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 Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Joseph Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Joseph Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.