The majority of nursing home abuse or negligence lawsuits in Illinois will result in some type of settlement realized between the family of the individual and the facility they are suing. Sometimes, nursing home lawsuits are settled quietly between the parties and other times the cases may be resolved with the assistance of a judge or mediator to help facilitate a resolution to the case.
Below we’ve compiled some settlements and jury verdicts on for different types of nursing home cases in Illinois. This information may be useful in helping you assess the value of your case. Should you have questions about the value of an incident at a nursing home, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free review of your situation with an experienced lawyer.
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Nursing Home Falls: Sample Settlements & Verdicts
SHELLEY VS. BETHSHAN; COOK COUNTY; $513,000 SETTLEMENT
In this case, a nursing home patient was being moved from a bed to a lift chair when the nurses accidentally dropped her. As a result of the incident, the patient sustained a broken leg and severe emotional distress. The woman soon filed a lawsuit against the nurse involved and the nursing home that employed the nurse. It alleged the nurse negligently handled the plaintiff by failing to get help and dropping her; additionally, it alleged the nursing home was negligent because it did not sufficiently train or support its employees. The defendants flatly denied all of these allegations and the extent of the injuries claimed in the suit. The jury thought differently and awarded the woman $350,000. However, after-trial negotiations raised the award to $513,000.
ORTIZ VS. COUNTRYSIDE; KANE COUNTY; $260,000 SETTLEMENT
A 79-year-old woman was lost looking around her nursing home for help when she stumbled down a flight of stairs and suffered extraordinary injuries. The incident was so severe that she eventually died. She was survived by her four children. Representatives for the woman soon filed a complaint against the nursing home. It stated common allegations such as that the nursing home failed to adequately monitor the plaintiff, train its employees, and establish a safe community. Additionally, it stated that the nursing home should have barred access to the stairway. The defendant nursing home shot back that the plaintiff should not have walked down the stairs. The jury was not moved by these counter-arguments. They awarded the decedent’s estate $260,000 for various damages.
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MERRITT VS. ALDEN; WINNEBAGO COUNTY; $100,000 SETTLEMENT
In this unfortunate chain of events, a nursing home resident fell out of her chair and experienced substantial bruising and bleeding. Her doctor prescribed treatment but staff merely placed her back in her bed. Shortly thereafter, she became unresponsive and fell asleep. The next day, employees at the home noticed her unconscious state and immediately brought her to the emergency room. It was too late. She was pronounced dead not long after arriving. She was survived by her husband and two children. They brought an action against the nursing home alleging it inadequately cared for and monitored her, insufficiently maintained or followed medical procedures and controls, and otherwise unreasonably endangered her. The suit sought damages for expenses and other items under the Nursing Home Care Act and the Family Expense Act. Both parties agreed to a settlement of $100,000 for the husband and two surviving children of the decedent.
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Nursing Home Bed Sore Cases: Sample Settlements & Verdicts
DAVIS VS. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS; COOK COUNTY; $837,552 SETTLEMENT
In this case, the estate of a woman sued a nursing home following her death after she developed bedsores and died from their complications. Apparently, the bedsores had worsened so badly that maggots were actually found inside the affected area. Also, she was suffering from dehydration and malnutrition at the time of her death. The subsequent lawsuit complained that the nursing home failed to meet the standard of care required of similar homes. It concluded that the nursing home was responsible for her death. The nursing home could not mount any legitimate defense to these allegations so both sides agreed on a settlement of $837,552.
BEARD VS. BOULEVARD HEALTHCARE; COOK COUNTY; $575,000 SETTLEMENT
A 77-year-old woman was transferred to a nursing home for care following treatment at a hospital when she developed bedsores on her back and heels. At the time she was transferred, doctors instructed the home that she was a high risk for bedsores. However, friends and family that visited noted that her clothes and sheets had not been changed in a long time. A few months after developing bedsores, she was sent back to the hospital with pneumonia, sepsis, and dehydration. She died shortly thereafter. The family sued the nursing home on her behalf arguing that it failed to properly assess and care for her bedsores and that caused her death. Fearing an exorbitant jury award, the nursing home quickly chose to settle and the family agreed for $575,000.
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WAZYDRAG VS. WALDEN NORTH; COOK COUNTY; $1,000,000 SETTLEMENT
Here, a 51-year-old quadriplegic sued a nursing home after he developed bedsores following a five-month stay at the center. He claimed that prior to entering the home he did not have any bedsores but that once there they arose and advanced to an advanced stage. After discovering the presence and spread of this disease, he moved to another nursing home and then eventually to his personal residence where his wife managed his care. He sued the original nursing home and claimed that it did not change his clothing or bedding regularly, that it did not develop a plan to minimize the emergence of bedsores, and that the bedsores created other medical problems throughout his body. The nursing home refuted some of the factual allegations of his suit. However, presented with the possibility of a long-term lawsuit and sympathetic jury, the defendant nursing home chose to settle for the policy of $1,000,000.
Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases: Sample Settlements & Verdicts
CAROLS VS. VILLAGE NURSING HOME; COOK COUNTY; $2,654,703 JURY AWARD
In this bizarre situation, a 73-year-old male patient at a nursing home tried to fashion a rope out of his sheets so that he could climb out of his room on the second floor. It did not work. He fell while attempting to climb down and died. The man was survived by his wife and five children. They sued the nursing home for damages because they said it negligently caused his untimely death. Their complaint stated that it failed to provide the proper standard of care to the man by neglecting him. The nursing home replied that even if the plaintiffs’ allegations were true, they did not cause his death. Also, it claimed the man was contributorily negligent. Thinking it had a strong case, the nursing home refused any idea of a settlement. This was unfortunate because the jury found for the plaintiffs for $2,654,703.
ROSINSKI VS. WESTSHIRE RETIREMENT; COOK COUNTY; $1,950,000 SETTLEMENT
An elderly woman was trying to find her way back to her room when she came across a stairwell. Thinking she was on the right track, she started walking down it but fell halfway and broke her neck. Unfortunately, she died from the injury. Her estate sued the retirement center and argued that their negligent supervision and management caused the accident and death. Not seeing any better alternative available, the defendant nursing home persuaded the plaintiffs to settle the case for $1,950,000.
LASKO VS. LINCOLNWOOD; COOK COUNTY; $914,673 SETTLEMENT
The victim in this incident was admitted to a nursing home following surgery at a local hospital. She was 84 years old and suffered a stroke not long after entering the facility. The woman died shortly thereafter. Representatives of the woman’s estate filed a negligence lawsuit against the nursing home to recover damages for her wrongful death. They alleged the home did not give her sufficient medicine or run proper tests to monitor her condition after the surgery to prevent side effects such as a stroke. The nursing home answered that in fact had administered proper treatment and medications and that the stroke happened anyways. This case never got to trial because they settled for the remaining portion of the defendant’s insurance coverage: $914,673.
Nursing Home Medication Error Cases: Sample Settlements & Jury Verdicts
$765,000 Cook County Nursing Home Medication Error Settlement
The victim in this case was a 79-year-old woman who moved to a nursing home for a temporary duration in order for dialysis treatment. According to the allegations of her representatives, the nursing home staff performed the procedure in the wrong area of her body. This led to excessive bleeding, infection, swelling, an inability to speak, and her eventual death just a few weeks later. The lawsuit claimed that the Illinois nursing home should have maintained better policies, procedures, and supervision. It sought compensation related to medical bills, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. However, before the matter developed at court, all sides settled for $765,000. Of that amount, $725,000 was paid by the dialysis provider and $40,000 was paid by the nursing home.
$1,410,586 Cook County Nursing Home Medication Error Award
An elderly woman died while in the care of a nursing home after its staff failed to medicate and monitor her. She had several cuts, broken bones, and sores that were ignored. The facility staff regularly did not giver her the prescriptions that she needed or perform various required procedures to lessen the seriousness of her multiple health issues. According to her representatives, these failures led to her death and they sought damages under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, Survival Act, and Wrongful Death Act. The jury returned a verdict in her favor in the amount of $1,410,586.
$2,000,000 Cook County Nursing Home Medication Error Award
This controversy began when a man died while residing at a nursing home. The decedent left behind a wife and child. Apparently, while the staff tried to insert a G-Tube into his stomach, a complication known as peritonitis developed. This is an infection in the lining of the stomach wall. His representatives claimed that it killed him and sued the Illinois nursing home for damages under the Wrongful Death Act. They argued that the defendant facility and its staff lacked proper procedures and safeguards. Consequently, they did not give the patient the requisite level of care that he required. The defendants denied all wrongdoing. After deliberations, the jury awarded the decedent’s family $2,000,000. Of that amount, $1,500,000 was for loss of services and $500,000 was for pain and suffering.
Nursing Home Elopement Cases: Sample Settlements and Jury Verdicts
$988,850 Nursing Home Elopement Settlement
The plaintiff in this 2008 California case was an elderly woman who suffered from various mental and physical ailments. One day she left her nursing home room and wandered outside. The attendant who was supposed to be supervising the halls was absent as was the attendant who was supposed to be watching the doors, neither of them heard the alarm go off when she opened the door. She only got a few blocks before she fell and broke her hip and sustained a subdural hematoma. As a result, the woman needed to undergo surgery and suffered pain. She sued the nursing home for negligent supervision and sought damages for her injuries. The defendant nursing home quickly sought to settle and after initially offering $300,000, it raised the settlement amount to $988,850 and the plaintiff accepted.
$130,000 Nursing Home Elopement Settlement
An elderly woman sued her nursing home when she fell down after she wandered off the premises in Massachusetts. Prior to the incident, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had been declared a flight risk by her doctors. Due to the fall, she sustained forehead abrasion and broken clavicle. She sued the nursing home for these injuries because, in her opinion, she claimed that it should have done a better job of monitoring her to prevent this accident. The defendant facility denied all responsibility but did not want the matter to drag on any longer than it had to so they offered a settlement. The woman received a confidential settlement of $130,000.
Nursing Home Sexual Assault Cases: Sample Settlement & Jury Verdicts
$500,000 Nursing Home Sexual Assault Settlement
This matter was a rather bizarre and completely avoidable incident. A 52-year-old California nursing home patient was raped by one of the janitorial staff of the nursing home facility in which she lived. The man was actually a registered sex offender. The woman sued the facility and alleged that it had a duty to protect all residents from sexual assaults and to separate them from sex offenders. Furthermore, she claimed that the assaulted worsened her schizophrenia (a condition that she had been suffering from for decades) and also damaged her in other ways. The defendant denied that it was responsible or that it had an affirmative duty to ensure sex offenders did not work on its premises. Prior to trial, both sides reached an agreement to settle for $500,000.
$504,152 Nursing Home Sexual Assault Settlement
Here, a man in his early twenties raped a woman in her early nineties. The latter was a resident of the Illinois nursing home where the former worked. She received multiple injuries to her arms, back, and face. She sued the rapist and the nursing home. Her lawsuit alleged that the facility acted recklessly and wantonly and, therefore, was liable for the injuries that its employee inflicted upon her. The defendant denied that it could be held responsible for the intentional torts of others even if they were its employees. However, fearful of a sympathetic jury, it offered what it thought was a generous settlement amount and the woman accepted: $504,152.
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