The care and comfort that many expect from nursing homes is often lacking. Instead, many are served a cold serving of abuse and neglect. Here are some examples of Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect cases from reported settlements and verdicts.
Abuse takes many forms and can be difficult to quantify in terms of a specific act. Below we have compiled some recent Illinois nursing home verdicts and settlements which stem from an episode or series of events that can certainly be considered 'abuse' or 'neglect'. If you have a situation of Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your circumstance by attorneys who have successfully prosecuted similar matters. We are committed to holding facilities accountable in order to recover the maximum value of your case.
WILLIAMS VS. THE RENAISSANCE AT HILLSIDE; COOK COUNTY; $3,000,000 SETTLEMENT
Arlene Williams, a 65-year-old woman, was admitted to a nursing home because she was disabled and unable to take care of herself due to the effects of a stroke. She entered the facility with no other problems aside from mental difficulties and paralysis. However, in a mere two months, she developed serious bed sores, malnutrition, sepsis, and dehydration conditions. When this was discovered, she was rushed to the hospital and treated for these issues. To recover for these injuries and the pain and suffering that accompanied them, she sued the nursing home that took care of her. Pointing to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, her lawyers argued that the nursing home’s abuse and neglect was the culprit for her problems and it should be legally responsible for them.
REU VS. SNOW VALLEY; DUPAGE COUNTY; $75,000 SETTLEMENT
A woman was the victim of violent sexual abuse in this case. A male employee of the nursing home she was living in attacked and sexually assaulted her in her room. She suffered physical and immense emotional injuries. She sued the nursing home for abuse and neglect for failing to provide a safe environment. Additionally, the lawsuit alleged that it failed to sufficiently screen and supervise its employees to deter this from happening. The nursing home could not shift the blame in any way. Both parties settled for $75,000.
BROWN VS. KENWOOD HEALTHCARE CENTER; COOK COUNTY; $842,802 JURY AWARD
In this case, an 80-year-old was the victim of neglect at a nursing home. She fell on the floor and could not get up. She called but no one came to help for hours. The force of the fall and subsequent injuries as she tried to get up broke her hip and humerus. Not too long after this incident, she sued the nursing home for negligence under the Nursing Home Care Act for compensatory damages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. The basis of the suit alleged that the home should have devised a plan to account for the possibility of falls as well as given necessary attention to her in case she did fall. The defendant denied these claims and retorted that it was the plaintiff’s fault and she was contributorily negligent. With both sides refusing to compromise, this case went all the way through trial and the jury awarded the plaintiff a $842,802 award broken down into the following damages categories:
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ZUMBRAGEL VS. ALDEN NETWORK; WINNEBAGO COUNTY; $25,000 SETTLEMENT
This story involves Charles Millott. He was released from a hospital into a nursing home after having a tube placed in his throat to help him breathe and do other bodily functions. His doctor gave the staff at the home clear instructions on how to properly clean and replace the tube. Unfortunately, nurses at the facility ignored these instructions and neglected to attend to Charles for long periods of time. Due to this neglect, he suffered extraordinary pain and developed an infection in his throat. To recover for these injuries, he decided to sue the nursing home where he was staying. His lawsuit claimed that the home was negligent and failed to afford him the guarantees under the Nursing Home Care Act. Specifically, it alleged that he was left alone for stretches of more than two to three hours at a time, that nurses did not properly suction his tube as directed to by his supervising doctor, that nursing home staff left him in an area where he could not be monitored effectively, and that he was not given any method to call in case of emergencies. The mere fact that most of this occurred was indicative of negligence so the nursing home pressed to settle. They found agreement at $25,000.
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While the above are a small sampling of nursing home abuse cases, there are countless instances of poor care that result in patient injury that occur every day at nursing homes across Illinois. If you believe that a facilities mistreatment of your loved one resulted in injury a fatality, we invite you to contact our office for a complimentary review of your case by attorneys who have successfully prosecuted hundreds of nursing home abuse and neglect matters on behalf of individuals and families.