MRSA Infections In Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits

The level of care a resident receives at a nursing home is an important issue, especially given the level of nursing home neglect and abuse that has been documented both in statistics as well as alleged in lawsuits.

An adequate level of nursing home care has many different facets.  One of the facets is whether procedures and the overall condition of the nursing home (including cleanliness) is appropriate to insure adequate and safe living conditions.  If procedures and the overall living conditions of the nursing home are deficient, many different types of injuries and afflictions can occur.  These injuries and afflictions, should they occur, can be grounds for a nursing home neglect lawsuit.  Of course, the successful filing of such a suit is dependent upon the specific characteristics of the injury and its causes.

One type of affliction that can occur is infections and other ailments caused by lack of proper care.  One of these types of conditions is sepsis, which is further discussed on the Sepsis page.

One notable infection that has recently been mentioned in Chicago area nursing home neglect lawsuits has been methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.  Elderly residents experiencing certain health and living conditions – including some found in nursing homes – are potentially susceptible to MRSA.

Two lawsuits concerning MRSA infections that were allegedly contacted in nursing homes in Evanston and Cicero is discussed in the August 23, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Woman blames nursing home for MRSA infection” as well as the April 23, 2014 Cook County Record article titled “Woman’s wound, MRSA infection leads to suit against Alden Town Manor Rehab Center.”

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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.

Lawsuit Claims Nursing Home Operator Performed Fraud

One of the most common criticisms of nursing homes, as well as other long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, is that such facilities do not – and can not – provide adequate levels of care due to understaffing.  This lack of staffing can be caused by many factors, including poor management, poor financial management, and fraud.

One example of this is seen in a nursing home operator that has been sued by the Federal Government, which claims that the nursing home operator filed false claims and also neglected to provide patients with with adequate and basic nursing services.  Because of this lack of care, which included lack of medications, residents allegedly suffered a number of ailments and associated pain, including pressure sores, falls, dehydration and malnutrition.

The lawsuit is seen in the September 7, 2016 Department of Justice news release titled “The United States Files False Claims Act Against Six Vanguard Nursing Facilities…”  A notable excerpt from this press release include:

The United States’ complaint alleges that between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2015, the six Vanguard facilities failed to provide the most basic and essential skilled nursing services to their residents.  The lack of adequate care at the Vanguard facilities included chronic staffing and critical medical supplies shortages, failure to provide standard infection control, failure to administer medication to residents as prescribed by their physicians, failure to provide wound care as ordered by physicians, failure to adequately manage residents’ pain and providing unnecessary and excessive psychotropic medications to residents and using unnecessary physical restraints on residents.  As a result, Vanguard residents suffered pressure ulcers, falls, dehydration and malnutrition, among other harms.  The United States’ complaint further alleges that Miller, who served as the Director of Operations for Vanguard from September 2011 through August 2014, knew that resident care at the Vanguard facilities was non-existent or grossly substandard but failed to correct these problems.

Additional details regarding this lawsuit can be seen in the DOJ press release mentioned above, as well as The Tennessean article of September 7 article titled “Feds:  Patients suffered in nursing home fraud case.”

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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.