Patient falls in nursing homes are one of the most common types of accidents that patients are involved with. They can result in serious injury or even death. By law, nursing homes must evaluate each patient to determine their risk for falling and implement preventative measures to ensure their safety. When facilities fail to implement these measures and a patient sustains a fall with an ensuing injury, the facility may be liable for their negligent care. Below are some examples of settlements and verdicts that deal with patients who have suffered a fall in an Illinois nursing home.
Valuing Nursing Home Fall Cases From a Settlement & Verdict Perspective
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WILKS VS. AVENUE CARE; COOK COUNTY; $217,000 SETTLEMENT
This accident occurred when nursing home employees ignored the instructions of a resident’s doctor. The doctor told staff at the nursing home to carefully and securely restrain the patient because he presented a high risk of falling if not properly fastened to his bed. The employees taking care of the victim refused these directives. Eventually, the man did fall to the ground and seriously injured himself. Lawyers for the man sued the nursing home. Their central contention was that it provided negligent care. The nursing home could not mount a significant defense because it blatantly disobeyed clear and written instructions from the doctor but it still tried to argue the two were unrelated. They jury took no time in returning a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $217,000.
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BINNING VS. EAST BANK; WINNEBAGO COUNTY; $100,000 SETTLEMENT
Russell Binning lived at a nursing home in Loves Park, Illinois. At the time, he was suffering from Alzheimer's Syndrome and required around-the-clock care. Unfortunately, that is not what he got. One day, nursing home employees left him unattended and he was able to break out of the center and go for a walk. Things did not go well, however, he fell down and sustained serious injuries that eventually complicated into death. His wife and two sons survived him. They brought an action under the Illinois Survival Act for damages and expenses alleging that the nursing home negligently monitored and cared for him. This was a pretty open-and-shut case because the man was ill before his death and the home so obviously messed up. Thus, trial was not even necessary. Both sides settled for $100,000.
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 who had all reached adulthood. Representatives for the woman soon filed a complaint against the nursing home in question. 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 and provide a safety bracelet to its residents. The defendant nursing home shot back that it did in fact provide such a bracelet and that the plaintiff should have walked down the stairs more carefully. 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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