Chicago Nursing Home Fined Following Heroin Overdoses

Nursing home neglect can take many forms.  One form of nursing home neglect is a shortcoming of supervision.  Often, nursing home residents will have conditions that require them to require supervision from nursing home staff.  If they do not receive the requisite level of supervision, many different adverse outcomes can develop.

A Chicago nursing home, Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, faces penalties after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the nursing home in February.  An excerpt from the November 14, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents overdose on heroin“:

State and federal health officials are seeking penalties totaling more than $100,000 from a North Side nursing home after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the facility in February, the Tribune has learned.

The residents of Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center were hospitalized and recovered, but at least two used heroin again hours after they were returned to the facility, even though they were supposed to be on close watch, Illinois public health department inspectors allege. One of the two overdosed again.

Another excerpt regarding the facility:

Continental is part of a rapidly growing, South Bend, Ind.-based nursing home operation that includes more than 50 facilities in eight states, records show.

Their 13 northern Illinois facilities include one that earned a top, five-star rating for overall quality from CMS. Four others, including Continental, were given a one-star quality rating, the lowest possible, and police and public health inspection records have alleged unsanitary conditions and negligent care at Continental and some other northern Illinois homes.

The article also discusses various other incidents and allegations against Continental, and mentions a civil lawsuit that has been filed over an incident.

Further details can be found in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the November 15, 2016 FoxNews article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents’ heroin overdose.”

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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. 

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Fatal Wandering Incident Leads To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In the August 3, 2016 post (“Elopement Incident Leads To Death Of Nursing Home Resident“) an elopement (frequently referred to as “wandering”) incident that happened in South Carolina was discussed.  This incident led to the subsequent death of the nursing home resident.

There have been other incidents involving elopement that have led to the death of nursing home residents as well as those in other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.

One such incident happened in Minnesota.  This incident happened in July 2013 when a resident (Dale Gerard) disappeared (i.e. wandered from) from an assisted living facility in Duluth.  Gerard was said to have dementia as well as other mental and physical disabilities.

The fatality – and subsequent wrongful death lawsuit – is discussed in a number of media sources.  These sources include the February 4, 2016 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Assisted living community sued for resident disappearance, death” as well as the February 2, 2016 Duluth News Tribune article titled “Duluth care facility sued in resident’s 2013 disappearance, death” and the February 3 fox21online.com article titled “Lawsuit filed against Duluth Assisted Living Facility after Resident’s Death.”

As seen in the accounts of the incident, the resident did have an ankle bracelet, which was supposed to notify facility staff if she left the facility.  However, as claimed in the lawsuit, not all of the doors were equipped with the proper technology.  As well, the resident may have learned how to disable the ankle bracelet.

An excerpt from the Duluth News Tribune article concerning the wrongful death lawsuit:

The wrongful death suit, served this week on Wesley Residence and parent company At Home Living Facilities, claims that the care provider was negligent in failing to adequately secure the building and allowing her to leave unattended, violating established care policies.

Additional details concerning this fatal elopement incident and the wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in various media sources, including those 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 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.

Elopement Incident Leads To Death Of Nursing Home Resident

“Elopement” (often referred to as “wandering”) is an issue that can happen in long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  Typically, this wandering can lead to a resident or patient wandering from where they are supposed to be to other areas.  Such areas may be outside of the health care facility, and in some cases such wandering has led to the death of the nursing home resident.

On this site, such an elopement incident – and a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit – was discussed in the October 24, 2014 post titled “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Elopement Incident.”  That wandering involved a health care facility in Lockport.

Often, lawsuits over such wandering incidents claims negligence against the health care facility, and this negligence can include various factors such as failure to supervise the nursing home resident.

A recent elopement incident occurred in South Carolina, and this elopement involved the subsequent death of a nursing home resident.  The resident was said to have dementia and a history of wandering.  This fatal incident is further discussed in a number of media sources, including the August 1, 2016 abcnews4.com article (with video) titled “Family of woman found dead in marsh considers lawsuit against nursing home” as well as the May 31 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Assisted living community under investigation after resident wanders, is found dead.”

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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.

Overdoses Of Medications In Nursing Homes

When nursing home residents are admitted to a nursing home, there are legal requirements regarding the level of care they should receive.  As well, there is an issue of trust in that those residing in nursing homes will be receiving care that at least meets professional standards and accompanying expectations.

However, for a number of reasons, the quality of care may be negligent.  In addition to neglect, there is also the possibility of nursing home abuse.

There are numerous of areas in which neglect and abuse often occur.  One of these areas is in the administration of prescriptions and other medications.  This subject has been discussed in numerous posts on this site under the “medications” category.

As seen in these posts, the administration of medications in Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, have many long-standing problematical issues.  One of these issues is when the medications are administered in the improper dosages.  This can be particularly problematical for nursing home residents, as often such drugs given to nursing home residents are “strong” in nature, yet at the same time due to age and health conditions elderly people are easily injured, if not fatally so, by overdoses and other medication errors.

One example of a fatal overdose given to a nursing home resident is seen in the April 6 StarTribune article titled “Morphine error leads to patient’s death; northwest Minnesota nursing home faulted.” Excerpts from the article include:

A nursing home in northwestern Minnesota has been cited for neglect in the case of a resident with a severe cognitive disability who died after nurses gave him 10 times his prescribed dose of morphine.

also:

“The facility failed to have adequate policies in place to ensure medications were transcribed accurately and then administered correctly,” according to the report from the Minnesota Department of Health, which regulates nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other elder-care facilities.

Additional details regarding this fatal medication error can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the StarTribune article 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.

“Cover Up” Alleged In Death Of Nursing Home Resident

One aspect of nursing home abuse and neglect cases that sometimes arises is efforts to “cover up” or otherwise conceal (via falsifying records) nursing home neglect, abuse, or accidents.  As seen in various “cover ups,” these efforts can involve nursing home staff and/or the owners of the nursing homes, or, if the incident happened at another type of health care facility, the owners of those facilities.

These efforts to “cover up” details regarding harm that has occurred to a nursing home resident is often done to avoid blame and/or legal liability.

A recent alleged nursing home “falsification of records” is detailed in the October 9, 2015 sfgate.com article titled “Nursing home pleads guilty to to attempting to falsify records.”  The underlying incident involves the quality of care received by a nursing home resident (Aurelia Rios) in New York.

Two excerpts:

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1GzTiE3 ) the Medford Multicare Center for Living entered the plea Thursday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to one count of first-degree attempted falsifying business records.

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Rios died at the nursing home on Oct. 26, 2012, hours after a respiratory therapist failed to attach her to a ventilator when she went to sleep for the night.

Additional details regarding this instance of falsifying records and the underlying incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above, as well as the October 12 McKnight’s article titled “Nursing home pleads guilty to falsifying records to cover up 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 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.

Nursing Home Neglect Alleged In Nursing Home Chain

The Pennsylvania Attorney General filed legal action against a nursing home operator for negligence, in that it allegedly failed to provide various basic services to nursing home residents.

The legal action and alleged negligence is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 2, 2015 Newtown Patch article titled “Legal Action Filed Against National Nursing Home Chain” as well as the July 1 wpxi.com article (with video) titled “Pennsylvania AG sues operator of 14 nursing homes.”

The alleged neglect in nursing home care include various deficiencies, including these as seen in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s press release titled “Attorney General Kane announces legal action against Golden Living nursing homes“:

  • Continent residents left in diapers because they were unable to obtain assistance going to the bathroom.
  • Incontinent residents left in soiled diapers, in their own feces or urine, for extended periods of time.
  • Residents at risk for bedsores from not being turned every two hours as required.
  • Residents not receiving range of motion exercises.
  • Residents not receiving showers or other hygiene services as required.
  • Residents being woken at 5 a.m. or earlier to be washed and dressed for the day.
  • Residents not being timely dressed in order to attend their meals.
  • Residents not being escorted to the dining hall and sometimes missing meals entirely.
  • Long waits for responses to call bells or no responses at all.
  • Staff, under the direction of management or fear of management, falsifying records to indicate residents received services when in fact they did not.
  • Improved staffing when state inspections occurred, leading to deceit about the true conditions at the facility.
  • The investigation also included a review of staffing levels self-reported by Golden Living facilities and deficiencies cited in surveys conducted by the state Department of Health.

An excerpt from the wpxi.com article:

“Defendants’ staffing practices cost residents their dignity and comfort, and jeopardized their health and safety,” the attorney general’s complaint said.

The lawsuit said the parent company of the “enormously profitable” Golden Living facilities was “unjustly enriched” and it asked the court to order payback of that money from the 14 Golden Living centers named in the complaint.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Patch and wpxi.com articles mentioned above, as well as the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s press release.

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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.

Rehabilitation Services Offered By Nursing Homes

On April 14, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag.”

The article focuses on how some nursing homes are focusing on offering short-term rehabilitation services, even though the quality of care may not be adequate.

An excerpt:

But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness, rather than long-term care at the end of life.

Even as nursing homes are busily investing in luxury living quarters, however, the quality of care is strikingly uneven. And it is clear that many of the homes are not up to the challenge of providing the intensive medical care that rehabilitation requires. Many are often short on nurses and aides and do not have doctors on staff.

A report released in 2014 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found that 22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm as a result of their medical care. An additional 11 percent suffered temporary injury. The report estimated that Medicare spent $2.8 billion on hospital treatment in 2011 because of harm experienced in nursing facilities.

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Competition for these patients has become intense because Medicare, the health insurance program for older adults, pays 84 percent more for short-term patients than nursing homes typically get from Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, for long-term residents.

At the same time, hospitals are trying to cut costs by discharging some patients early — like those who have had hip replacement or heart surgery, for example. Not quite ready to go home, they need continuing care somewhere. And for older adults, Medicare usually pays the bill.

The article gives examples of those who have allegedly not received proper care, including incidents that have led to harm of nursing home residents, including death.  Nursing home lawsuits and verdicts are also mentioned.

Additional details can be found in the New York Times article 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.

The Many Types Of Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect in Chicago nursing homes, as well as those elsewhere in Illinois, can take many forms.  While often this nursing home neglect has to do with the health care being directly administered to the nursing home resident, at other times neglect is seen in other areas, such as the maintenance of the nursing home facility.  Nursing home neglect is further discussed in the page titled “Nursing Home Neglect.”

A recent incident in a Bangor, Maine nursing home serves as an example of how maintenance of the nursing home property can lead to unsanitary and potentially threatening conditions for nursing home residents.

The incident is described in the October 9, 2014 Bangor Daily News article titled “Bangor nursing home faces sanctions after maggots found in resident’s bandaged wound.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A local nursing home and rehabilitation center is facing federal sanctions after maggots were discovered in a resident’s bandaged wound, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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The inspection found the facility had allowed flies into the building because it “failed to ensure the environment was free from hazards associated with windows with broken and missing screens,” according to the DHHS statement of deficiencies obtained by the Bangor Daily News through a Freedom of Access request.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Bangor Daily News article mentioned above, and also mentioned in the October 14, 2014 Liberty Voice article titled “Nursing Home Reforms Urgently Needed.”

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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.

Nursing Home Seized By Regulators

The recent placing into receivership of a nursing home by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) highlights various types of neglect and violations that can occur in nursing homes both nationally as well as Chicago area nursing homes.

The action taken by the MDH is summarized in its press release of June 3, 2014, titled “MDH assumes control of Minneapolis nursing home to protect residents.”

A couple of excerpts from this release:

MDH used its emergency powers to assume control of the nursing home due to serious violations putting its residents at risk and an unacceptably high number of regulatory violations at the facility. MDH took action after management failed to correct numerous serious problems. In March 2014, MDH cited the nursing home for 47 violations. A follow-up inspection in May found 33 violations. Several violations were of a serious nature that posed a significant risk for residents. There are also concerns about the financial stability of the facility.

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The 87-bed facility has been operated by Videll Healthcare Camden, L.L.C., as licensee, under a lease agreement with Irvine, California- based SABRA Health Care REIT, which purchased the facility in 2012. The facility has a mix of residents including those receiving senior care, dementia care, mental health care, and chemical dependency treatment. The management of the facility failed to maintain a basic level of safety and security, as demonstrated by the finding that two residents accessed drugs or alcohol while at the facility. Both of these residents required medical treatment and hospitalization in May, and one of them required intubation due to acute alcohol intoxication. There were also violations related to a wide range of legal requirements designed to ensure safe health care. After finding these violations in May, and until the receivership was ordered, the department increased monitoring and oversight to protect patients.

The startribune.com article of June 3, 2014, titled “Citing ‘dire problems,’ state seizes control of Mpls. nursing home” also discussing this nursing home regulatory action and the underlying conditions faced by the nursing home’s residents, including various forms of alleged nursing home neglect and other similar forms of nursing home operational shortcomings.

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Should you or someone you care for experience 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 litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation 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.