Detecting Nursing Home Abuse

Recently the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has published a document titled “Protecting Residents From Abuse & Neglect In Health Care Facilities.”(pdf)  This document, dated May 2014, discusses various aspects of how to recognize and protect residents of health care facilities (nursing homes and other care facilities) from nursing home abuse and neglect.

In this document, various topics and resources are discussed, including:

  • “Recognizing Patient Abuse & Neglect”  – including physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, and neglect (each topic with various suggestions)
  • “Stopping Patient Abuse & Neglect” – 8 suggestions

While this document is geared toward potential Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect, the suggestions regarding recognizing nursing home patient abuse and neglect – as well as how to stop it – are directly relevant to nursing homes in other states, including Illinois nursing homes as well as Illinois assisted living facilities and other similar facilities such as hospitals and hospices.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – 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.

Sexual Abuse At Skilled Nursing Facility

One form of nursing home abuse is that of sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse in nursing homes (or assisted living facilities, hospitals, etc.) has occurred either by other patients or by nursing home staff.

Sexual abuse by nursing home staff is alleged to have recently happened in a California nursing home.

In this alleged incident, an employee at the Auburn Oaks Care Center – a skilled nursing facility – is alleged to have exposed himself to two nursing home residents, kissed them against their will, and “sexually touched” them.

The employee, Marlo Santos Quinton, 57, of Auburn, a nursing assistant, was arrested on May 20, and is accused of elder abuse and indecent exposure.

Quinton had worked at the Auburn Oaks Care Center for 12 years.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after the women reported the alleged incidents.

Additional information and possible updates – including a statement from the Auburn Oaks Care Center – can be found in a variety of media sources, including the May 23 news10.net article titled “Care home employee accused of kissing residents against their will” as well as the May 23 fox40.com article titled “Auburn Care Home Worker Accused Of Sexual Abuse.”

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – 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.

Bedsores Causes And Frequency

The Chicago Tribune published an article on May 14, 2014, titled “Left untreated, bedsores can be lethal.”  The article discusses various aspects of bedsores (also called “pressure ulcers”as well as decubitus ulcers) including the causes of bedsores, the frequency of bedsores, and tips for bedsore prevention.

A couple of excerpts from the article include:

Pressure ulcers, commonly called bedsores, are a big problem in the United States. More than 2.5 million Americans develop pressure ulcers every year, with about 60,000 people dying each year from pressure ulcer complications.

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Pressure ulcers can develop in as little as three hours as a result of sitting or lying too long in the same position, she said. Those who are bedridden are most at risk, including those in hospitals and long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The problem can occur in the home, as well.

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The Journal of the American Geriatric Society estimates that an average 4-to-5 percent of patients develop pressure ulcers during a hospital stay, and the number is higher in long-term care facilities: 23 percent.

The article also lists 12 steps to take to prevent and treat bedsores.

Additional details regarding bedsores can be found in various sources, including Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the ElmanLawGroup site ChicagoBedsoresLaw.com.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – 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.

Illinois Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding an Illinois nursing home resident’s death in a Wood River, Illinois nursing home.

This wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in The Madison-St. Clair Record article of May 5, 2014, titled “Wood River nursing home resident blamed for resident’s death.”  The Madison County Circuit Court case number is 2014 000602PANZIER PATRICIA vs. SA-ENC VIP MANOR LLC DBA VIP M.

The underlying incident involves a female nursing home resident, Pauline Hendricks, who was found “gurgling and unresponsive” on January 28, 2013 and was taken to a hospital, where she died on that same day.  The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the daughter of Pauline Hendricks, Patricia Panzier.

Notable excerpts from The Madison-St. Clair Record article include:

Patricia Panzier filed a lawsuit April 15 in the Madison County Circuit Court against SA-ENC VIP Manor, LPN Donna Slinkard, Dr. Louis Gary and General Medicine of Illinois Physicians.

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VIP Manor staff neglected to call 911 until half-an-hour after Hendricks was found, the suit states. When staff did place the emergency phone call, they requested a “non-emergent” transfer, the complaint says.

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Panzier blames Slinkard and VIP Manor for causing her mother’s death, saying they negligently failed to ensure the facility was adequately staffed with licensed medical professionals and failed to enforce appropriate policies or procedures, among other negligent actions.

The doctor caring for Hendricks, Louis Gary, negligently failed to appropriately monitor and treat her condition, failed to assess her airway, failed to clear her airway, failed to appreciate and note changes in her condition, failed to ensure that she was transferred to the hospital immediately and failed to properly assess and reassess her.

Another article from the telegraph.com also discusses the lawsuit and the underlying incident.  An excerpt from the April 24, 2014 article “Nursing home accused of patient neglect” :

The Illinois Department of Public Health reviewed the case and determined that VIP failed to monitor and treat a resident in respiratory failure and failed to immediately call for an ambulance as ordered by a physician. “This failure result in (the resident) expiring upon arrival at the hospital emergency room,” the IDPH document stated.

The IDPH report stated that the director of nursing and assistant both told officials that there is no policy at the home defining a medical emergency. The department ordered that the facility develop policies that conform to the law, including policies for handling medical emergencies.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit concerning a nursing home resident can be found in a variety of media sources including the two articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – 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.

Patients Sue After Being Infected With Hepatitis C Virus

One hazard of being in a nursing home, hospital, or other care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in the health care setting.

There are many examples of patients getting diseases and infections in this manner.  An article in the May 2 Valley News titled “More N.H. Hepatitis C Suits Settled” discusses an outbreak of Hepatitus C in a New Hampshire hospital that resulted in various lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit.

An excerpt from the article:

The civil lawsuits seek to hold the hospital accountable for its hiring and management of David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Kwiatkowski had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of the hepatitis C virus he carries, and authorities say the disease played a role in a Kansas woman’s death. Kwiatkowski also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.

The July 5, 2012 CBSNews.com article titled “Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in N.H. grows to 27 cases, lawsuits follow” also discusses the underlying incident and the associated lawsuits.  This article mentions “drug diversion” as a possible means by which the Hepatitis C virus was transmitted.  An excerpt:

Back in June, Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire’s public health director, said “drug diversion” from a hospital employee was being eyed as a potential cause of the outbreak. Drug diversion refers to when a hospital worker injects himself with drugs meant for patients and then puts the syringe back, possibly containing a different solution like saline, only to be inadvertently administered to patients.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two named above.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Legionnaires’ Disease

One risk facing patients in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or other health care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in an Illinois health care facility.

Examples of errors, negligence, and other assorted acts – including criminal behavior – that have led to patients getting infections and diseases are numerous, both within Illinois as well as nationally.

A recent example is seen in a Pittsburgh VA (Veterans Administration) hospital.  This is an example of a patient contracting a disease which led to the patient’s death, and a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the diseased victim.

An excerpt from the May 2, 2014 Triblive.com article titled “Sister of Navy veteran who died in Legionnaires’ outbreak sues” :

The sister of a Navy veteran killed in a Legionnaires’ outbreak sued the federal government on Friday, alleging wrongful death and negligence in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Lloyd Mitchell Wanstreet, 65, of Jeannette died July 4, 2012, after contracting Legionnaires’ from contaminated water in the hospital system, according to the suit. Sandy Riley sued on behalf of Wanstreet’s estate.

The article also states that additional lawsuits have been filed on behalf of other alleged victims of the disease outbreak, and that most of these lawsuits have been settled.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these lawsuits and the underlying Legionnaires’ outbreak can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article above as well as the May 2, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article titled “Estate of Jeannette man sues over Legionella death.”

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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.

Example Of Nursing Home Abuse And Lawsuit

A recent article illustrates various forms of alleged nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect, including the incidence of bedsores, bacterial infections, and various other deficiencies in the care of a nursing home patient.  A lawsuit regarding this alleged nursing home abuse was filed and recently resolved.

The nursing home patient was Sui Mee Chiu, a resident in a California nursing home.  The April 12 Whittier Daily News article, titled “Frustrating wait for the nursing home inspector” discusses the situation which Sui Mee Chiu endured, and various experiences encountered by her daughter, Mary Chiu.

A couple of excerpts include:

Mary Chiu was shocked by the bed sores on her 85-year-old mother.

One on her backside was so deep it exposed the bone; others formed on her left leg, heel and big toe. Half a dozen times, Sui Mee Chiu had to receive hospital treatment for the sores and bacterial infections.

The wounds persisted for months, until the day she died in April 2012 of respiratory failure.

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In cases like Chiu’s, there is no information on state or federal websites about the complaint or inspectors’ findings. Consumers can see, however, that in 2011, while Chiu was living at the Arcadia nursing home, inspectors found some residents didn’t receive proper treatment to prevent new pressure sores or heal existing ones, according to federal documents.

But until a reporter called last week, the Arcadia Health Care Center website was highlighting its status as a five-star facility, the maximum possible rating on a U.S. official government database. Its actual rating is three stars. The claim has since been taken down.

The article also speaks of the lawsuit filed regarding care received by Sui Mee Chiu.

Additionally, the article mentions a variety of other incidents of nursing home abuse in Los Angeles County, including nursing home sexual abuse as well as a medication error that led to a nursing home resident’s death.

While these nursing home incidents occurred in California, various statistics, incidents, and research (some of which is featured on this site) indicates that these types of nursing home abuses, nursing home neglect, and nursing home accidents also can and do frequently occur in Chicago nursing homes and other health care facilities in Chicago, as well as nationally.

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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.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Illinois Nursing Home Accident

There has been a lawsuit filed against an Illinois skilled nursing facility (SNF) over an alleged nursing home accident.

The underlying accident involved a Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center resident, Timothy J. Bates, who alleges that he slipped out of his wheelchair while riding in a shuttle van, which caused injuries and other harm, including pain and suffering.  The lawsuit is filed against Covenant Care Midwest (dba Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center in Lebanon, IL) and Cynthia Sanchez.

This lawsuit is discussed in the March 25, 2014 Madison-St.Clair Record article titled “Man with traumatic brain injuries suffers further injuries during van ride.”

An excerpt from the article:

Bates blames the defendants for causing his injuries, saying they negligently failed to place him in the van in a safe manner, failed to adequately secure him in the van, drove in such a manner that he slid out of his seat, drove too fast and failed to reduce the van to prevent him from slipping.

Additional details can be seen in 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 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.

Stolen And Diverted Nursing Home Medications

The medications and prescriptions administered within Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, is often an area of concern.  Concerns over proper dosages, overprescriptions, proper drug administration, and the appropriate medications for nursing home residents are often discussed.

One problematical issue that has been experienced is the theft of medications by nursing home personnel.  This often results in nursing home residents being denied proper medications, leading to possible health consequences.  Additionally, another issue is that in some cases the nursing home personnel are stealing such medications as they are addicted, which of course raises the issue of the level of care such personnel are able to provide.

A recent alleged theft of morphine – in a nursing home in Ellisville, Missouri – serves as an example of the problem of nursing home personnel stealing medications.  This incident is described in numerous articles, including the February 6, 2014 stltoday.com article titled “Police:  Ellisville nurse stole morphine, diluted patients’ medicine with mouthwash” as well as the February 6 fox2now.com article (with video) titled “Former Ellisville nurse charged with stealing morphine.”

Two excerpts from the fox2now.com article:

A former Ellisville nurse is charged with stealing morphine from nursing home patients, while diluting their doses with water and mouthwash.

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According to Ellisville Police Sgt. Nancy Walker, Franklin was diverting morphine from patients at Bethesda Meadows between April and July 2013.

Walker says Franklin’s colleagues got suspicious when they noticed that some morphine doses didn’t smell or look right.  An internal investigation was quickly launched, and the Missouri State Board of Nursing was notified.  All signs quickly pointed to Franklin after she was caught administering the odd-looking morphine doses, and some of her patients started complaining.

Additional details concerning these stolen nursing home medication incidents can be seen in the two 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 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.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Illinois Nursing Home

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an Illinois nursing home with regard to the care administered to a nursing home resident (Helen R. Cline) who later died.

The suit was filed against Eldercare of Alton and Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, as well as Dr. Rajnikant K. Patel.

The suit is described in both the August 28, 2013 thetelegraph.com article titled “Nursing home sued over woman’s death” as well as the February 14, 2013 Madison Record article titled “Eldercare of Alton named in Madison County wrongful death suit.”

An excerpt from thetelegraph.com article:

The suit claims Cline suffered from septic shock, delirium, dehydration, extremely low blood pressure, bed sores, urinary tract infection and an excessive amount of a blood thinner, among other injuries and illnesses.

The suit claims the doctor failed to obtain and document an adequate and complete history about Cline when he assumed responsibility for her medical care.

The article also mentions an investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health into the treatment of Helen Cline, which issued a report which said the facility failed to provide adequate care.  An excerpt:

“Based on record review and interview, the facility neglected to assess, monitor and implement interventions for a decline in condition for (Cline),” the report said.

Additional details can be seen in the two 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.