When loved ones are entrusted to the care of a nursing home, we expect that their needs will be met and that they are cared for by professionals. Devastatingly, negligence and outright abuse in nursing homes are all too common. Our Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys are some of the nation’s most recognized and respected leaders in the area of nursing home negligence litigation. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys are leading the charge to create an environment where substandard care will not be tolerated.
Earlier this month, Levin & Perconti was retained by Mary Beltran of Chicago to investigate her mother’s recent death. Ester Colon, 85, was a resident at the Center Home for Hispanic Elderly in Chicago when she died on February 14th of this year.
“Ester’s family came to us for answers,” said Chicago personal injury attorney Steven Levin. “Our firm will perform a thorough investigation to determine if nursing home negligence played a role in her death.”
When nursing homes undertake to provide services to individuals, part of the responsibility that the facility takes on is the duty to supervise and protect every resident in its facility. That duty includes ensuring that the needs of every resident are met.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Humboldt Park facility at which the victim resided, is currently under investigation by at least two government agencies in response to complaints of understaffing and supply shortages that some facility workers and relatives say have created unsanitary and unsafe conditions for elderly residents.
“Owners often operate nursing homes at minimal staffing levels with limited supplies to save money,” said Levin. “This puts a strain on the employees charged with caring for residents, and makes it impossible for them to deliver appropriate care to residents. We support the workers in their call for an end to the supply shortage at the Center Home for Hispanic Elderly, and other nursing homes throughout Illinois.”
Moreover, the Chicago Tribune points out that, as of February of this year, Center Home received an overall rating of one star out of five – the lowest possible rating – from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare database, ranking the overall quality of nursing facilities. Care facilities with a rating of one star are classified as having “quality much below average,” according to the Nursing Home Compare website.
Mary Beltran, the victim’s mother, reports having to purchase adult diapers, soap, and other personal items for her mother because the nursing home failed to have them on hand. Mary remembers having found her mother soiled with her own waste at least six times since the woman had moved into the facility in October of 2011.
Mary’s mother was ultimately hospitalized with a serious urinary tract infection which had entered the woman’s blood stream; she died a week later of a pulmonary embolism. As it stands, Mary is awaiting autopsy results to determine if her mother’s infection contributed to causing her death, and whether the nursing home’s negligent care was a factor in the death.
Our Illinois nursing home negligence attorneys have obtained over $100 million in nursing home verdicts and settlements for neglected residents and their families, including a record-setting $3 million bed sore settlement. Said Chicago personal injury attorney Steve Levin, “our firm has represented hundreds of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. The root of this epidemic lies in the fact that many nursing home owners put profits before the safety and wellbeing of the people they serve.”
If you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of nursing home negligence, contact an attorney to understand your rights under the law.