Chicago injury lawyer Steven M. Levin and associate Scott J. Richard of the personal injury firm Levin & Perconti filed an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit against Hinsdale nursing home ManorCare Health Services in the Circuit Court of Cook County on Wednesday. The Chicago nursing home lawyers filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family of a 74 year-old woman who died of acute renal failure caused by dehydration less than one month after being admitted to the nursing home’s special dementia unit. The Illinois Department of Public Health has cited the nursing home for improper care.
The nursing home neglect victim suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, but was ambulatory, active, and alert. Upon admission to Manorcare, the 74 year-old woman was happy; but within forty-eight hours, she was prescribed Ativan, a sedative, and four days later Seroquel, an anti-psychotic. Nonetheless, the staff at the Illinois nursing home assured the woman’s family that she would not be overly sedated. They also assigned the victim to a wheelchair with a restraint, explaining to the family that it was only a temporary measure until the 74 year-old woman became comfortable at the facility. However, in the days following the admission, the 74 year-old woman’s family noticed that she was excessively drowsy and confused. Her condition quickly declined; she began losing weight and having trouble swallowing.
Chicago personal injury attorney Steve Levin stated that the nursing home’s “deliberate misuse of medication caused her to become so dehydrated that her kidneys failed. ManorCare had a duty to protect her well-being and dignity, but neglected to monitor her condition or provide her with even the basic necessities.” The victims son told the TribLocal reporter that he knows a lawsuit will not bring his mother back, but he and his family felt compelled to let others know of the potential hazards at nursing facilities.
The Chicago Tribune discussed that the family seeks damages in excess of $50,000 on each of the seven counts in the Illinois nursing home neglect lawsuit. Suburban Life Publications contacted ManorCare who stated that once they receive the lawsuit, they will review it and respond accordingly.
More information on the nursing home abuse lawsuit is available at the Levin & Perconti website. Additional details on the wrongful death lawsuit and the nursing home neglect are also available at Chicago Tribune, TribLocal, and MySuburban Life.