Cook County Circuit Court Lawsuit Regarding Deadly Pressure Ulcer

The Cook County Record article of June 23, 2016, titled “Nursing home accused of negligence,” discusses a lawsuit that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against River Oaks Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center LLC, doing business as Bria of River Oaks, which is a nursing care facility.  According to the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and other insufficient measures taken in the care of Joanne Gillogg.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Gillogg experienced severe pain from a pressure ulcer that ultimately contributed to or caused her death. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide proper medical care and adequate supervision at all times to Gillogg while she was being taken care of in its facility.

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, bedsores, and bed sores) can – especially if not treated promptly and properly – lead to a variety of adverse health consequences that can directly or indirectly lead to the death of those who have them.  One of the complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the Sepsis page.

While it is not disclosed in the Cook County Record article as to the exact chain of events that happened to the decedent, in general pressure sores are painful and if not treated the worsening pressure sores can become very visually apparent, as seen in pictures of pressure sores.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Pressure Sores And Sepsis

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect of a resident at a Joliet nursing home.

The alleged negligence pertains to the development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressure sores) and then sepsis.

As further described on the sepsis page, it is possible for a person with pressure sores to be susceptible to sepsis, especially if the pressure sores are severe in nature.  Often such severe pressure sores are due to the fact that they have not been properly treated.  Untreated pressure sores is often a sign of potential nursing home neglect.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the Joliet Patch article of May 6, 2016, titled “Husband Claims Wife Died from Neglect at Joliet Nursing Home:  Lawsuit” as well as the May 6 Cook County Record article titled “Husband accuses Joliet long-term care facility of wrongful death.”

As seen in these sources, the lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against The Parc at Joliet LLC.

An excerpt from the Patch article mentioned above:

Page claims that between Jan. 30 and Aug. 19, 2014, his wife, Gloria Page, was receiving rehabilitation from the nursing home when she developed pressure sores and died May 8, 2015 from sepsis as a result of the nursing home’s neglect, according to the report.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that The Parc failed to provide quality adequate medical care, and failed to adequately monitor the condition of the resident, Gloria Page.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources including the Joliet Patch article and Cook County Record articles mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Bill Would Prohibit Anonymous Complaints Concerning Nursing Homes

Anonymous complaints concerning Illinois nursing homes would no longer be accepted, or investigated, under a bill currently in the Illinois House of Representatives.

The bill, H.B. 5601, which was introduced earlier this year, would amend the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to require identifying information about people filing neglect or abuse complaints.

Under the bill, the identifying information would be kept confidential by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  However, nursing home investigators would be able to contact people who filed complaints should they desire further information.

Two excerpts concerning the bill from the April 22, 2016 U.S. News and World Report article titled “Illinois Bill Would Require Identity of People Who Complain About Nursing Homes“:

Authorities in Illinois would not investigate anonymous calls alleging abuse or neglect at nursing homes or assisted living facilities under legislation being considered by state lawmakers, with proponents saying the measure aims to cut back on false accusations and harassment.

Those opposed to the bill, however, say it would put residents’ safety at risk.

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Complaints, meanwhile, are one of the main ways authorities can resolve potentially systemic issues within long-term care facilities. They can involve mistreatment or violence on the part of a staff member, financial exploitation, a medication error or unsanitary conditions. People who wish to file one with a state health agency often have an option to remain anonymous, at least to the facility they’re complaining against.

Additional details regarding this bill can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the U.S. News & World Report article mentioned above, as well as the April 15 State Journal-Register article titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal Bedsores

Many lawsuits regarding bedsores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) allege that negligence occurred in the treatment (or lack of) of the bedsores.  As discussed frequently on this site, bedsores that develop and worsen can lead to a variety of ill-effects with regard to one’s health.  One of the adverse health conditions that can develop is sepsis.

Many Illinois wrongful death lawsuits filed against nursing homes regard bedsores that have worsened in severity, leading to direct and indirect adverse health impacts, that at some point leads to the death of a resident.

An example of a lawsuit filed over the death of a long-term care resident who allegedly died from bedsores and their complications is seen in the April 6, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Estate Blames Bolingbrook long-term nursing facility for death.”  (The lawsuit is also discussed in the April 7 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Bolingbrook Nursing Home Sued for Negligence Leading to Death.”)

As seen in these articles, the lawsuit over the resident’s death alleges negligence as well as violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.  The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

An excerpt from the Cook County Record article:

According to the complaint, in April 2014, Phillips developed several pressure ulcers to her right heel and her hip that worsened, leading to her death Sept. 14, 2014. The plaintiff alleges Butterfield Healthcare failed to provide adequate assistance and supervision to prevent the development and worsening of multiple pressure ulcers.

Additional details regarding this Cook County nursing home lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Pressure Sores, Their Stages, And Their Significance

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has classified the severity of pressure sores based upon the degree of soft tissue damage.  As seen on the NPUAP page that describes the various pressure ulcer stages, the least severe pressure sores are considered to be Stage 1 whereas the most severe is Stage 4.

As discussed often on this site, the existence of pressure sores (also commonly referred to as bedsores, bed sores, and pressure ulcers) are problematical for many reasons.  They are cause for immense concern.  As seen in various discussions, statistics, and wrongful death lawsuits, pressure sores that are not immediately and properly treated often cause a deterioration of health that, if allowed to persist, can lead to a variety of severe health conditions, some of which can be fatal in nature.

A recent article, that of March 27, 2016 titled “Wagner Heights Nursing Center Sued” discusses a lawsuit filed regarding the level of care received in a California care facility.  In the article, an “infected Stage IV pressure ulcer” is mentioned, as is the allegations concerning the level of care that the resident, identified as Robert Lampkins, received.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including that mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Improper Handling Of Pressure Ulcers Alleged In Lawsuit

The existence of bedsores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) are notable for many reasons.  Often, such bedsores exist due to the care being provided being either insufficient and/or negligent.

However, what is especially problematical – and the source of many lawsuits against Illinois nursing homes and other similar long-term health care facilities – is if pressure sores are not properly treated after they develop.  In many cases, this leads to a further deterioration, and the many direct and indirect adverse health consequences associated with serious pressure sores can occur.

Various recent lawsuits regarding the development and worsening of pressure sores have been filed.  One such lawsuit is summarized in the Cook County Record article of January 29, 2016, titled “Suit claims nursing home’s negligence led to injuries.”  As seen in the article, various allegations are made in the lawsuit against the nursing home and its handling of a resident’s pressure sores.  The nursing home is based in Elmwood Park.  Additional details can be seen in the Cook County Record article.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Bedsores Cited In Cook County Lawsuit

The development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressures sores) is frequently cited in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  While the reasons for this are various, as discussed on this site the development of bedsores often leads to various health impairments.  This is especially so if the bedsores are ignored or not otherwise treated in a timely and complete manner.  If left untreated, bedsores can lead to serious adverse health consequences, and may – directly or indirectly – lead to death.

A recent lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, cites alleged bedsores in a nursing home resident (Edward Matthews Sr.) in a Joliet nursing home.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 9, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Son Sues Joliet Nursing Home Over Dad’s Death” as well as the February 9 Cook County Record article titled “Man sues nursing home after father’s death.”

An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article:

“During his stay, Matthews suffered from needless and preventable multiple pressure sores to his lower extremities, a Stage III pressure sore to his lower back, sepsis, pneumonia, respiratory distress and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” according to the lawsuit, as reported by the Cook County Record.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this nursing home neglect lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and Cook County Record articles mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Pressure Ulcers Cited In Illinois Wrongful Death Suit

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the death of a nursing home resident in Godfrey.

The lawsuit is discussed in thetelegraph.com article of January 30, 2016, titled “Estate sues Godfrey nursing home, claims wrongful death.”

As seen in the article, the lawsuit claims neglect in the care provided to a nursing home resident.  The formation of pressure sores is cited, as is various other factors that either cause or accompany pressure sores.

As discussed in many areas on this site, the development of pressure sores is, for many reasons, problematical.  Should pressure sores (also commonly referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers) develop, it is imperative that they be immediately and properly treated.  If they are not promptly and immediately treated, they can worsen, causing further adverse health conditions – and may lead to a fatal decline in health.

With regard to the wrongful death lawsuit cited above, two notable excerpts from The Telegraph article include:

The estate of a Godfrey woman has filed a wrongful death suit against Integrity Healthcare of Godfrey and its owners, claiming the deceased died after suffering from pressure ulcers, malnutrition, sepsis and other health problems as a result of alleged negligence.

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The plaintiff claims the facility operators failed to re-position Wheeler, failed to prevent pressure sores, failed to prevent infection of open wounds, failed to address her weight loss and failed to monitor her fluid intake, among other alleged violations.

Additional details concerning this lawsuit and its claims can be seen in various media sources, including The Telegraph article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Claims Concerning Neglect In Bedsore Lawsuits

The existence of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressures sores) is often cited in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  As discussed on this site, the development of bedsores is problematical from many perspectives.  From a health perspective, such bedsores – especially if not promptly and properly treated – often leads to various health problems.  There are many examples – some featured on this site – of bedsores that have been left untreated.  Untreated bedsores can lead to serious adverse health consequences, and may – directly or indirectly – lead to death.

The existence of bedsores is also problematical in that bedsores are often a sign of larger poor operating procedures at a nursing home or other long-term health care provider, such as an assisted living facility.  Such poor operating procedures in facilities may constitute Illinois nursing home neglect.

A recent wrongful death lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The lawsuit includes claims of skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, and pressure ulcers with necrosis.  The lawsuit is discussed in the Cook County Record article of January 29, 2016, titled “Woman sues nursing facility in father’s death.”

An excerpt from the article:

After Berry was found unresponsive on Jan. 28, 2014, the suit alleges, he was transferred to an acute care facility where he was diagnosed with dehydration, kidney damage, urinary tract infection, a heart attack, infected pressure wounds and other conditions. Once he was sent back to Lakeview on Feb. 8, 2014, the lawsuit claims, he developed additional skin breakdowns and pressure ulcers with necrosis, passing away from his injuries on Feb. 28, 2014.

Additional details regarding this lawsuit can be found in a variety of sources, including the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

Similar discussions of Illinois lawsuits regarding bedsores and pressure sores can be found in the “Illinois bed sores lawsuits” category.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Cook County Lawsuits Involving Pressure Sores

Two recently filed lawsuits filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the alleged development and worsening of pressure sores have been featured in Cook County Record articles.

The two articles are the January 14, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Glenview Terrace Nursing Center accused of violating Nursing Home Care Act.”  The second is the January 15 Cook County Record article titled “97-year-old man’s injuries trigger lawsuit against Atrium Health.”

In these articles, various injuries and adverse health conditions are alleged, including “skin breakdowns,” “pressure wounds,” and pressure ulcers.

As discussed throughout this site, the development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) is especially problematical for two main reasons.  The first is that bedsores, if not promptly and properly treated, can lead to several adverse health conditions, some of which can be life-threatening.

The second is that the mere existence of bed sores, especially those in more advanced stages, can be a sign of nursing home neglect.  Such nursing home neglect can be highly problematical, as seen in many instances of nursing home neglect mentioned in this site.

Additional details regarding these two Cook County lawsuits can be seen in the Cook County Record articles mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.