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Alden Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers

Alden Health CareAlden opened its initial skilled nursing facility in 1971 as Alden Lakeland. Today, the company provides health care services in over 40 locations situated in southern Wisconsin, Rockford Illinois and the Chicago Metropolitan area. Alden provides post-acute services, short-term orthopedic recovery care and skilled nursing/assistance to independent retirement communities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Catering to both the old and young, Alden provides healthcare solutions and therapies along with quality care to individuals suffering memory impairment.

Alden owns and operates various centers in the communities it serves. These include:

  • Senior Living Communities – Aging individuals often desire moving into communities with like-minded people eager to live an independent life filled with social, educational and recreational opportunities. Alden offers an independent lifestyle for older adults who do not require assistance in daily living and activities.
  • Assisted Living Communities – Many elderly and disabled individuals choose to live in assisted living communities managed by Alden because of the quick access to physicians and medical teams. These communities also provide outings, social events, restaurant dining and 24 hour nursing care when required.
  • Short-Term Rehabilitation Centers – These northeast Illinois and southern Wisconsin centers offer extensive daily speech, occupational and physical therapies conducted by post-acute-care certified nurses. These facilities are known for their advanced therapeutic centers, access to the latest modalities and equipment, high-end restaurant dining opportunities and cutting-edge care protocols.
  • Memory Care Centers – Individuals with physical or cognitive impairments often require specialized services available at Alden’s memory care centers. Treatment, services and care is provided to every resident, based on specific needs during every stage of their disease.
  • Skilled Nursing Homes – Short-term and long-term residents receive restorative nursing care, therapeutic diets, hygiene assistance and other support to improve their well-being and enhance their level of comfort while recovering from surgeries, trauma or during the last stages of their lives. Some services provided include semi private or private accommodations, routine physician visits, post-acute rehabilitation, medical interventions and complex care.

CMS Weak Ratings of Alden Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) routinely rates rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other centers nationwide. The data is accumulated by certified inspectors and updated continuously. The quality measures rating evaluate assessment data on how the facility is meeting the needs of every resident. The staffing data assesses staff work hours of the nursing home’s workforce including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nursing assistants. The health inspections provide valuable insight to how the property is maintained and services are provided to the residents in need.

The information provides a rating on each facility’s quality measures, staffing and health inspections. While the Alden facilities in Des Plaines, Barrington, Evanston, Naperville, Skokie and Chicago (Alden Northmoor) rate higher than the national average, the other 15 facilities in Illinois and two centers in Wisconsin fell far below average.

Legal Claims and Lawsuits Filed Against Alden

Like all healthcare centers, nursing homes and assistant living facilities, Alden has been sued by former patients and surviving family members of loved ones who have died as a result of neglect or abuse at the facility. In 2013, a former resident filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by the medical staff in violation of the state’s Nursing Home Care Act. The lawsuit claims that the nursing staff at the facility moved the patient out of bed and to a wheelchair by abducting her right hip past its midline. The move caused a total fracture of the right femur.

In October 2014, a resident of Alden estates of Naperville filed suit, alleging negligence claiming he suffered injuries after falling from bed while attempting to reach the nurse’s call light positioned too far away by an employee of the facility. The injuries required revision surgery.

In 2010, an investigation was launched against Alden Village North, examining patterns of violations and deaths occurring at the facility for over 10 years. Conclusions at the end of the investigation note incidences where the care of the facility’s residents were either not followed or poorly followed, even though there were explicit instructions for optimal care. At least one case involving a death of the facility resulted in the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit supported by the state’s nursing home laws.

Verdicts and Settlements Obtained from Alden

$861,725 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois

The victim in this dispute was a female in her middle thirties. She entered the Alden facility with several mental and physical ailments including depression, schizoaffective disorder, dysphagia, and esophageal reflux syndrome among other issues. Her stay did not go well. The particular location was the Alden-Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center. While living there, she experienced neglect, abuse, weight loss, dehydration, and other problems. She even developed bed sores as a result of prolonged pressure, and a lack of rotation. These conditions worsened into sepsis, osteomyelitis, and then her death. Her sisters and parents survived her. They brought a lawsuit against Alden and the specific facility. They argued that the companies were responsible for these developments and her medical issues and death. Eventually, the parties settled for a reported amount worth more than $800,000.

$1,011,865 Verdict; Cook County, Illinois

Here, the estate of a recently deceased woman brought a lawsuit against the Alden Poplar Creek Rehab & Health Care Center. She was just sixty-eight at the time of her passing. Upon her arrival at the home, she was suffering from many serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and incontinence. She also was battling the effects of a heavy smoking addiction. During her stay there, she fell as nurses tried to help her use the washroom. That injury required surgery. However, side effects arose when the surgical site became infected. That demanded follow-up operations and left her unable to walk. She died a little over one year later. Her estate argued that the facility and its staff were negligent, should have ensured she did not fall, and were responsible for the infection as well as her death. At court, the judge ordered a directed verdict on negligence because the plaintiffs demonstrated that the defendants did not abide by accepted medical standards for patient transfer. Yet, the defendants were able to avoid liability for her death. Nevertheless, the estate recovered more than $1 million. This award was to cover the pain, suffering, lost normal life, disfigurement, trauma, and medical bills that the developments caused.

$800,000 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois

A 76-year-old woman sued here after going through a serious ordeal at a hospital and nursing home. She broke her hip at Alden Poplar Creek Rehab Center. She complained about it over the course of a few days. Apparently, staff were slow to identify and diagnose it. Once it was spotted and treated, she was sent to ManorCare Elk Grove Village for further attention. She fell there and broke her leg too. After these developments, she sued for negligence. Alden was determined not guilty but had entered into an agreement to settle with the woman for $400,000. ManorCare also settled with her for the same amount leaving the total recovery at $800,000.

$2,000,000 Verdict; Cook County, Illinois

The events which gave rise to this case occurred at Alden Long Grove. The patient entered the facility after being injured in a car accident. He was a paraplegic recovering from a traumatic brain injury. He was just thirty-eight years old. The trouble arose when he pulled out his feeding tube. The nurse put it back in but did not check his breathing and apparently did not connect it appropriately. When his feedings resumed, he felt pain. That was because the G-tube was put into his peritoneal cavity, and not his stomach. Nurses apparently called the doctor, but he claimed later that he did not receive notice until much later. This missed communication caused a large delay in the order for the patient to be transferred to the hospital for emergency care. Eventually, he was transferred but it was too late. He died later that night. The estate sued for malpractice and wrongful death. Counsel argued that the improper tube connection caused his death. Also, they offered that the man should have been transferred earlier. The defendants replied with various objections including a reference to the missed communication. Yet, a jury still came down with an award of $2 million for the estate (which was made up of the man’s young daughter). That compensation was for lost society, survival damages as well as suffering and pain.

$900,000 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois

This settlement was for events that occurred at the Alden Valley Ridge Rehab Center. The victim was a 90-year-old woman. She had dementia and could not move around easily. The complaint alleged that a nurse handled her in an inappropriate manner as she moved the resident into bed. The incident resulted in substantial bleeding and bruising. Then, things got worse for the woman. Doctors had to take her off of Coumadin because of the bleeding. Eventually, she developed blood clots which led to a stroke. She died just over one month after these events. The facility fired the nurse. However, that did not prevent the lawsuit. The two sides were able to work out an agreement for the wrongful death claims. The plaintiffs received $900,000. The woman was survived by two children.

Do These Episodes of Abuse at Alden Facilities Sound Familiar?

When families place loved ones in the care of a nursing home, such as Alden, they can and should expect to receive a level of care necessary for their loved one to thrive. Unfortunately, when facilities make a conscientious decision to put the profitability of their facility ahead of the needs of their patients, problems ensue.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is deeply committed to seeing nursing homes and senior care facilities held accountable when a loved one is injured on their clock. Our firm exclusively represents the injured. If you believe your loved one suffered due to neglect, abuse or inattention call us today for a free case evaluation with an experienced nursing home attorney.

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