Yesterday a tragic Chicago nursing home fall took the life of a 57-year old resident. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on the unfortunate falling accident that occurred at the Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion, an Illinois nursing home in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest side.
The report indicates that the resident was awake much earlier than usual on Wednesday morning. A nurse saw that he was awake, however she did not investigate further. Instead she left and began her usual routine. A short time later facility staff members heard a loud noise coming from outside. After going out to determine the source, the resident was found crumpled on the ground. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the nearest hospital, but his injuries were too severe. He was pronounced dead later that morning.
When nursing home officials looked closer at what happened, it became clear that the resident has sustained a fall of 10-20 feet from his bedroom window above. The resident had tied sheets together in an “escape” attempt only to fall to his death.
Unfortunately, this resident is not the first to die in this manner. Not long ago our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti represented a victim in a similar case. A 54-year old Illinois nursing home resident died at the Lee Manor Nursing Home after falling from a window. In that case, the resident was suffering from chronic paranoid schizophrenia, was severely blind, and required ongoing supervision. Nursing home staff members were supposed to ensure that he not be allowed to flee in any way, but they failed in that regard. The windows in the man’s room were allowed to be opened enough for his attempted escape.
Our Illinois personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti work with all area nursing home residents and their families following negligent care. Many residents at these facilities are known fall risks and know flight risks. The very reason why many individuals seek care at these facilities is because of they pose those risks. When nursing homes fail to prevent that very concern they have failed in their caretaking duties.
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