Lawsuit Claims Nursing Home Fraud And Poor Care

One of the most common criticisms of nursing homes, as well as other long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, is that such facilities do not – and can not – provide adequate levels of care due to understaffing.  This lack of staffing can be caused by many factors, including poor management, poor financial management, and fraud.

One example of this is seen in a nursing home operator that has been sued by the Federal Government, which claims that the nursing home operator filed false claims and also neglected to provide patients with with adequate and basic nursing services.  Because of this lack of care, which included lack of medications, residents allegedly suffered a number of ailments and associated pain, including pressure sores, lack of wound care, falls, dehydration and malnutrition.

The lawsuit is seen in the September 7, 2016 Department of Justice news release titled “The United States Files False Claims Act Against Six Vanguard Nursing Facilities…”  A notable excerpt from this press release include:

The United States’ complaint alleges that between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2015, the six Vanguard facilities failed to provide the most basic and essential skilled nursing services to their residents.  The lack of adequate care at the Vanguard facilities included chronic staffing and critical medical supplies shortages, failure to provide standard infection control, failure to administer medication to residents as prescribed by their physicians, failure to provide wound care as ordered by physicians, failure to adequately manage residents’ pain and providing unnecessary and excessive psychotropic medications to residents and using unnecessary physical restraints on residents.  As a result, Vanguard residents suffered pressure ulcers, falls, dehydration and malnutrition, among other harms.  The United States’ complaint further alleges that Miller, who served as the Director of Operations for Vanguard from September 2011 through August 2014, knew that resident care at the Vanguard facilities was non-existent or grossly substandard but failed to correct these problems.

Additional details regarding this lawsuit can be seen in the DOJ press release mentioned above, as well as The Tennessean article of September 7 article titled “Feds:  Patients suffered in nursing home fraud case.”

_____

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 The Deterioration Of Pressure Sores

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, bedsores, and bed sores) can lead to various adverse health consequences.  This is especially so if the pressure ulcers aren’t quickly – and properly – treated.  There have been many Illinois lawsuits regarding the alleged failure of various long-term health-care facilities (including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals) to identify and treat pressure sores in a timely manner, and in many of these incidents this alleged negligence has led to the death of the person who developed the pressure sores.  In those instances in which the person died from the worsening of pressure sores – and the decline in overall health that often results during such an occurrence – wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

A recent lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court claims that the development and worsening of pressure ulcers led to the subsequent death of the nursing home resident. This lawsuit is discussed in the July 26, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Estate administrator claims nursing home was negligent.”

As seen in the article the lawsuit claims negligence in nursing home care.  The nursing home resident (Bernice Taylor) allegedly developed pressure ulcers on her sacrum and bilateral heels.  She later died, allegedly from the deterioration in health that accompanied the worsening pressure ulcers.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

_____

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 Sepsis That Followed Pressure Sores

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, bedsores, and bed sores) can lead to various adverse health consequences, especially if the pressure ulcers aren’t quickly – and properly – treated.  Often, such pressure ulcers are very noticeable to third parties, and painful to those that have them.

One of the complications that can arise from pressure sores that are not properly and promptly treated is sepsis.  Various aspects of this affliction – which can be life-threatening and has led to many deaths – are discussed on the Sepsis page.

A recent wrongful death lawsuit claims that the development of pressure ulcers led to sepsis, and the subsequent death of the nursing home resident, is discussed in the July 27, 2016 Cook County Record article titled “Estate administrator blames nursing home for lethal disease.”

As seen in the article the wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the death of nursing home resident Thomas Shelly.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

_____

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 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.

_____

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.

_____

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.

also:

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.”

_____

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.

_____

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.

_____

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.

_____

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.

_____

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.