As the “new normal” of living in a global pandemic takes hold, we are seeing a host of legal questions become triggered. One large set of concerns relates to protecting the health of workers, consumers, patients and nursing home residents from the life-threatening coronavirus/COVID-19. Another set of concerns relates to protecting small businesses who are… Read More
Understaffing in Nursing Homes
Nursing Home care is only as good as the individuals that are hired to provide the care. Caring for people with various medical conditions like dementia, immobility or incontinence, is a very difficult and demanding job. Without the time to devote to each individual, it is impossible for nurses and nursing assistants to adequately do… Read More
$365,000 – Pressure Sores the Developed at a Hospital
$365,000 settlement for a 79-year-old male that was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection and developed a severe pressure sore to his sacrum/coccyx.
$842,801 – Nursing Home Hip Fracture
$842,801 nursing home verdict for an 87-year-old Chicago woman in a nursing home negligence lawsuit filed against Kenwood Healthcare Center for a fall resulting in a hip fracture, pelvic fracture and shoulder fracture.
$325,000 – Pressure Sores and Laceration to Forehead
$325,000 settlement for a 90-year-old male nursing home resident that developed an infected pressure sore to his sacrum and suffered a fall from bed resulting in a laceration to his forehead that required sutures.
$1 Million – Largest Reported Nursing Home Settlement
$1 million nursing home settlement against Winchester House for the family of an elderly woman who suffered a fall resulting in a hip fracture. At the time the settlement was reached, this was the largest reported settlement for a nursing home negligence case in Lake County, Illinois.
Legionnaire’s Disease at VA Prompts Increase in IL Court of Claims Damages Cap to $2 Million
Ever since the 1970’s, civil damage awards against the State of Illinois were limited by the Court of Claims Act to $100,000. See 705 ILCS 505/8 (2009). That $100,000 damage cap figure is tied for lowest in the country. Since July 2015, thirteen residents at the Quincy Veterans Home have died while under the care… Read More
Addressing Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you have an elderly loved one who needs skilled nursing care, you might have chosen a nursing home. No doubt you want the best care possible for your loved one. You trust the nursing home to provide professional and compassionate care. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Nursing home abuse occurs far too often…. Read More
Hemorrhage in Dialysis Access Sites
Your Blood is Filtered During Dialysis If you have endstage kidney disease, you may require dialysis. This is the most common treatment for patients with kidney failure. During dialysis, your blood is filtered through an artificial kidney, or dialysis machine, where waste products can be eliminated. Patients who are undergoing hemodialysis usually have treatment three… Read More
Compartment Syndrome Due to Medical Errors
Compartment Syndrome is a serious medical condition that requires immediate recognition and a high degree of suspicion by nurses, ER doctors, internists, and orthopedic specialists alike to prevent catastrophic injury to patients. Missed diagnosis of compartment syndrome can result in permanent nerve damage, amputation, chronic pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) renal failure and even death. Compartment syndrome often… Read More