect at Joliet Nursing Home:  Lawsuit” as well as the May 6 Cook County Record article titled “Husband accuses Joliet long-term care facility of wrongful death.”

As seen in these sources, the lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against The Parc at Joliet LLC.

An excerpt from the Patch article mentioned above:

Page claims that between Jan. 30 and Aug. 19, 2014, his wife, Gloria Page, was receiving rehabilitation from the nursing home when she developed pressure sores and died May 8, 2015 from sepsis as a result of the nursing home’s neglect, according to the report.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that The Parc failed to provide quality adequate medical care, and failed to adequately monitor the condition of the resident, Gloria Page.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources including the Joliet Patch article and Cook County Record 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 courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial 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.