Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Case Results

$3.25 Million Settlement - Nursing Home Neglect

Cook County - Attorneys Timothy Richardson and Paul Salzetta - A disabled 57-year-old woman was recovering at a nursing facility in a northern Chicago suburb following knee surgery. On 9/24/12, she fell out of bed and suffered wound dehiscence and a patellar tendon rupture which required three repair surgeries. She developed an infection and eventually needed an above the knee amputation. The defendant argued that the plaintiff did not follow orders to stay in bed and that the plaintiff’s underlying condition would have necessitated supervisory life care planning even if the injury had not occurred. The settlement was paid by a confidential nursing home.

$2 Million Settlement - Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

This lawsuit charged that between July 2000 and May 2001, an 11-year-old girl who was a non verbal, mentally disabled resident of a long-term skilled nursing home for children and young adults suffered unwitnessed acts of sexual abuse by an unknown employee or employees. The child has cerebral palsy and the cognitive functioning of a 3-year-old. On three occasions, the girl was found unattended in unusual places at the west suburban facility and under odd circumstances, such as on the floor of the dark basement laundry room without her wheelchair. However, the nursing home denied that these incidents occurred. During this time, the child allegedly displayed behavioral changes consistent with sexual abuse. This action, which sought compensation for the child’s emotional distress and PTSD, also faulted a gynecologist who examined the girl in January 2001 but allegedly failed to properly assess and diagnose sexual abuse. The nursing home contended that if any sexual abuse occurred, the plaintiff could not prove that it took place at the facility. The gynecologist denied that any medical evaluations showed sexual abuse. Both defendents attributed the behavioral changes to peri-pubertal development.

$900,000 Settlement - Nursing Home Abuse

A female aide manhandled a 90-year-old woman who was a nonambulatory nursing home resident with severe dementia while moving her from wheelchair to bed, causing severe bruising with internal bleeding. The plaintiff’s medication, Coumadin, was discontinued due to risk of bleeding to death, and she developed blood clots causing pulmonary emobli and death 45 days later.

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