Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Lack Of Physician Notification

One source of lawsuits regarding the standard of care provided in Illinois nursing homes is whether appropriate levels of urgency are displayed with regard to a resident’s changing health status.  In other words, if a nursing home resident is injured or otherwise has a deterioration in their health, are appropriate parties notified?  If such notification is done, is it done on a timely basis?

While the parties that should be notified depends upon the situation, typically the resident’s physician is one of the people that should be notified in the case of a deteriorating health condition.  If the physician is not notified, medical treatment that may be imperative may be either not administered or not administered in a timely fashion, which may result in many adverse health impacts.

The Madison Record article of May 24, 2016, titled “Health-care facility accused of wrongful death” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court.  The lawsuit alleges that nursing home staff failed to inform the patient’s physician of the change in the resident’s clinical status.  The decedent is named as Zittie B. Harris.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Aug. 23, 2015, the decedent died due to negligence and acts of omission. The plaintiff holds OSF Healthcare responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide the necessary information to Harris’ physician, which became the reason for the latter’s death.

Additional details concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in various media sources, including the Madison Record article mentioned above.


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. 

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