Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange is a 94 bed nursing home located in Cook County, Illinois at:
Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange
339 9th Ave.
La Grange, IL 60525
It provides independent living assistance to the elderly citizens on Illinois as well as to patients recuperating from terminal illnesses. The facility which has the capacity to provide assistance to approximately 94 patients is registered with the state nursing home as a health center providing assistance to patients admitted for the following:
- Alzheimer Disease
- Developmental Disability
- Circulatory System
- Digestive System
- Genitourinary System Disorders
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Mental Illness
- Nervous System
- Respiratory System
- Other Medical Conditions
A survey conducted on the level of care provided to patients admitted into the Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange, by the Illinois Department of Health, showed that patients experienced periods of poor care, inadequate patient transfer procedures, repeated patient falls and abuse during their stay. The nursing home attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers reviewed the survey reports of ProPublica and discovered the following episodes which could be construed as nursing home negligence:
- Failure to implement medical treatment in a timely manner: “Nursing notes dated 1-6-10 at 6:00PM notes R1 complained of pain on her left foot: medication as order given and will monitor. Nursing notes dated 1-7-10 from 10:00PM to 6:00AM notes resident yelling loudly on and off during the night. Complain of pain to left leg, pain medications given as ordered for left foot, ankle and leg. R1’s left front foot of lower leg is swollen and slightly red and warm to touch. R1’s pedal pulse is faint, will continue to monitor. Nursing notes dated 1-8-10 the 10:00PM to 6:00AM shift notes R1 is yelling loudly for long periods of time. Yelling at roommate to turn radio off and complaining of pain to left knee and lower leg, continue to monitor. Nursing notes dated 1-8-10 at 9:30AM notes, complain of pain to left leg and rated at a level 10. Nursing notes dated 1-8-10 at 4:30PM results from x-ray of left leg. Physician and Director of Nursing made aware. R1’s x-ray results dated 1-8-10 notes a spiral [MEDICAL CONDITION] shaft of the tibia and an oblique [MEDICAL CONDITION] shaft of the fibula. This failure resulted in R1 sustaining a fracture to her left upper and lower leg, and complaining of pain for two days without relief.” See here more information on fractures in the elderly.
- Failure to accurately assess injuries after a fall: “A review of the facilities incident report dated 1/16/10 10:00am indicated that R1 was found on mattress next to bed sleeping with pillow underneath R1’s head. The report notes no injuries noted. A review of the facilities incident report dated 1/18/10 at 12:45pm notes that R1 was observed on the floor in the main television room on her right side. R1’s wheel chair was observed to behind R1. The report indicates no injuries noted at this time. The report notes that R1 was not sent out to the hospital for evaluation nor was first aid administered by nursing staff. A review of the nursing notes in R1’s clinical record dated 1/16/10 1:00pm notes R1 complaining of pain,
pain medication administered. Nursing note 5:30pm indicates R1 complaining of leg pain nurse note will continue to monitor. Nursing note 10:00pm R1 complained of left leg pain, nurse noted medicated R1 as ordered for pain. The note also indicates that R1 is restless moving about in the bed. Nursing note 1/17/10 at 4:30am notes R1 trying to get out of bed every few minutes, with non-stop yelling very loud. Nurse noted she will notify E2 (Director of Nursing). Nursing note 1/17/10 1:40pm noted R1 requested pain medication, R1 is noted as screaming most of the time. A review of R1’s nursing notes dated 1/181/10 5:00pm notes that R1 sitting up in the wheel chair complaining of left leg pain in intervals. A review of R1’s nursing notes dated 1/21/10 6:25am notes that R1 is transferred to the hospital stable condition. On 3/4/10 at 2:00pm Z1 (ortho surgeon) said that he did the original surgery of R1’s tibia/fibula on 1/8/10. Z1 said that after applying the second cast on 1/21/10, he was holding R1’s left leg in the air allowing the fiberglass cast to dry, he assessed more than normal stiffness in R1’s left hip joint. Z1 said that he decided to have an X-ray of R1’s left hip. Z1 said the X-ray results yielded a clear [MEDICAL CONDITION]. Z1 said that he reviewed R1’s X-ray results of the left hip dated 1/8/ and 1/15/10 and the fracture was not noted. Z1 said that he was unaware that R1 was involved in 2 fall incidents after 1/15/10, and Z1 said that R1’s [DIAGNOSES REDACTED].
- Failure to ensure the safety of residents during transfers: “On 12/13/11 at 10 AM, R2 was being transferred from his bed to a cardiac chair via mechanical lift by E5 (CNA) and E8 (CNA), when one of the upper straps of the full body sling in the mechanical lift snapped/ broke. R2 slid off from the sling and fell on to the floor. On 4/6/12 at 5:45 PM, E8 stated, she determined what type of sling to use for a resident through the resident’s care card. E8 confirmed she checked the sling before she used it to R2. E8 added she determined the sling’s affectivity if she doesn’t see any tear, holes, or rips in the sling. R2 was about 390-391 lbs. at the time of the incident. The white strap sling was used on him, however, it was observed that the sling used for R2, was already very worn and thin. Facility was unable to present evidence that they have been checking the sling prior to the incident. Facility started logging it in (sling check), after the incident happened.
- Failure to use interventions to prevent falls: “The nurse’s note documenting the incident said that on 7/9/12 at 2:20 AM, R2 called for help and was found lying on the floor next to her bed. R2 stated, “I fell. I was sleeping and just rolled out of bed.” R2 stated that she hit her head but was unable to tell where she hit her head. R2 was noted to have a hematoma to the mid forehead. On 7/12/12 at 1:50 PM, E2, DON (Director of Nursing) stated that R2 used to have side rails on her bed but when she was moved to another floor, they were not replaced. E2 stated that one of the interventions implemented following the fall was to replace the side rails on her bed.” For more discussion on bedrail look here.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are experienced in providing closure to victims of nursing home negligence and abuse in Illinois. Our nursing home lawyers have successfully taking up the cause of numerous victims of nursing home negligence during their admission into living facilities. We have handled nursing home lawsuits about the following situations:
- Bed Sores / Pressure Pores
- Repeated Falls
- Dropped Patients
- Medication Errors
- Physical Abuse
- Patient Wandering
- Wrongful Death
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we provide the senior citizens of the Illinois society with the legal counsel they deserve in situations where nursing home negligence occur. Our nursing home attorneys are consummate professionals who have successfully handled lawsuits for the vulnerable and injured individuals in Illinois. Why not call us today (888) 424-5757 to relive the burden on you for a problem shared is a problem solved. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we do not charge you a penny for all initial consultations until you have received the compensation you fairly deserve