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Last year, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provided some surprising results. In excess of 50% of all Americans will, at some point, need nursing home care, according to the study. The number was well above the 35% previously cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Few decisions are more challenging, and more important, than placing a loved one in a nursing home. You are entrusting the facility with one of the most important people in your life. You expect, and you should expect, that your loved one will receive proper care. When a facility fails to deliver on that promise, it may be necessary to take legal action. If that happens, be sure to reach out right away to a Chicago nursing home negligence attorney experienced in these cases.Every three months, the Illinois Department of Public Health publishes a Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators. These reports illustrate real-life examples of many of the ways in which a nursing home can fail its patients and fall short of delivering appropriate care. The most recent report, which covered the second quarter (April-June) of 2018, unfortunately showed an increase in the number of violations.

The state divides violations into categories based on the severity of their effects. Type AA violations are ones that “proximately caused” a resident’s death. Type A violations are ones from which “there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.” Type B violations are the least severe of the three.

In the second quarter, three type AA violations took place. One occurred at a facility in the small western Illinois town of Aledo. In that case, the staff failed to follow the instructions contained in the patient’s advance directive document (sometimes known as a “living will”). Even though the patient’s document said that the patient desired to receive CPR, the staff did not perform CPR when the patient needed it. The patient died at the facility.

A resident’s recent death at a Chicago-area nursing home has triggered a lawsuit against the facility, according to the Cook County Record. The deceased resident’s wife, who was also the special administrator for the estate of her husband, filed an action accusing the nursing home of his wrongful death. Unfortunately, acts of negligence occur too often in nursing homes around Illinois. In this case, the nursing home staff allegedly overdosed the man on his own medications, and that overdose contributed to his death.

The case arose from the death of John Hobart. After Hobart died, his wife sued Whitehall of Deerfield, the nursing home where her husband was a resident. The nursing home, the complaint alleged, committed negligence by failing to provide proper care to the now-deceased man. Specifically, the nursing home’s staff was negligent by failing to administer Hobart’s medications in a proper manner. Due to this lack of proper attention to the delivery of Hobart’s medications, the staff gave the man an excess of medicine, and, according to the lawsuit, this overdose contributed to Hobart’s death.

The Hobart case is not the only time recently that Whitehall has faced litigation for its alleged negligence. Last year, the Cook County Record reported on a woman named Helen Grilli, who also sued Whitehall in Cook County for negligence. According to Grilli’s lawsuit, Whitehall staff, over a period spanning roughly two and a half months, injured her by practicing careless judgment.

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