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Chicago nursing home blamed for deaths

A Chicago care center is being blamed for the death of a 92-year-old resident in 2017 from a staph infection after she suffered a severe bed sore. There were other incidents of neglect at this facility, according to a media report.

Family members of the victim claim that there was human waste on the floor of the center, the victim was on a mattress without linens and was naked twice when they visited. The victim told her family that she slept on the floor once after a fall, which led to suspicions that no one picked her up. One family member also claimed that staff members even stole clothing from residents.

Most bed sores are preventable during in-home care

If your loved one resides at home but receives daily living assistance from a licensed in-home care provider, he or she likely has special care needs that impede his or her ability to live an independent lifestyle. It can be quite challenging to adapt to in-home care, not only regarding your loved one's medical or physical care needs but also his or her personality and social preferences as well. Sadly, many elders have suffered personal injuries such as bed sores while relying on licensed care providers to assist their daily living needs.

You might think that getting bed sores is par for the course when a person spends a lot of time in bed. However, the overwhelming majority of bed sore cases are preventable. If your loved one has bed sores, it may be a sign that his or her care providers are being neglectful. Concerning bed sores or any other unexplained issue, you'll definitely want to further investigate any situation that causes you to think your loved one is not getting the high quality care he or she deserves.

Colonoscopy death leads to malpractice suit

Even routine medical procedures can lead to death when performed negligently. In one case, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a St. Clair physician, a medical practice and a health care foundation for alleged medical malpractice during a routine colonoscopy that caused the patient's death.

According to an amended complaint filed by the patient's estate, the patient was being cared for by her family physician in 2017. The family physician recommended the patient undergo the routine procedure, which was performed on Sept. 18, 2017. The patient's estate claimed that the defendants did not obtain proper preoperative clearance, failed to check the patient's serum potassium level after the procedure and performed the colonoscopy improperly.

Nursing home warning signs

Selecting a nursing home is a decision that should not be put off until there is an emergency. Families may worry that their loved one will be neglected or abused in a nursing home. Doing research and watching for warning signs are the best methods to prevent nursing home abuse, serious injury or death.

An internet search on sites such as Medicare.gov can provide information on staffing violations, health inspections and other important factors. The severity of any federal or Illinois violation is an important factor. Nursing homes that were cited for significant or dangerous violations, such as allowing a resident to wander off-site, should be approached with skepticism.

Family of surgery fatality awarded $1 million

A wrongful death lawsuit cannot diminish the pain associated with the loss of a loved one but can help mitigate some of their financial expenses. Recently, the family of a 35-year-old state Department of Transportation engineer agreed to a $1 million settlement for a surgical error during a routine procedure that led to her death.

The patient's mother and cousin filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2015 against the surgeon and medical facility. They charged that the surgeon should have ceased the routine operation to remove a benign uterine growth, known as a fibroid, when complications arose during the surgery on Aug. 7, 2013.

Legal protections for motorcycle accident victims

With motorcycle season coming on as the weather improves, it is a good time to talk about the legal protections available to victims of automobile accidents. Legal protections are available to help victims of motorcycle accidents with the damages they are likely to have suffered.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for drivers of passenger vehicles to fail to spot a motorcycle due to inattentiveness. When a victim has been harmed by a negligent or careless driver, they may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim against the negligent driver responsible for causing their injuries.

We assist victims of nursing home abuse in Cook County

Folks in Cook County, Illinois, want the best for their loved ones, including their right to live out their golden years in peace and comfort. Unfortunately, this isn't always the experience they have. Far too many elders experience nursing home abuse or neglect.

Recently, we told you about an alarming news story about some Chicagoland nursing homes. A drug-resistant fungus has been found in about half of all nursing homes in the area. Over 150 people have been infected, and the death rate is over 50%. At the nursing homes, the fungus has been found on blood pressure cuffs and throughout resident rooms.

Man killed by drunk driver

Those who drive around Cook County understand that our roads can be busy and congested. Despite this, most people are able to get to their destination safely. Unfortunately, serious accidents still occur on our roads. Many of these car accidents are completely avoidable because of the choices drivers make that put others at risk.

A man from North Carolina was recently killed on I-94 in Skokie. The victim was a passenger in a semi-truck, which was pulled over on the side of the freeway. The driver of the semi was inspecting his load, while his passenger was waiting outside. A man swerved onto the shoulder, hitting the passenger of the semi. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The man continued driving and was eventually pulled over a mile later. He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence involving death.

Illinois nursing home issues that warrant further investigation

If you're the adult child of an aging parent who is no longer able to live independently, you may have concerns about Illinois nursing homes and how to recognize a high-quality care environment. Since you will not be present 24/7, it's understandable that you want to feel confident that the licensed facility to whom you are entrusting your loved one's care will provide a nurturing atmosphere and care that aligns with all state regulations and accepted safety standards.

There's no guarantee that one nursing home is just as good as the next; in fact, many face citations, fines and even complete shutdowns following disturbing incidents that cause injury, and in some cases, death to residents. There are numerous issues that might alert you to a possible negligence or abuse problem. It's good to be aware of such signs and also to know where to seek support if you suspect your loved one is not safe.

Large percentage of Chicago area nursing homes have deadly fungus

Many Chicago area families have loved ones who are older. As our population continues to age, the need for good care increases. Having to place a loved one in a nursing home is a hard thing for many families to have to go through. Although most people want to live at home as long as possible, many times it comes to a point where they must be placed in a nursing facility. Most of these facilities are safe and take good care of their residents, but, occasionally, these residents face serious neglect and abuse.

A scary situation is making its way through many Chicago area nursing homes. There is a drug resistant super bug that is affecting half of all Chicago nursing homes. This fungus is called Candida auris and is tricky to kill even with hospital grade disinfectants. The most serious cases of this fungus are unfortunately found in nursing facilities. It can be found on a person's skin, medical devices that are used every day, such as blood pressure cuffs, and throughout patient rooms. More than 150 people have become sick and the death rate can be as high as 60%. The Chicago area currently has a quarter of the Candida auris cases in the U.S. It is not clear which nursing homes are affected.

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