Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Pressure Ulcers And Serious Health Problems

As discussed throughout this site, there are many acts and incidents that can constitute nursing home neglect.  As summarized on this site, these acts of neglect have often led to the death of Illinois nursing home residents.

A frequent indicator of nursing home neglect is if pressure sores develop and worsen in condition.  As discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, these sores – especially if not promptly and properly treated – often lead to as well as accompany a deterioration in health.  Often, wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of the decedent if the pressure sores lead to the death of the nursing home resident.

The bnd.com article of September 28, 2017 titled “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Granite City nursing home” discusses a lawsuit that alleges various aspects of nursing home neglect previous to the death of a Granite City nursing home resident.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

A Granite City nursing home let a 76-year-old woman sit in her own feces and urine and develop pressure sores on her body, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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At the time of her death, Legate had sepsis, recurrent infections, pressure sores, skin breakdown, malnutrition, dehydration and was in renal failure, the lawsuit says.

For those unaware of sepsis, it is a serious health condition that often accompanies serious pressure injuries.  The condition is further discussed on the “Sepsis” page.

Additional details concerning this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Nursing Facility Sued Over Circumstances Of Resident’s Death

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can be the grounds for a successful lawsuit.  Various types of nursing home neglect and abuse have been discussed throughout this site.  As well, many Illinois lawsuits concerning these shortcomings in care have been summarized.

In addition to neglect and abuse, there have been many nursing home accidents that have occurred.  While the causes of these accidents are broad, often such accidents involve some type of negligence or carelessness.

A lawsuit that alleges various instances of negligence regarding the death of a resident (Pauline Purifoy) in an Illinois nursing center is discussed in the Madison Record article titled “Cahokia nursing center sued over woman’s 2015 death.”

An excerpt from the article:

“Pauline Purifoy died from septic shock and multiorgan failure April 18, 2015,” the lawsuit states.

Jackson’s lawsuit lists five counts of violations of Illinois’s administrative code and the states Nursing Home Care Act, in addition to medical negligence, wrongful death, and asks for more the $50,000 for each count.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in various articles 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 Regarding Fall And Head Injury At Assisted Living Facility

Falls among the elderly remains a substantial concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  Among the injuries that often occur are traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Because of the seriousness of falls – as well as their frequency – such falls have often been discussed on this site.

Because of the serious and often long-lasting effects of injuries resulting from falls – and the possibility of such falls leading to death – lawsuits against nursing homes in which these falls occur are common.

A wrongful death lawsuit concerning a fall and subsequent alleged negligent care received by an assisted living resident is seen in a lawsuit filed in Virginia.

The lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources, including the April 24, 2017 Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit against Colonial Manor, doctor” as well as the April 24 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in death of mother after fall at assisted living community.”

As seen in the article, the assisted living resident (Alice Allen) is claimed to have fallen out of her wheelchair and hit her head on the floor.

Notable excerpts from the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article include:

The daughter of a woman who died in 2012 after a fall at a Williamsburg assisted living center is seeking a $1.5 million settlement in a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit.

Thelma Barbour is suing Norfolk physician Paul Augustine, Colonial Manor Senior Living and Augustine’s employer, the Visiting Physicians Association, alleging they did not provide adequate care to her mother after she suffered a head injury from a fall, according to documents filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

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Allen died August 23 after suffering complications from a subdural hematoma, documents state.

Additional allegations made in the lawsuit, as well as Colonial Manor’s response to the allegations, are further discussed in the 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 Filed Regarding Fall At Wilmette Assisted Living Facility

Falls among the elderly – especially those at nursing homes and other similar care facilities (such as assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities) – are often discussed on this site because of both the frequent nature of these types of accidents as well as the serious injuries that often occur.

These nursing home falls can occur for a wide range of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.  The loss of balance can be caused by many factors, including those related to aging, medication usage, diseases and ailments, and other reasons.  It is for these reasons that many nursing home residents need to be carefully assessed, monitored and, in many cases, aided when they walking.

Such falls and their injuries remain a leading cause of nursing home lawsuits.  Falls can lead (either directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents.  In these incidents nursing home wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

A recent lawsuit filed against an assisted living facility in Wilmette claims negligence with regard to a resident who fell.  The lawsuit is discussed in both the December 19, 2016 Wilmette Patch article titled “Senior Living Facility Blamed for Disabled Man’s Fall” as well as the December 15 Cook County Record article titled “Sunrise of Wilmette Senior Living, others accused of not monitoring man properly.”

An excerpt from the Patch article:

The suit claims George fell while in the care of the facility due to the effects of dehydration. Windsor says Sunrise of Wilmette did not provide proper care in alleging negligence.

Additional details concerning this lawsuit can be found in the sources 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Reasons For Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Lawsuits

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can lead to a successful lawsuit.  Many of these types of neglect and abuse have been discussed on this site, and both lawsuits filed in Illinois as well as in other states have been summarized.  As well, nursing home accidents often occur, and these accidents often are rooted in some type of negligence or carelessness.  These nursing home accidents often involve serious injury, as seen in many instances.

While the the range of potential claims for nursing home (as well as other types of long-term health facilities, such as assisted living facilities) lawsuits is broad, there are various types of events and injuries that are common reasons for the filing of personal injury or (in the case of fatal accidents or injuries) wrongful death lawsuits.

Common claims for lawsuits include those for nursing home falls that cause injuries; medication administration errors – which can cause a broad range of harm; wandering (often called elopement) which usually includes harm that has caused by such an incident; and the development – and frequent worsening of – pressure sores, which can lead directly or indirectly to a serious deterioration of one’s health, to the point of death in some instances.

There are many “signs” of potential nursing home abuse and neglect.  These signs are discussed on the “Nursing Home Neglect” and “Nursing Home Abuse” pages.  Each potential case of nursing home abuse and/or neglect should be considered independently to determine if a lawsuit should be filed, and as such it is advisable to talk to a personal injury lawyer who handles nursing home neglect and abuse lawsuits.  This lawyer can investigate and determine whether a lawsuit is advisable, given the specific characteristics of the nursing home abuse or neglect and the injuries (and/or death) that have been incurred due to these shortcomings in care.

For those that may have experienced nursing home abuse and/or neglect, and have been injured (or represent someone who has died due to such mistreatment) Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, provides a free legal consultation to discuss such mistreatment, and to determine whether the filing of a lawsuit is appropriate.  Tony can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

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.

Types And Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect

As discussed throughout this site, there are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse.  Many people will consider filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home or other similar type of long-term care facility for such mistreatment.  Due to the nature of such mistreatment, a personal injury lawyer should be consulted in order to properly assess the specific characteristics of the mistreatment and the resulting injuries and harm that has occurred.

A recent Illinois wrongful death lawsuit was discussed in the Madison Record article of April 18, 2016, titled “Estate claims facility provided negligent care, leading to patient’s death.”  The patient died in 2015 while at the Belleville facility.

An excerpt from the article concerning the alleged negligence:

The plaintiffs allege the decedent died as a result of the facility’s failure to provide ordinary care, failed to provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the patient’s highest well-being, failed to provide rehabilitative measures to meet her individual needs, failed to assist her so her abilities in daily living did not diminish, and failed to develop an up-to-date care plan for her based on her assessment, individual needs and goals, physician’s orders, and personal care and nursing needs.

A discussion of what “signs” may indicate nursing home neglect are seen on the “Nursing Home Neglect” page.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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.

Cook County Lawsuit Filed Regarding Medication Administration

Medications and prescriptions that are used within Illinois nursing homes remain a controversial subject.   In a significant number of cases, medications are either incorrectly prescribed or administered.  These types of medication errors can lead to a variety of (serious) health impairments, including pain or other harm.

In the March 18, 2015 post titled “Deaths Of South Holland Assisted Living Residents Under Investigation,” details regarding the treatment of various residents is discussed.  Dorothy Byrd was one of the residents whose deaths were under investigation at that time.

A recent lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the death of Dorothy Byrd.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 26, 2016 WGNTV.com article (with video) titled “Family sues South Holland nursing home over fatal morphine overdose.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A South Holland nursing home is being sued by the family of an elderly woman whose death was ruled a homicide caused by improper medication.

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The medical examiner ruled Byrd died from toxic levels of the painkillers morphine and hydrocodone.  Morphine had not been prescribed for Byrd.

The nurse, whose license had expired, had the key to the drug cabinet.

Additional details regarding this Illinois assisted living lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources 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.

Lawsuit Filed Over Care Received In Joliet Nursing Home

The development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressures sores) is frequently cited in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  While the reasons for this are various, as discussed on this site the development of bedsores often leads to various health impairments.  This is especially so if the bedsores are ignored or not otherwise treated in a timely and complete manner.  If left untreated, bedsores can lead to serious adverse health consequences, and may – directly or indirectly – lead to death.

A recent lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, cites alleged bedsores in a nursing home resident (Edward Matthews Sr.) in a Joliet nursing home.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 9, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Son Sues Joliet Nursing Home Over Dad’s Death” as well as the February 9 Cook County Record article titled “Man sues nursing home after father’s death.”

An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article:

“During his stay, Matthews suffered from needless and preventable multiple pressure sores to his lower extremities, a Stage III pressure sore to his lower back, sepsis, pneumonia, respiratory distress and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” according to the lawsuit, as reported by the Cook County Record.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this nursing home neglect lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and 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.