Cook County Lawsuit Alleges Pressure Sore Formation

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an Illinois nursing home regarding the alleged treatment received by a nursing home resident.  The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against Symphony of Crestwood by Robert Hudson on behalf of his late wife, Catherine Hudson.

Various deficiencies of care are alleged in the lawsuit, as are various injuries and pressures sores that Catherine Hudson sustained.

An excerpt from the April 21, 2015 Oak Forest Patch article titled “Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Crestwood Nursing Home“:

Robert Hudson, of Chicago, filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of his late wife, Catherine Hudson on Friday afternoon in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The suit was filed against Symphony of Crestwood, a nursing home located at 14255 South Cicero Avenue in Crestwood, Ill. The suit alleged that Symphony was responsible for Catherine’s development of pressure sores, a knee fracture, and the improper reinsertion of a gastrostomy tube that caused an infection and eventually led to her death.

Another excerpt:

“I visited the nursing home often, sometimes four or five times a week,” said Robert Hudson, Catherine’s husband. “One of my major concerns was bed sores and during care plan meetings, I requested countless times that the staff and administrators get her out of bed. When they did get her out of bed, it was very infrequent and of short duration. She would smell of urine and feces from time to time…”

The Daily Southtown (Chicago Tribune) article of April 21, 2015, titled “Crestwood nursing home sued over woman’s death” also discusses the lawsuit and its allegations regarding nursing home neglect.  An excerpt:

Hudson had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and required assistance with daily activities, and the staff at the nursing home had developed a plan of care to address her needs, but that plan wasn’t adhered to by staff members, according to the lawsuit.

Additional details regarding this Circuit Court Of Cook County nursing home lawsuit can be found in the Patch and Chicago Tribune 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.

Bedsore Development In Short-Term Rehabilitation Care

On April 14, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag.”

The article focuses on how some nursing homes are focusing on offering short-term rehabilitation services, even though the quality of care may not be adequate.

An excerpt:

But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness, rather than long-term care at the end of life.

Even as nursing homes are busily investing in luxury living quarters, however, the quality of care is strikingly uneven. And it is clear that many of the homes are not up to the challenge of providing the intensive medical care that rehabilitation requires. Many are often short on nurses and aides and do not have doctors on staff.

A report released in 2014 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found that 22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm as a result of their medical care. An additional 11 percent suffered temporary injury. The report estimated that Medicare spent $2.8 billion on hospital treatment in 2011 because of harm experienced in nursing facilities.

The article cites two examples of those who have allegedly developed bedsores after not receiving proper care.  An excerpt regarding nursing home care received by Dr. Lois Johnson-Hamerman, who went into a Philadelphia nursing home:

But just one month after arriving at Watermark for short-term rehabilitation of an injured foot in 2012, Johnson-Hamerman ended up in the emergency room with a severe bedsore that had become dangerously infected. Far from the service she said she had been promised, she said the workers never gave her a full bath or shower, were slow to respond to her requests to have her diaper changed and did not turn her every few hours, a crucial step in preventing bedsores.

Additional details can be found in the New York Times 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.