Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has successfully settled nursing home abuse and neglect cases across Illinois. Many of the cases we work on involve patient injuries such as: bed sores or pressure sores, broken bones from falls, patients dropped by staff members, medication errors or physical abuse. Unfortunately, in some of these situations a family member contacts us when an injury has claimed the life of their loved one.
Our office is committed to representing individuals; we do not represent any corporations or businesses.Why Are Some Illinois Nursing Home Cases Worth More Than Others?
When you review a sampling of our settlements and case results below, you may be thinking about why some cases settled more than others--- even when they appear to be relatively similar. While the circumstances of each case are indeed unique, factors, which may increase or decrease the value of a nursing home negligence case include:
- How severe are the injuries to the individual?
- What type of care will the person require to treat the injuries?
- Does the facility have a history of problems?
- Has the facility been cited by the state for similar incidents?
- How much are the medical expenses related to the injury?
- How old is the patient? What is their life expectancy?
- Is the facility insured?
A team of experienced attorneys, paralegals and nurses, carefully evaluates each nursing home abuse case in our office. Each team member works with the goal of determining how and why an incident may have occurred and how we can achieve the best possible recovery for the individual or a family.
If you have a family member that was mistreated in a nursing home in the Chicagoland area, we are interested in discussing the circumstances with you. Our law firm handles nursing home injury cases on a contingency fee basis where there is never a legal fee charged unless there is a financial recovery for you. Begin the process now by completing our case intake form or by calling our office.
- $1,095,000: Nursing home neglect. A 62-year old woman was admitted to a reputable nursing home for rehabilitation following a hip replacement surgery. The staff at the nursing home failed to get her out of bed at the intervals prescribed by her doctor. As a result of the inattentive care, the woman developed significant pressure sores on her buttocks necessitating multiple debridements and a ‘flap-reconstruction’ surgery.
- $815,000: Nursing home staff ignored ‘soft diet’ orders and gave a hot dog to a man who was recovering from a stroke and was incapable of chewing or swallowing. The man began apparently struggled and choked for more than 30 minutes to clear the food from his throat before staff responded. It was not until three hours after the incident did the staff call the paramedics. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two nursing home staff members were fired after the incident.
- $750,000: Nursing home negligence. A 76-year-old man who was wheelchair bound fell down the front stairs of a nursing home when staff forgot to engage the wheel-locks. The fall resulted in facial fractures and a subdural hematoma.
- $710,200: Nursing home abuse. A staff member with a criminal history allegedly molested an elderly nursing home patient. Our attorneys alleged that the facility was negligent in hiring this person who was then allowed to care for patients with Alzheimer’s.
- $600,000: A wheelchair-bound patient was transferred from her bed to a nearby wheelchair by a staff member using a Hoyer Lift. Instead of utilizing a two-person assist as required by the patients ‘care plan’ the staff member elected to move the patient without assistance. The patient fell and fractured her hip and femur. Orthopedic surgery was performed via open reduction / internal fixation. After a four-week recovery at a different skilled nursing facility, the woman died.
- $570,000: Assisted living facility fall while being escorted by a staff member to the dining area with a walker. The CNA instructed the resident to ‘use the stairs’ as opposed to waiting for an adjacent handicapped lift. The patient fell down the stairs and sustained facial fractures and a torn rotator cuff, which necessitated two surgeries.
- $395,000: Nursing home pressure sore. Staff at a national nursing home chain failed to prevent the development of bedsores and notify the family of their development. Elderly gentleman died from sepsis within 30 days of formation of wound.
- $299,000: Nursing home neglect: Patient fell and fractured hip within two days of initial admission. Staff at the facility failed to supervise when patient was using the toilet despite orders, which indicated she was a 'full assist'.
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