A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a Care Center in Edwardsville by the family of an elderly woman that died while she was receiving care and staying at their facility. The victim died in June of 2006, after the care center allegedly placing a narcotic patch on the victim while there was still the same type of patch on her body from a previous hospital stay. According to The Madison Record, the plaintiff claims that placing the second patch on the victim led to her overdosing and eventually to her death. The administrator of the victim’s estate filed the lawsuit back in 2007, which was within the time frame that a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the family of the victim. However, this case has been in litigation for the past six years and was just recently assigned to a Madison County Judge’s courtroom for trial which began on March 4th of this year.
The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home violated portions of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The act is in place to help protect nursing home residents and to make the care centers accountable for their actions and how they treat their patients. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home center’s staff was negligent in allowing the double patch to be placed on the victim, which was a proximate cause of the victim’s death. This means that the mistake that the nursing home staff made contributed to the victim’s death.
The care center claims that the victim had a preexisting condition that led to her death and that they did not make a mistake that led to her death. The care center also claims that the victim’s death was the result of the actions of other individuals and not as a result of any actions on the care center’s part.
It is important that medical professionals and doctors and nurses be held accountable for their actions, and if they make a mistake as a result of their negligence that the family of the victim has an opportunity to recover from the negligent party. If you have a loved one who died while at a nursing home or care center and you feel that it happened as a result of negligence on the part of the hospital staff, please contact our Illinois wrongful death attorneys today to discuss what legal remedies may be available to you and your loved ones.