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Suits blame Chicago Sunrise facilities for resident mistreatment

The unadvertised need to sustain or improve finances is behind the caring motives promoted by long-term health care facilities. Added revenue can be used to improve services or line corporate pockets. A Chicago news investigator recently learned some local assisted-living facilities have broken rules that shortchange residents’ safety. The media report reviewed the problems in […]

Lawsuit likely in 57-year-old’s hospital wandering death

We often write about cases in which doctors, nurses and hospitals are found negligent in failing to provide adequate medical care to a patient. In some cases, however, mistakes that occur in a hospital setting that pose a threat to patient safety have nothing to do with an actual medical procedure. On Sep. 21 of […]

Inadequate staffing puts high-risk infants in more danger

A study that was recently published in an issue of JAMA-Pediatrics should prompt hospitals in Chicago and throughout the U.S. to make sure they have enough nurses on staff at all times to prevent serious or fatal injuries to patients, particularly newborn babies who are born weighing less than 3.25 pounds. According to the study, […]

Investigators agree that nursing home patient was neglected

Nursing home neglect is very dangerous and may cause Chicago patients to suffer serious, disabling, or fatal injuries. This is because nursing home patients often suffer from poor health conditions, and when their conditions are not monitored or treated properly, they may be even more vulnerable to suffering additional health problems or injuries. One report […]

Nursing Negligence Archives

Nursing home neglect is very dangerous and may cause Chicago patients to suffer serious, disabling, or fatal injuries. This is because nursing home patients often suffer from poor health conditions, and when their conditions are not monitored or treated properly, they may be even more vulnerable to suffering additional health problems or injuries. Continue reading […]

Patients sue hospital after learning nurse reused syringes

Nurses in Chicago often work long shifts and are responsible for caring for many different patients who have a variety of needs. This type of work can become very stressful, and when nurses are feeling stressed or fatigued, they may end up making dangerous mistakes while caring for their patients. In order to avoid hospital […]

Lawsuit over patient’s death filed against Chicago nursing home

For some Chicago families, choosing to put a loved one or aging parent in a nursing home can be a difficult decision to make. Children of aging parents don’t want their loved ones to think that they are abandoning them, but at the same time, many families understand that they don’t have the equipment, time […]

Dozens of maggots found in Cook County nursing home patient’s ear

CBS Chicago reported last week that a lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home located in Arlington Heights for its negligence. The nursing home is accused of failing to provide a 92-year-old woman with proper care and treatment after the woman’s family learned that dozens of maggots had been living in the nursing home […]

Families should know how to watch out for nursing home abuse

The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is difficult for many families in Chicago. Families have many questions: Will my loved one be well cared for? How will my mother or father react to being moved into a nursing home? How can I make sure my loved one is not in […]

Loss of balance common factor in elderly falls, study says

When Chicago nursing home patients are neglected or not properly cared for by staff, they could suffer a number of preventable illnesses or injuries. In extreme cases, nursing home abuse and negligence can lead to fatal health complications. Some common signs of negligence in nursing homes include bed sores, rapid weight loss, dehydration and bruises. […]

Nursing homes warned to take precautions to prevent frequent falls

Last month on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had mentioned that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn had signed an important law to make our state’s nursing homes safer for patients. Starting on Jan. 1, 2013, all nurses and care providers will need to receive training to learn how to safely lift patients in order […]

Nurse accused of stealing painkillers from hospital patients

Patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities are entitled to receive top notch care every moment of every day by their nurses and doctors. Unfortunately, nursing negligence does happen in Chicago nursing homes and other medical facilities, and includes actions such as a lack of monitoring, feeding, treating and bathing patients when they are […]

Illinois nursing home blamed for resident’s fatal fall injuries

When it becomes more difficult for elderly parents to live on their own, Chicago families might consider moving a loved one into a nursing home. Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for the frail, disabled and ill to live, and families trust that these facilities will provide their loved ones with quality care. […]

Nurse burnout, short-staffing detracts from quality patient care

Chicago workers and business owners might know all too well that being short-staffed at work can negatively impact employees and their customers. When fewer workers are responsible for getting more work done, quality may lack because workers get burned out. Recent research suggests that this is exactly what happens in hospitals and assisted living facilities […]

Gov. signs new laws to protect Illinois nursing home patients

Victims of nursing home neglect or abuse certainly have a right to seek compensation for their injuries or for a loved one’s wrongful death in Chicago. Sadly, nursing home abuse or neglect often results in fatal injuries due to residents’ frail and poor medical conditions. Although obtaining compensation is important for victims of medical malpractice, […]

Son says mother died after nursing home left her outside too long

Some nursing home or assisted-living residents in Chicago require more medical care than others. For example, some patients must follow strict diets or therapy and medication regimens in order to keep their health under control. In other cases, staff might only need to make sure that a resident is getting enough exercise and is eating […]

Assisted-living patient dies because of filing error at facility

An assisted-living home resident was accidentally deprived of life-saving CPR in a shocking case ofnursing home negligence earlier this year. Why was the man deprived of CPR? The answer: a filing error. Families in Illinois who place loved ones in nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities might certainly be worried about abuse or incidents of […]

Proposed drug bill could affect Chicago nursing homes, patients

Recently, many patients, their families and lawmakers have become increasingly worried that nursing home residents in Illinois and throughout the entire U.S. are being drugged unnecessarily and sometimes dangerously. To address this concern — which could be considered nursing home abuse or neglect — a new proposal from U.S. senators would limit the off-label use […]

Nursing home neglect investigation reveals horrible conditions

Nursing home patients in Chicago and throughout the entire state of Illinois need very specific medical treatment based on their needs and conditions. When they do not receive this care or when staff does not make sure that residents are safe in nursing homes, these patients are at risk of suffering further health complications. Nursing […]

Cook County dialysis clinic blamed for patient’s wrongful death

After living in a nursing home for nearly a year, one Illinois woman’s five children were able to devise a plan to bring their mother home while also making sure that the 65-year-old woman continued to receive the medical attention and treatment she needed. “It was just…complete,” one of the woman’s daughters stated after her […]

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