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Two Naperville Natives Killed at Astroworld Festival in Houston

The Astroworld Festival in Houston was a much-anticipated event this year, with music fans flocking to the large concert. Unfortunately, this year’s concert ended in tragedy. At least eight people died and considerably more suffered from serious injuries while rapper Travis Scott performed on the night of Friday, November 6th. What Is the Astroworld Festival? …

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What Is The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

Regional Ombudsmen Serve as Lifeline for Nursing Home Residents – And So Much More Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA), every state must have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system. Each state has an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Office), headed by a …

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Who Is Looking Out For Alzheimer’s Patients & Dementia Residents?

New Alzheimer’s Drug Could Receive National Coverage Policy, Now Under Medicare Review On July 12, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the opening of a National Coverage Determination (NCD) analysis. The government agency says the process will allow an advanced and careful review to determine whether Medicare will establish a national …

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Should Nursing Homes Come With An Antipsychotic Drug Warning?

Harmful Medication Overuse Often First Line of Defense for Managing Behaviorally Challenged Nursing Home Residents There is excessive and unnecessary use of antipsychotics and psychoactive medications in U.S. nursing homes. These powerful drugs are sometimes given to patients living in long-term care facilities to calm behaviors associated with behavior disruptions and mental health illnesses. Antipsychotics …

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Is Your Premature Baby Suffering From A Brain Injury?

Premature Babies, Brain Injuries and Cerebral Palsy Birth injuries can uncover a medical mistake that was likely the cause of a preventable traumatic experience to a mom, an unborn fetus, or a newborn. This is especially true in early deliveries that could have been prevented with closer obstetric care and caution. Your baby may have been premature if …

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Care Missteps Lead to Heat-Related Injuries Among Nursing Home Residents During Summer Months

Identifying Heat-Related Stress and Dehydration Injuries in Nursing Home Populations During the Summer Months When you help your loved one find a nursing home, you should feel it is a safe place no matter their risk factors for injury and illness. The facility staff members should be trusted to care for your relatives and friends …

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Drug-Resistant Fungus Spreads Inside Nursing Home Amid COVID Battle

Candida Auris Is an Invasive Fungi That is Spreading in Health Care Settings and Proving to Be Drug-Resistant On Thursday, July 22, 2021, U.S. health officials presented evidence that an untreatable fungus is now spreading in two Dallas-area hospitals and inside a nursing home located in Washington, D.C. Candida auris is a super bacterium the …

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Texas Gas Leak Explosion Leaves Multiple Wounded

Texas Gas Leak Explosion Leaves Multiple Wounded A suspected gas leak is thought to be the cause of an explosion that destroyed multiple houses and injured six people in Plano, Texas earlier this week. On the afternoon of Monday, July 16th, an unexpected explosion occurred in a house occupied by a single male resident. The resident of …

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Experienced Leader in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law, Steven Levin Raises Continued Concern for Covid Long-Term Care Failures

As coronavirus continues to sweep through the Nation, it leaves a trail of death and despair in its wake — hitting particularly hard throughout the Nation’s nursing home communities. According to a special report from the New York Times, almost one-third of all overall COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are linked to nursing homes and …

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Another Nursing Home Operator Headed To Prison For Fraud

Virginia Nursing Home Operator Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud In Norfolk, Virginia, the operator of Turning Points Residential Care has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding Medicaid. According to July 2, 2021 court documents, 47-year-old Lopez Scott submitted more than $188,000 in false claims for a residential nursing facility his business was …

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12 Quick Facts That Could Support Your Birth Injury Lawsuit

12 Quick Facts That Could Support Your Birth Injury Lawsuit According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most birth injuries are avoidable when risks have been identified, preventative steps are made to reduce complications, and appropriate care has been provided. And while some minor injuries to a fetus and newborn may occur and can resolve …

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People With Chicago Ties Are Missing In Miami Building Collapse

Three People Connected to the Greater Chicago-Area Still Unaccounted For After Florida Condo Collapse On Friday, June 25, 2021, The Chicago Tribune reported that more than 150 people were missing after a high-rise condominium partially collapsed near Miami Beach early Thursday. It’s estimated that 55 of the 136 residential units were affected. According to local officials, at least four …

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12 Symptoms Of An Infant Spinal Cord Injury After Birth

Spinal Cord Injuries Require Coordinated Diagnostic Infant Care Spinal cord injuries in newborns are usually due to excessive traction or rotation of the spinal cord and twisting of a baby’s trunk during delivery. They can be caused by vacuum extraction or the misuse of instruments such as forceps. A physician trying to manipulate a fetus’ …

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More Than 100 Chicago-Area Nursing Homes Still Have Open COVID Outbreaks

120 Cook County Nursing Homes Still Reporting Open COVID-19 Outbreaks in June 2021 Despite the distribution and availability of vaccines, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is still reporting over 100 current coronavirus outbreaks involving one or more cases in the past 28 days in Cook County long-term care facilities. The COVID-19 outbreaks include …

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Ex-Nursing Home Worker Speaks Up Amid Foster Health Abuse And Neglect News

Chicago North Side Nursing Home Facing Heavy Accusations of Neglect and Abuse News reports and interviews with a former Foster Health and Rehabilitation employee reveal just how terrible conditions and resident treatment are at the North Side nursing home. Just days before, reports and a shocking video of abuse shook residents and family members after …

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Freeport Nursing Home Sued For Gross Negligence That Caused Man’s Death

Freeport Nursing Home Man’s Death Certificate Now Reads ‘Gross Negligence’ A nursing home in Freeport, Illinois, Pearl Pavilion, is facing a lawsuit after the family of one deceased resident says the facility is responsible for the 56-year-old man’s untimely death. The family of Keith Printz, who was being provided care at the home located at …

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Chicago Law Firm Supports Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Join Levin & Perconti by Going Purple Today, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Illinois, more than 230,000 are battling the disease. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, they will require more care, patience, and support as they grow older. …

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After Stroke, Nursing Home Residents Need Extra Support

Nursing Home Residents Require Additional Rehabilitative Care After Suffering from a Stroke If someone living in a nursing home has a stroke, they should be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than remain in the nursing home. The resident may need intensive, multidisciplinary treatment, and initial rehabilitation should take place in a facility equipped …

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Advocating For Older Americans and Supporting Post-Pandemic Relief

After A Disastrous 2020, Please Make Time to Recognize Older Adult Communities People age 65 and older represent around 16% of the population but are expected to grow to be 21.6% of the population by 2040. And in each community, these older adults will remain a key source of importance – even when they become …

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My Baby Was Born With A Broken or Fractured Bone

Medical Professionals Must Provide Sensitive Care to Avoid Infant Bone Fractures Obstetric staff who choose to use excessive force during labor and delivery may sometimes cause other more severe problems to a newborn, such as bone fractures. These injuries most likely could have been avoided by providing closer attention to the mother and fetus and …

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Did Your Loved One Wander From An Illinois Nursing Home?

With More Nursing Home Residents Vaccinated Against Coronavirus, Summer Season Calls Greater Attention to Wandering Risk As Illinois continues to open up and more of the state’s population becomes vaccinated from COVID-19, including those over 65 living in skilled nursing facilities, it is expected that many individuals will want to spend time outdoors to help …

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What To Do If You See Neglected Residents On Social Media

Nursing Home Workers Should Report Social Media Posts That Violate Residents’ Rights Nursing home employees are crucial in helping identify violators of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, including the reporting of other workers who choose to document and publish these unforgiveable acts on popular social media platforms. If you are aware of any harassing video, …

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Should Illinois Nursing Homes Require Virtual Visit Options?

Illinois Lawmakers Introduce “COVID-19 Safety Net” Bill Until In-Person Visitation Resumes There have been over 70,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois nursing homes and over 10,300 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began. Sadly, nearly half of the state’s total death count has been nursing home residents. Many were never able to see their loved ones …

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Proving Medical Negligence In A Premature Delivery

Is Premature Infant Death Preventable? As many as 1 million deaths are the cause of preterm birth complications each year, making it the leading cause of death among children under five years of age in the United States. One of the most common causes of neonatal death is premature birth, as are low birth weight and congenital disabilities. …

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10 Questions That Reveal A Nursing Home’s Staffing Issues

U.S. Nursing Homes Must Do More to Recruit, Train, and Retain CNAs Understaffed nursing home teams have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic, especially certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who consist as much as 40% of a nursing home’s workforce. These employees support the daily needs of residents and long-term care patients, such as dressing, bathing, food …

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Report Says Illinois Veterans’ Deaths Were Result Of Ultimate COVID Care Failures

Report Shows Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gravely Affected Resident Exposure to COVID-19 at LaSalle Nursing Home The Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its investigative report identifying the causes behind the massive COVID-19 outbreak in the fall of 2020 at the state-run veterans’ Home in LaSalle. The long-awaited …

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200 Black Fetal and Infant Deaths Could Be Prevented Each Year

Black Infant Mortality Rate Has Remained Unchanged Since 2008 Each year in Illinois, approximately 145,000 live-born infants, and 950 infants die before their first birthday. While the overall infant mortality rate for Illinois infants decreased almost 25% between 2000 and 2018, approximately two-thirds of all infant deaths still occurred during the neonatal period and disproportionally …

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Quincy Veterans Home Resident Suffers From Fall Injury

Preventable Fall Injury Highlighted in Survey at Illinois Veterans Home In Quincy, the Illinois Veterans Home recently reported a resident fall incident on March 15, 2021, to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH). According to a follow-up survey led by the state on March 27, 2021, a resident (R1) was injured from a fall after …

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2021 List Of The Worst Illinois Nursing Homes

3 Illinois Nursing Homes Are Stuck on Government List for Ongoing Poor Quality Ratings and Care Citations A recent effort sponsored by Pennsylvania senators Pat Toomey and his counterpart Bob Casey shows that the nation’s most troubled nursing homes require expanded support, specific to expanding the Special Focus Facility program and the list provided by The …

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Learn More About Sexual Abuse in Illinois Nursing Homes

April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month: How to Report Sexual Assault in Nursing Homes Any touching, fondling, or form of sexual activity when the person cannot understand, is unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced is considered sexual abuse. And according to the Administration for Community Living, on average, there are over 1,000 complaints of …

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COVID Outbreak At Illinois Veterans Home Took Life of Korean War Vet

Levin & Perconti Attorneys Represent Family of Korean War Veteran Who Died During Veterans Home COVID-19 Outbreak In a wrongful death lawsuit filed against The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Levin & Perconti Law Firm is representing the estate of 90-year-old Korean War veteran Richard Cieski. In November 2020, Mr. Cieski was a resident who …

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Brookdale Senior Living Sued For Violating Patient Discharge Laws

The Nation’s Largest Senior Living Operator Sued for Wrongfully Discharging Patients California’s attorney general, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, and local officials are suing ten of Brookdale Senior Living Inc.’s California-based skilled nursing facilities. The suit alleges that the nation’s largest senior living home operator had misled consumers on quality ratings and broke laws intended to …

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How Do I Choose The Best Nursing Home For My Mom or Dad?

Ask These Questions Before Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One 2020 did its best to reveal the most alarming care deficiencies throughout the country’s nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Unfortunately, the pandemic, in some cases, was allowed to target the elderly and nursing home population brutally. While nursing homes and assisted living …

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Patient Safety Book Highlights COVID Nursing Home Care

Medical Malpractice Briefing Includes Facts on U.S. Nursing Home Industry’s Failed Response To COVID The 2021 update to the briefing book Medical Malpractice: By The Numbers, published by the Center for Justice & Democracy (CJ&D) at New York Law School, has been released and includes the latest statistics and research on issues related to medical malpractice, …

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Nursing Assistants Carry Heaviest Load In Providing Quality Resident Care

COVID-19 Proved Just How Unsupported Nursing Assistants Are at U.S. Long-Term Care Facilities According to the National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center, more than 600,000 nursing assistants provide personal care, assistance with daily activities, and clinical support for 1.4 million nursing home residents nationwide. In a revealing editorial by the Co-Founder & CEO of the National Association of Health Care …

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The American Rescue Plan Could Improve U.S. Long-Term Care

Justice in Aging: How The American Rescue Plan Helps Older Adults More than 45% of Americans over 65 have trouble meeting their basic needs. As a new administration works to provide COVID-19 relief to older adults, many of who are reliant on Medicaid funding for their health care, including long-term care, a fifth COVID-19 relief package, the American …

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Are Illinois Nursing Homes Vaccinating All Residents?

Older Adults in Illinois Long-Term Care Settings Should Be Vaccinated with Sense of Urgency It’s been nearly three months since COVID-19 vaccines have been made available for Illinois nursing home residents and staff, making them a priority in the long line of vaccine recipients across the state. Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health …

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Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Can Lead To Infant Paralysis

Birth Injuries Can Cause Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Paralysis in Newborn The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves located in an infant’s body’s upper shoulder and neck area. The nerves can be damaged when the site is pulled or pinched during labor and delivery. Brachial plexus injury (BPBI) remains the leading cause of infants’ …

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After A Private Nursing Home Acquisition, What Happens to Patient Care?

University of Chicago Researchers Say Privately Invested Nursing Homes Have Increased Death Rates Among Residents Researchers at the University of Chicago, Penn, and NYU have been busy studying Medicare data covering more than 18,000 nursing home facilities nationwide. Their review includes about 1,700 facilities that were bought through private equity from 2000 to 2017. Total private …

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Are Nursing Home Visits Allowed in Illinois Yet?

New Federal Guidelines Expand Visitation Options in Some Illinois Nursing Homes, Families Should Lookout for Signs of Abuse or Neglect Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission within nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has been high, related outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes are down, according to a report by The American Health Care …

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Brain Injury Awareness Month, Infant Asphyxia, & Cerebral Palsy

Brain Injury Awareness Month Serves as a Reminder for Medical Professionals to Work Harder in Preventing Birth Injuries March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The birth injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti and their families would like to acknowledge and support the 5.3 million Americans living with a brain injury, including the 2 out of …

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Poor Staffing Contributed to Nursing Home COVID Deaths

New Study Highlights Ongoing Issues with High Staff Turnover as Major Contributor to COVID Nursing Home Deaths As almost all U.S. nursing homes are working to vaccinate residents and staff, ongoing issues impacting the care residents require are proving to be the cause behind some of the most horrendous coronavirus neglect cases and disastrous infectious disease …

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U.S. Lawmakers Begin To Introduce Nursing Home Reform Bills

Legislators Send Nursing Home Reform Package to New York Governor in Response to Disastrous COVID-19 Care New York state, once ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic and where long-term care tragedies have left many in shock, may soon become the new epicenter for nursing home care reform. State lawmakers began passing several measures on Feb. …

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Illinois’ Detention Shelters Must Protect Migrant Children

What Do You Know About the Migrant Shelters Around Chicago? Thousands of children remain detained by Customs and Border Protection and ICE, and horrific stories of abuse and neglect continue to erupt from the centers these young migrants have been forced to call home. For more than 20 years, Chicago has been the temporary home …

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Nursing Home Falls Are No. 1 Cause of Resident Brain Injuries

Fall-Related Brain Injuries Go Unnoticed Too Often in Nursing Home Residents March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) acquired their irreversible injury due to severe trauma – typically when the head violently hits an object or an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. …

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How To Know If Your Loved One Is Malnourished, Dehydrated

March is National Nutrition Month – Nursing Home Negligence Can Lead to Malnutrition and Dehydration In long-term care and post-acute care settings, malnutrition is often a result of ongoing neglect by caretakers who do not offer enough food or do not monitor proper nutrient consumption either by the mouth or a feeding device. And although …

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Pennsylvania Officials Face Lawsuit After Police Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Man

Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After Police Shooting of Ricardo Muñoz Attorneys Steven Levin, Daisy Ayllon, and Julie Murphy from Levin & Perconti in Chicago are representing the family of Ricardo Muñoz in a wrongful death suit against the Lancaster Police Department and local officials. The team is working alongside Michael Perna and Ryan Borchik …

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Does Labor Induction Lead to Birth Injuries?

The Connection Between Labor Inducing Drugs and Birth Injuries According to research provided through the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF), up to 50% of all birth injuries to mothers and babies are avoidable with proper planning and better care. And a woman’s doctors or medical team may be responsible for those injuries if they allow labor and delivery …

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Black Maternal Health Especially Tragic In Illinois

New Legislation Aimed to Save Lives and Reduce Disparities Impacting Mortality in Black Mothers and Black Babies Women of color, more so non-Hispanic Black mothers, suffer adverse maternal health outcomes at disproportionately high rates, as much as 3 to 4 times those of their white counterparts. In response, the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 has been unveiled …

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Chicago Area Still Seeing Daily COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths

Illinois Nursing Home Residents Still Battling COVID-19 Challenges, Pandemic Concerns Remain High in Cook County On Feb. 25, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,884 new coronavirus disease cases. And while 130,000 doses of vaccine were administered across the state, the greatest group of individuals at risk of deadly exposure remain the elderly …

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Proposed Bill Would Hold Tech Platforms Accountable For Wrongful Death

Proposed SAFE TECH ACT Could Help Safeguard Against Fraud, Abuse, and Exploitation of Online Users With so many more individuals, organizations, and private companies using mostly online-based and platform-mediated channels to reach communities and consumers, many of us have started to question the safeguards and civil rights protections regarding who is responsible for abusing or …

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Illinois Nursing Homes Fined For 2020 Care Violations

State Releases Final Report of Illinois Nursing Home Violators in 2020 The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released its last quarterly report of nursing home violators for 2020. This report dates October 2020 thru December 2020 and reflects quarter-four surveys and inspections. It highlights facilities cited for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act, public …

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As Vaccines Roll-In, Nursing Home Care Quality Must Not Be Forgotten

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Showing Improvement in Illinois Nursing Home Infections Finally, as more and more vaccines are being distributed by CVS Health and Walgreens and now received by Illinois’ most vulnerable residents against the coronavirus, the majority of the state’s 1,800 long-term care sites have now completed their first round of shots. The CDC reported on a …

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25 Alarming Problems Illinois Nursing Homes Have

2021 Justice in Aging Guide Identifies 25 Ongoing Nursing Home Problems State-licensed elder care and rehabilitation centers in Illinois may include assisted living facilities, and residential or personal care homes. Unfortunately, hundreds of investigations into these facilities continue to reveal these 25 repetitive problems noted by the Justice in Aging. The organization’s newly published 2021 list points …

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How Many COVID-19 Infections Have Been Linked to Nursing Homes?

Part 1: Illinois Nursing Homes with High COVID-19 Case Numbers (Facilities A thru L) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 40% of coronavirus deaths nationwide have occurred in long-term care facilities. And numbers show more than half of Illinois COVID-19 infections have occurred at nursing homes, while 43% of all COVID-19 …

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Nursing Home Operators Steal Resident Stimulus Payments

Nursing Homes Do Not Have a Right to Resident Stimulus Funds Unfortunately, financial abuse is a common problem in nursing homes across the country, including right here in Illinois. And after thousands of reports to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we now know that some nursing home facilities and long-term care homes are attempting to …

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Bloomington Nursing Home Responsible For Negligent COVID Care That Led To Resident’s Death

Levin & Perconti Representing Bloomington Family After COVID-19-Related Nursing Home Death In May 2020, Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health, located at 1925 South Main Street in Bloomington, was home to a COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in 59 confirmed cases among staff and residents and the death of 11 residents. Levin & Perconti is representing the family …

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Research Shows Alarming Disparity Gap In Infant Mortality Rates

New Research May Provide Answers to Lessening Mortality Rate in Black Babies An associate professor and reproductive health equity researcher from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has released her medical research that examined decades of hospital birth records between 1992 and 2015, looking for clues as to why Black babies have such high …

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COVID Vaccine Questions For Illinois Nursing Home Residents

Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines for Illinois Nursing Home Families Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), consistent with federal agency standards, recommends residents of long-term care facilities be included among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for residents of long-term care facilities has been …

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Chicago Nursing Home Mogul Mitigates Fraud Sentence

Former Chicago Nursing Home Executive Has Sentence Commuted After Found Guilty of Largest U.S. Medicare Fraud Scheme Philip Esformes, who used to be a well-known Chicago-area nursing home mogul, also known as the King of Medicaid Fraud, was released from prison after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence on December 22, 2020. The Presidential commutation …

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List of Episiotomy Complications and Related Birth Injuries

Childbirth Injuries Related to Unnecessary Episiotomy Episiotomies can create lasting injuries and make sexual intercourse painful, if not impossible, and prevent women from wanting to have more children with worries about another childbirth. And while episiotomy rates are dropping in the U.S. due to these known risks, some doctors are still routinely performing them. The American …

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LaSalle Veterans’ Home Families Sue Over COVID Deaths

Levin & Perconti Represents Families Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ home in LaSalle, several investigations, and the subsequent firing of the home’s administrator, has triggered legal action directed at Illinois officials by the families of at least five dead residents. Levin & Perconti will represent …

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Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sex Crimes

Fashion Executive Charged with Sex Trafficking Crimes Against Women and Young Girls On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. attorney’s office, the F.B.I., and the New York Police Department charged an influential and wealthy fashion executive with sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, and several other related crimes that involved dozens of women and girls as young as …

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8 Facts Illinois Parents Must Know About Birth Injuries

8 Birth Injury Facts Parents Must Know According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most birth injuries are avoidable when appropriate care is available. And while some minor injuries to newborns may occur and can resolve without treatment, a birth injury is better defined as the structural destruction or functional deterioration of an infant’s body …

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U.S. Continues Trend For Highest Maternal Death Rates

Latest CDC Data Shows U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Highest Among Comparable Countries A recent analysis of the latest issue brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that most maternal deaths are preventable but continue to be increasing in the United States compared to 10 high-income countries. The data is being used …

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3 Steps To Take If Your Child Has a Birth Injury

Do These 3 Things If You or Your Child Were Injured During Pregnancy or the Labor and Delivery Process Nearly 28,000 babies are born with a birth injury each year across the U.S. That equates to 2,333 per month, 538 per week, 76 per day, and 3 per hour, according to the National Healthcare Quality Report (AHRQ). AHRQ researchers say about half of those could have …

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Police Mistakes Led To Mentally Ill Man’s Death

Levin & Perconti Represents Family Who Lost Mentally Ill Son in Deadly Encounters with Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin and Daisy Ayllon are representing the family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by police in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Chicago-based legal team says police made numerous mistakes …

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Inspections of Illinois’ Worst Nursing Homes Show Abuse & Neglect

Nursing Homes Cited for Mistreatment Are Flagged with Special Icon on Government Website In 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System via The Nursing Home Compare website added a new tool to help better identify elder-care facilities with extreme and troublesome care failures. When visiting the site, the most troubled …

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Questions About Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements When an individual or a family member has to make the difficult decision about residing in a nursing home, often in emergencies, they should not be forced to sign away their legal rights through mandatory arbitration agreements. But nursing homes often present residents with …

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Premature Labor and Preventable Birth Injuries

Premature Babies Have Significant Birth Injury Risk of the Brain Premature babies, especially those born very early, often have complicated medical problems and face many challenges, including a high risk of birth injuries, such as brain damage. These injuries can be the source of great emotional distress as well as extreme financial hardship, especially when …

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Southern Illinois Nursing Home Reports COVID-19 Outbreak

Nursing Home Outbreak at Stearns Facility Points to Sick Care Workers An Illinois nursing home in Madison County is under investigation related to a COVID-19 outbreak that has killed 12 people and infected more than 100. Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 2900 Stearns Avenue in Granite City. The 109-bed home operates as a lower quality, …

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Early Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Offers Greater Opportunity for Targeted Interventions

Cerebral palsy can be the result of a birth injury or abnormal development during or after pregnancy, caused by infection, fetal or pediatric stroke, undiagnosed maternal health problems, premature birth, and asphyxia, allowing brain damage to occur before, during, or after childbirth. Health care providers may be responsible for a cerebral palsy injury or found negligent …

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Understanding Infant Wrongful Death in Illinois

Understanding Infant Wrongful Death Even medical professionals can cause tragic labor and delivery mistakes that result in life-long injuries, stillborn, or a circumstance so dire that a newborn death is a result. It is possible that medical staff, including obstetric physicians, pediatricians, nurses, medical assistants, did not do all they could to keep the fetus …

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Meadowbrook Nursing Home Is Still Battling COVID-19

Meadowbrook Manor Reports Another COVID-19 Death, Highest Case Rate in Will County The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports another COVID-19 death at Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook in Will County. The facility has been home to 41 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with the majority related to an outbreak in May. This is the …

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PICU Nurse Distractions Can Cause Medication Errors

Report Shows PICU Nurse Distractions from Work Phones Could Be Cause of Medication Errors A late 2019 research study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that not only are pediatric nurses multitasking and overworked in intensive care units (ICU), they are receiving too many distracting calls on their work phones that may lead to mistakes in administering medications to …

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Newborn Shoulder Injuries Can Cause Permanent Damage

Illinois Boy Recovers $8 Million in Damages for Birth Injury When a baby’s delivery is delayed or the infant becomes lodged at birth, serious complications and injuries can arise. A more common injury in this situation is to the nerve bundles in the infant’s shoulder, which can become pinched, stretched, or pulled. As a result, …

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Labor Inducing Drugs, Maneuvers May Injure Baby and Mom

Injuries to Infant Can Occur During Labor Induction Mistakes Many mothers are needlessly dying during labor or their babies sustaining life-altering injuries because of medical mistakes and a routine of poor care. And while most of the complications women and newborns are experiencing develop during pregnancy and are mostly treatable, tragic events continue to unfold during …

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Some Illinois Nursing Homes Now Open For Visitors

As Illinois Nursing Homes Allow for Outdoor Visitors, Family Members Can Look Out for Signs of Distress COVID-19 is still spreading in Illinois with officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reporting 715 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, June 24, while deaths increased by 64. That brings the total cases in Illinois to …

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Alden Terrace of McHenry Illinois: COVID-19 Summary

On June 11, 2020, Alden Terrace of McHenry, located in McHenry, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 78 infections and 11 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Based on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Quarterly Reports of Nursing …

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Alden Estates of Naperville: COVID-19 Summary

On June 9, 2020, Alden Estates of Naperville, located in Naperville, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 90 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. On May 1, 2020, the Chicago Tribune posted an article detailing the issues surrounding Alden …

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Man Dies at Symphony of Joliet After COVID-19 Outbreak

Illinois Nursing Home Lawyers File Lawsuit Against Symphony Care Network Levin & Perconti is representing an Illinois family speaking out for their 84-year-old father after the man died at a hospital just days after contracting COVID-19. At the time of his death, Mr. Mitchell was a resident at Symphony of Joliet, a long-term care facility owned …

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Villa at Windsor Park Chicago: COVID-19 Summary

Villa at Windsor Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 153 COVID infections and 37 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 5, 2020, Villa at Windsor Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak …

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Chicago’s Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion: COVID-19 Summary

On June 6, 2020, Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 219 infections and 32 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Article A May 6, 2020 article by ABC 7 Chicago noted claims that the facility …

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Peterson Park Health Care Center: COVID-19 Summary

On June 5, 2020, Peterson Park Health Care Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 208 infections and 32 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Reports: Based on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Quarterly Reports of …

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Mosaic of Lakeshore Chicago: COVID-19 Summary

On May 15, 2020, Mosaic of Lakeshore, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 105 infections and 19 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations In Quarter 1 of 2020 (January-March), a survey conducted on November 7, …

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10 Signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementias

10 Alzheimer’s or Dementia Warning Signs and Symptoms to Watch For According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills can start an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Sometimes the diagnosis is missed though if a physician fails to seek further medical opinions or perform the right tests. The Association provides …

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City View MultiCare Center: COVID-19 Summary

On May 15, 2020, City View MultiCare Center, located in Cicero, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statistics confirm that the 242 infections and 10 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Article A recent article by the Chicago Sun Times published on April 28, …

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Illinois Nursing Home Deaths Reach Horrific Numbers

State Data Shows Illinois Nursing Home Residents Are Dying at Most Alarming Rate Yet In the most recent data released by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials, the state’s nursing-home residents are contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at their highest reported rates yet. Over the past week (December 11-18), public health regulators have …

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Illinois Hospitals Open For Elective Surgeries & Outpatient Procedures

As Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Procedures Resume, Medical Mistakes Will Return Most elective surgeries and non-emergent outpatient visits have been put on hold since mid-March, when the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended canceling these procedures in response to preventing the potential exposure to coronavirus. As of May, many Illinois hospitals have returned to scheduling and …

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How Fetal Ultrasounds Can Prevent Birth Injuries

Mistakes in Fetal Ultrasound Readings Can Have Devastating Effects During Labor & Delivery Most women will undergo several minimally invasive fetal ultrasounds during her pregnancy to produce images of the inside of her womb and her unborn child. The images, called sonograms, can provide a closer look at a baby’s internal organs, physical features, size, …

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Spinal Cord Injuries Require Coordinated Diagnostic Infant Care

Spinal cord injuries in newborns are usually a result of excessive traction or rotation of the spinal cord and twisting of a baby’s trunk during delivery, and can be caused by vacuum extraction or the use of instruments such as forceps. A physician who is trying to deliver and manually manipulate positions quickly may further …

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How COVID-19 Is Temporarily Changing the Way Medicare Does Business

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken over the American healthcare system as a response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic by creating new rules and waivers of pre-coronavirus operations related to Medicare. CMS says the swift changes will help “local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to absorb and effectively …

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Medical Groups Race to Identify COVID-19 Risks to Mom and Baby

Many expectant parents are now facing a new reality and uncertainty about the health care risks related to coronavirus exposure. So far, According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, current data on COVID-19 does not suggest pregnant women are at greater risk of getting the virus but similar to other respiratory infections, they are …

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FDA: Pfizer and Mylan EpiPens & EpiPen Jrs Prove to Cause Serious Harm

While the purpose of medical devices is to prevent injury and save lives, mistakes continue to be made, and patients become hurt. On Tuesday, March 24, the Food and Drug Administration let out a swift warning that the EpiPen 0.03mg (epinephrine auto-injector) and EpiPen Jr 0.15mg are malfunctioning and causing serious problems that could cause death …

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Steven Levin Speaks with Chicago’s ABC7 About Coronavirus and Understaffed Nursing Homes

As of March 19, public health officials in Illinois have recognized four long-term care facilities in the Chicago area reporting COVID-19 cases. This includes a possible coronavirus outbreak inside a nursing home in west suburban Willowbrook involving 46 people, including 33 residents and 13 staff.As public health officials wait on additional test results to come …

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Congenital Syphilis & Medical Malpractice

What is Congenital Syphilis? Syphilis is a chronic bacterial infection spread through sexual contact and sexual intercourse, making it a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Congenital syphilis (CS) is a disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Link To Treating Depression & Diagnosing Diabetes

Researchers Identify Connection Between Treating Depression and Onset of Diabetes Long-term use of antidepressants isn’t breaking news, but now the overuse of the prescription drugs has been linked to diabetes. According to a National Institute of Mental Health study published in Diabetes Care in February 2020, long-term antidepressant use increases the risk for type 2 diabetes onset in a …

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Filing a Complaint Against an Illinois Nursing Home

https://youtu.be/sV7iZHPy1AQ How to Prepare Your Nursing Home Complaint and Who to Contact The Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates and inspects Illinois nursing homes and long-term care facilities under the state’s licensing acts, regulations, and federal Medicare Conditions of Participation. The …

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What Pregnant Mothers Need To Know About Obstetric Violence

Obstetric violence has become yet another vexing problem added to the traumatic experiences that too many pregnant women in America face during both the prenatal and postnatal phases. Much of the maternal distress reported is centered on the prevention of delivery complications and disrespect for decisions through childbirth, but violence and harassment to pregnant moms can also …

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One of The Worst Medical Malpractices Cases in American History

In 2017, a jury sent ex-neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, aka Dr. D and Dr. Death, to life in prison for botched surgeries that resulted in two deaths and multiple cases of paralysis. Prosecutors said Duntsch’s surgical outcomes were so poor, so beyond the accepted standard of care, that a grand jury indicted him on five counts …

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New Hope for Brain Damage Recovery After Oxygen Deprivation at Birth

Around 450,000 babies are born preterm in the U.S. every year, according to the Children’s National Research Institute. Premature babies are often deprived of oxygen caused by immature lungs or irreversible birth injuries. Inadequate oxygen levels can decrease a newborn’s blood pressure, heart rate, and limiting the blood flow to vital organs and tissue. When this …

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Nursing Homes Must Do More to Protect Residents and Staff

A message from Attorney Steven Levin By now it seems self-evident that the nursing homes and assisted living centers housing many of our elderly and most vulnerable citizens are uniquely susceptible to outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We know that the disease is particularly dangerous for older people. We understand intuitively that a site …

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Illinois Hospitals and Coronavirus Disease Concerns

Illinois Hospitals and Coronavirus Disease Concerns The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that has since infected thousands of people in several international locations. Some scientific research has provided …

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Mom’s Rights Can Protect Her Child From Birth Injury

New Illinois Law Says Every Woman Has Safe Pregnancy and Childbirth Rights New data published on January 30, 2020, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, shows that the U.S. maternal mortality rate was 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live birth in 2018. And an average of 19 women will die within 12 …

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Top 10 Medication Mistakes of 2019

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Releases Top 10 Medication Mistakes of 2019 About one in 5 Americans will experience a medical error in their lifetime. And medication and prescription drug mistakes are some of the most common causes behind those errors, according to a new report published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). Included with …

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Military Hospital VBAC Birth Injury Settles For Millions

Fort Campbell Hospital Birth Injury Ends With $15.1M Settlement On January 10, 2005, Kelly D. Wilson gave birth to her son at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Fast forward to January 31, 2020, and the federal government agrees to award the Wilson and her family $15.1 million in damages to settle a …

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Hospital Sued For Mom’s Caesarean-Related Death

Mom Dies After Routine Caesarean Section, and Dad Sues Cedars-Sinai Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is facing national backlash after a woman internally bled to death after giving birth to her baby boy. The woman’s husband is now suing the hospital and pushing for policy changes and raising awareness of the U.S. maternal mortality …

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You Have The Right To Access Your Medical Records

Changes to An Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records In January 2018, Georgia-based Ciox Health filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services, arguing that some sections of the HIPAA Right of Access rules around third-party requests for patient records are impermissible under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Fast forward two years …

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Military Members Can File Malpractice Claims

Government Is Ready to Process Military Malpractice Claims Since 1950, U.S. Military members have been barred from suing the U.S. government for injury or death resulting from their military duties, including all claims of malpractice, under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Feres doctrine. But after Army Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal led a fight to …

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Illinois Nursing Home Chain Hit With Heavy Fines

Aperion Care Racked Up $367,000 in Fines For 2019 Nursing Home Violations In 2019, one Illinois nursing home chain, branded under the Aperion Care name, was fined nearly $367,000 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in response to failing to correct serious deficiencies in care and safety of its residents. Aperion Care has 35 Illinois facilities, …

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How Mom’s Race Impacts Labor And Delivery Mistakes

When Mothers Are Mistreated Because of Race, Babies Are at Risk of Preterm Birth and Harmful Injuries According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications every year. Furthermore, the same research shows when a mother is at harm during the pre and post-natal stages, the fetus …

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15 Things You May Not Know About Birth Injuries

15 Things Parents May Not Know About Their Baby’s Birth Injury A birth injury is defined as the structural destruction or functional deterioration of an infant’s body due to a traumatic event at birth. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Some of these injuries are avoidable when appropriate care is available, and others are part …

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Induction Of Labor Linked To Neonatal Problems

The routine induction of labor among women with preexisting type 1 and type 2 diabetes before pregnancy is a common practice and rightful under individual circumstances. But according to recent findings published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, it is also associated with certain neonatal complications related to deliveries before 38 weeks. “Based on this population-based, …

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3 Types of Asphyxia Related Childbirth Injuries

3 Types of Asphyxia Related Childbirth Injuries Some of the most traumatic injuries that arise during childbirth are those that affect the baby’s brain. Asphyxia is an irreversible event that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen for an extended time prenatally, intrapartum, or postnatally and results in abnormal neurologic function in a newborn. …

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When To File Your Birth Injury Lawsuit In Illinois

How Long Do I Have to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit in Illinois? Minor injuries to newborns may occur during the birthing process, which could be natural due to the force of labor. However, when nerves are damaged, bleeding occurs on the brain, bones are broken, or a baby’s oxygen is deprived causing irreversible injuries, further treatments …

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Top Illinois Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Cases

Three Illinois Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases That Gained National Attention in 2019 Levin & Perconti is a nationally renowned law firm concentrating in all types of nursing home abuse and neglect claims as well as personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death lawsuits. The firm’s founding partners, Steve Levin and John Perconti were …

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Nursing Home Staff Performed Lap Dance On Sick Resident

Nursing Home Resident Was Humiliated With “Lap Dance” Before Dying from Bed Sores, Malnutrition, Sepsis The family of Fred Pittman, an 84-year-old man who died after a stay at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the home, alleging he was a victim of negligence. According to …

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Illinois Hospital Responsible For Baby’s Brain Damage

Record-Setting Verdict Against West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park for Failure to Order Emergency Cesarean In November, an Illinois jury made up of six men and six women in Cook County decided that West Suburban was liable for medical malpractice. The award was a record-setting $100.6 million verdict for a lawsuit alleging a doctor …

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4 Newborn Injuries Caused by Shoulder Dystocia

4 Newborn Injury Complications Caused by Shoulder Dystocia One of the most feared complications of a normal vaginal delivery, shoulder dystocia is a frightening reality that most U.S. labor and delivery teams are not nearly as prepared for as they should be. The American Family Physician defines shoulder dystocia as a difficulty during labor that …

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List of Dangerous Drugs Used & Abused by Nursing Homes

7 Antipsychotic Drugs Used and Abused by Illinois Nursing Homes Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes given to patients living in nursing homes to calm their behaviors. But some of the most sensitive nursing home patients may be receiving antipsychotic drugs, even though there is no diagnosis of psychosis. For decades, this has been a growing problem …

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71 Nursing Homes Cited For Poor Care In Illinois

71 Illinois Nursing Homes Named in Third Quarter Violation Report The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released its Third Quarter Report of Nursing Home Violators for 2019. IDPH is responsible for ensuring nursing homes comply fully with mandatory state regulations. This report dates July 2019 thru September 2019. It highlights 71 Illinois facilities cited for …

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The Problem With Nursing Home Evictions In Illinois

Nursing Home Resident Evictions Continue Due to Medicaid Funding Nationally, long-term care ombudsmen, who advocate for elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, received 10,610 complaints about discharges and transfers in 2017, up from 9,192 in 2015. Many of these complaints arise when a facility asks or pressures a resident to …

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Large Pills Linked To Nursing Home Choking Injuries

New Report Suggests Nursing Home Providers Should Help Reduce Choking Hazards Present with Popular Dietary Supplements A new Federal Drug Administration (FDA) report published in the August issue of Annals of Internal Medicine says adults aged 65 years and older are more likely to choke on dietary supplements than are younger adults. The group most impacted by the hazard …

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Wrongdoers Left Unaccountable In Secret Neil Armstrong Settlement

Neil Armstrong’s Secret “Hush” Money Settlement as Reported by The New York Times Five years ago, at Mercy Health – Fairfield, a community hospital located in Cincinnati, retired American astronaut Neil Armstrong underwent a heart surgery with a fatal outcome. On July 23, 2019, around the same time media outlets celebrated the American astronaut’s 50th-anniversary …

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How Much Do Top Nursing Home Executives Make?

Nursing Home Top Executive Salaries Rise, Patient Care Need Left Unmet Nursing home ownership and management can be lucrative for some, but the resulting greed has been known to overpower fiscally responsible care decisions. While busy lining personal pockets, investing dollars back into the care system to support staff and resident well-being will too easily …

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Behavioral Health Services Missing In U.S. Nursing Homes

National Survey Evidence Shows Behavioral Health Services Inadequate in Most U.S. Nursing Homes Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine started surveying randomly selected skilled nursing facilities in 2017, asking questions about the types of behavioral health issues residents have, available behavioral health services, quality, satisfaction, staffing, staff education, turnover and service barriers. …

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List of Worst Nursing Homes In Illinois

List of 22 Seriously Under-Performing Nursing Homes in Illinois Released Publicly for First Time After an inquiry led by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program, overseen by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), shared a list of nearly 400 consistently underperforming nursing homes, 22 …

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Federal Law Protects Home Care Worker Wages

Underpaid At-Home Caregivers File Lawsuit Against Employer The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is reporting a story coming out of the U.S. District Court in Little Rock concerning underpaid caregivers who have filed a lawsuit against Palco, a financial management services company headquartered in Arkansas that provides support to Medicaid recipients across several states. The business has clients such as …

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Nursing Home Responsible For Choking Death Sues Family

Nursing Home Countersues Although Liability Accepted for Man’s Choking Death In 2013, an 82-year-old man died from a preventable choking incident at Woodhaven Care Center in New York. The nursing home accepted liability for the man’s death, and a jury awarded $1 million to the man’s family highlighting the issues with understaffing. The wrongful death …

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Nursing Home Workers Post Video Taunting A Dementia Resident

Video of Dementia Resident Taunted by Nursing Home Caregivers Was Shared on Social Media Levin & Perconti is representing the family of a 91-year-old woman after two of her care aides, formerly employed by Abington of Glenview Nursing Home in Glenview, violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and state privacy laws through abuse and …

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Largest Healthcare Fraud Exposed Through Nursing Home Mogul

Miami-Dade Nursing Home Owner Convicted in Largest U.S. Healthcare Fraud Scheme Just last week, a 12-person jury deliberated for four days before finding Philip Esformes, a 50-year-old entrepreneur and owner of a network of 16 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida, guilty on 20 out of 26 charges related to healthcare fraud. This …

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Illinois VA Nursing Home Care Reports Paint Bleak Picture

VA Finally Publishes Nursing Home Care Reports with Foul Neglect Findings In June of 2018, USA TODAY and The Boston Globe led with horrific reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had been dishonest in reporting the quality of care served to 46,000 veterans for years, leaving residents and their families to suffer and without the vital health care …

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Injured By Electronic Health Record Error

Electronic Health Record Issues Serve Important Purpose in Malpractice Cases An American Journal of Emergency Medicine study found an emergency room doctor will make approximately 4,000 computer clicks related to electronic health or medical records (EHR) over the course of one single shift. Although the evolution of a medical record turned electronic has been positioned …

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Illinois Failed To Address Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Illinois Auditor General Report on 2015 Quincy Legionnaires’ Outbreak Reveals Procedures Not Followed and Possible “Cover Up” On Monday, March 25 the Illinois Auditor General released the state report related to the deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at an Illinois veterans’ home located in Quincy that began on August 21, 2015. The infectious disease crisis carried along for …

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Emergency Rooms And Dementia Patients

Hospital Emergency Rooms Struggle with Dementia Patients Many people who have the beginning signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease may be elderly, frail, and have other underlying medical concerns which land them in an emergency room. Their confusion can trigger accidents due to mobility or unsafe environments, and forgetfulness leaves them prone to higher personal injury rates, …

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Documentary Gives Emotional and Evidence-Based Insight Into Medical Mistakes

“To know that this happens is our country, that’s unacceptable.”  -Sue Sheridan, patient safety advocate, in To Err Is Human The medical malpractice attorneys of Levin & Perconti recently watched To Err Is Human, a newly released documentary showing the frequency and impact of medical errors upon American families. To see the facts relating to …

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Doctors Suing Patients Over Negative Online Reviews

“It would be great if the regulators of hospitals and doctors were more diligent about responding to harm to patients, but they’re not, so people have turned to other people. This is what happens when your system of oversight is failing patients.”-Lisa McGiffert, former head of Consumer Reports’ Safe Patient Project to USA TODAY You may be …

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Male Nurse Arrested for Rape of Young Woman Who Gave Birth in Arizona Nursing Home

Earlier this month, our blog covered the story of a 29 year-old-woman in a vegetative state who had given birth to a baby boy on December 29th. The woman is a longtime resident of Hacienda Healthcare just outside Phoenix, previously falsely reported as admitted to the facility after a near drowning incident as a teenager. Instead, the …

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Residents At Greater Risk During Flu Season

Last Flu Season Was Deadliest for Nursing Home Residents During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 80,000 Americans died and 900,000 were hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), making last year one of the deadliest our country has even seen with the elderly and very young children affected most severely. A …

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56 Illinois Nursing Homes Have Had Serious Violations in 2018

New Report Shows Serious Care Violations and Doubled Fines For 56 Illinois Nursing Homes The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. The most recent report, dating January 2018 thru March 2018, highlights more than 50 Illinois facilities determined to be lacking in patient care abilities related to the Nursing Home Care …

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New Details Emerge From 2015 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans Home

Medical Documents Show “Questionable” Record-Keeping Related to Legionnaires’ Disease Victim’s Care and Family’s Concerns Prior To Death The family of Dolores French, one of the 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home who died from the horrific Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015, recently spoke out to WBEZ reporter Dave McKinney after “newly obtained health documents related …

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Bill Would Declare Official CNA to Patient Ratios in New Jersey Nursing Homes

A major proposition has passed the New Jersey Assembly Human Services Committee and will soon be handed to the New Jersey House for a vote. The bill would specify the ratio of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to patients in New Jersey nursing homes. According to a spokesperson for 1199SEIU, the major New Jersey union that …

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Goldman Sachs Tells Big Pharma to Focus on Drugs That Treat, Not Cure

An April 10th report by a Goldman Sachs analyst has been making the rounds in the media. The report, entitled “The Genome Revolution,” advised pharmaceutical companies to consider making and selling drugs that treat, not cure, diseases. Why? Making drugs so effective that they eradicate a condition or disease isn’t a profitable business model in …

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Star UIC Child Psychiatrist Put Patients at Risk for Bipolar Disorder Research

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Dr. Nagamani ‘Mani’ Pavuluri, widely considered an expert on bipolar disorder in children, have both been accused of violating medical ethics during a clinical study that studied the affects of lithium on children suffering from bipolar disorder. This past November, Dr. Pavuluri and UIC were ordered to repay …

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How to Identify Symptoms of Anxiety in Nursing Home Residents

5 Causes of Nursing Home Resident Anxiety Unfortunately, for many reasons’ anxiety happens more often by long-term care residents than by those who live in the general community. Several recent studies published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry identified common rates for anxiety disorders in long-term care settings escalated as high as 20 percent compared to …

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Illinois Court Sides with Caregiver Pay Raise

Earlier this month, it was decided that nearly 28,000 low-income Illinois caregivers for people with disabilities will finally receive the $.48 raise that the General Assembly approved in last summer’s budget deal. The $.48 raise was supposed to have gone into effect on August 5, 2017 per state law that says, “Within 30 days after the …

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Cleveland Clinic Covered Up Rape of Two Patients by Colorectal Surgeon

With the number of sexual assault and harassment claims increasing by the day, the public is beginning to see just how many crimes have been buried with the help of confidentiality agreements. It seems as if no industry has been immune to engaging in cover ups of rape, assault, harassment, and abuse. In light of …

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One in Two Drivers Admit to Texting While Driving

The CDC defines distracted driving as any activity that involves visual, manual or cognitive distraction. In short, distracted driving refers to anything that takes a driver’s eyes or mind away from the road or anything that involves removing a driver’s hands from the wheel. Finding a song on the radio, checking a phone for directions, texting, …

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Court Gavel

7 Year Old Girl Awarded $26 Million by New York Jury for Injuries From Preterm Labor

In November, a Brooklyn, New York jury awarded 7 year old Aleigha Buck and her mother $26 million to compensate for a hospital’s failure to appropriately stall preterm labor that resulted in deafness and vocal chord paralysis for Aleigha and caused the death of her twin sister, who passed away 28 days after birth. Medical Resident Failed to …

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Gold Coast Surgical Center Sued for Causing Anesthesia-Related Brain Injury

A well-known downtown Chicago surgical center, Gold Coast Surgicenter, is being sued by a male patient who claims an anesthesiologist negligently administered anesthetic agents, causing him to suffer cardiac arrest that caused brain damage. According to the filing, as a result of improper monitoring during a routine outpatient surgery to repair the patient’s knuckle, the patient suffered …

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Nurse practitioners

Insurance Firm Study Shows Nurse Practitioners Facing More Lawsuits

A recent study by CNA Financial has found that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are at the heart of more malpractice lawsuits than in years prior. The insurance firm, along with the Nurses Service Organization, analyzed 287 closed liability cases against NPs, NP practices, and NP students between 2012-2016 in excess of $10,000 (referred to as an …

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Lawsuit Filed After Pennsylvania Nursing Home Resident Found Dead in a Nearby Ditch

The family of a 77 year old woman with Alzheimer’s has filed a lawsuit against her nursing home after the facility allowed the woman to go missing. Two hours passed before the facility, Woodland Terrace at Oaks Senior Living Community in Allentown, Pennsylvania, called the police. Her body was found dead 3 weeks later in a ditch …

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Levin & Perconti Secures $2.77 Million Jury Verdict for Family of Man Who Fell in Southside Nursing Home

Willie Green was only 67 years old when he suffered a fatal fall in 2013 at Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Chicago’s Southside. According to the lawsuit, Willie Green had a history of fainting and cognitive issues that required assistance while walking. Mr. Green fell in the entrance to his room on January 4, …

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Hurricane Irma

8 Nursing Home Residents Dead in Florida After Hurricane Irma Leaves Them Without Power

This morning, Levin & Perconti’s own Steven Levin, one of the country’s first nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys, was interviewed about the tragic deaths of 8 nursing home residents on HLN’s Across America with Carol Costello. Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida is currently under criminal investigation for the deaths of …

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Medication

Missouri Family Sues After Nursing Home Resident Given Wrong Medication

Another lawsuit has been filed against Missouri-based Midwest Geriatric Management Healthcare (MGM), the same nursing home group that was recently sued after a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s was left to die overnight in a whirlpool tub. In the most recent case against MGM, 72 year old Robert Baehr was given medication intended for a fellow …

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Center Home for Hispanic Elderly in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood

Levin & Perconti Obtains $875,000 Settlement for Family of Man Who Choked to Death at Chicago Nursing Home

On July 24th, our attorneys secured $875,000 for the family of Antonio Mares, a resident of the Center Home for Hispanic Elderly in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Physician’s orders indicated that Mr. Mares was to only receive soft foods, a requirement that was violated by the facility and resulted in his death. In November 2012, a …

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$60 Million Dollar Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Against Major Nursing Home Chain

A major nursing home chain with locations in Aurora, Rockford, and Dixon, Illinois is in the middle of a $60 million lawsuit brought by the U.S. government. The lawsuit alleges that Meridian Senior Living Group (some former Meridian facilities are now owned by Affinity Living Group) submitted at least that amount in false billings to …

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Clare Oaks Senior Living in Bartlett

Levin & Perconti Secures $4.1 Million Record Verdict Against Bartlett Nursing Home

On July 18th, a Cook County jury gave justice to the family of Dolores Trendel. Awarding $4.1 million dollars, a record-setting verdict under the Nursing Home Care Act, the jury found Assisi at Clare Oaks Senior Living in Bartlett, Illinois, liable for stopping a medication that caused a stroke and ultimately ended 85 year old …

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Pharmacy

Chicago Tribune Report Shows Pharmacies Missing Major Drug Interactions

In a collaborative report with Chicago physician Dr. Steven Fox and two pharmacy professors who specialize in drug interactions, the Chicago Tribune has pulled back the curtain on a frighteningly common occurrence. Pharmacists at both major chains and independent pharmacies are dispensing medications with well-known interactions with no warning to the patient. The study, conducted over 9 months …

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Alcohol and car keys

A Game Plan to Prevent Drinking and Driving Accidents This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many people, this is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Over the coming weeks, many Americans will be attending or hosting more than one parties or get-together to catch up with their friends and family and celebrate. In this kind of atmosphere, there …

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Legionnaires disease

Legionnaire’s Death in Nursing Home Blamed on Neglect

Legionnaire’s disease is a serious and often deadly illness that can be acquired through contaminated water. A woman living in a local nursing home died after acquiring legionnaire’s disease while under their care. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit against Warren Barr Gold Coast alleging that their negligent care caused the woman’s death from legionnaire’s disease. The …

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Colostomy Mistake Caused Injuries, Lawsuit

When we have medical problems we count on the doctor to properly diagnose it and provide us with proper treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes a physician makes a mistake and causes additional pain and further injuries. In one recent case, a patient alleges that the doctor and hospital were negligent by causing serious injuries resulting from mistakes …

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Trucking Accidents and Vicarious Liability

Just last month, a 2005 Freightliner tractor-trailer was involved in a fatal automobile accident with a Lownders County school bus while traveling on Interstate 75. At the time of this accident, the truck was carrying an oversized load of large metal beams. The truck, along with all of its massive beams, collided with the rear-driver’s side of …

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Dental Mistake Caused Nerve Damage and Lisp

A woman who went to the dentist for routine wisdom teeth extraction ended up suffering severe and permanent injuries. According to lawsuit documents, the woman underwent minor dental surgery for the removal of her wisdom teeth when she suffered permanent nerve damage. The woman states that the dentist failed to properly evaluate her condition before …

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Podiatrist

Podiatrists Blamed for Negligent Care, Lawsuit Filed

Foot surgery should be considered routine because it is performed every day all across the country with few problems. However, sometimes a mistake is made that causes the patient extreme pain and the need for further medical treatment. In one recent case a man states that his podiatrists performed surgery improperly and he had to …

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Man Files Lawsuit Alleging Loss of Vision after Eye Surgery

Eye surgery is among the most difficult and delicate types of surgery available. There are a number of reasons why eye surgery may be required. Some of the most common eye problems that necessitate medical treatment are cataracts and myopia. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Retina Associates, Ltd., Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center, LLC, …

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Texting While Driving in Illinois

Earlier this month, two individuals were driving northbound on Fosterburg Road in Alton, Illinois. During their commute, an oncoming southbound vehicle drifted into their lane, hitting them head on. Witnesses say that the at-fault driver was texting while driving. The passengers in the northbound car sustained serious injuries including, but not limited to, broken toes, a …

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Drowsy driving

Drowsy Driving and How to Avoid It

Drowsy driving is a common cause of car accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that there are about 328,000 car accidents every year that result from drowsy or fatigued drivers. These accidents are often serious and sometimes even fatal. The National Transportation Safety Board found that drowsy driving there are between 4,000 and 7,000 …

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Surgery Mistake Caused Serious Injury, Led to Lawsuit

We trust that when we have surgery the doctor will take all the necessary steps to prevent us from further injury or harm. However, that is not always the case. A malpractice lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging negligence during surgery caused serious injuries. The lawsuit states that the man underwent a surgical procedure during which …

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Baby Dies After Alcohol Injected Into His Heart

A heartbreaking story about a medical error that took the life of a 7-month old baby is being reported at KTLA News. Tressel was the only child for Emilie and Scott Meinardi. Since birth, Tressel had heart issues; however, they knew that with surgery, the issues could be corrected. Last week the scheduled surgery date finally arrived, and …

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Botched Hair Transplant Caused Disfigurement, Lawsuit

For those who are balding, a hair transplant could seem like the answer to your dreams. But for one man, the procedure turned into a medical emergency. The man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hair clinic citing medical negligence. The lawsuit claims that the man suffered severe and permanent injuries and disfigurement …

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Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago

Wrong Diagnosis Leads to Unnecessary Surgery and Lawsuit

When we visit the doctor, we expect that he will properly diagnose the illness and provide the correct treatment. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a Chicago woman. The woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County, alleging that her doctor wrongly diagnosed her condition, and as a result, underwent unnecessary hernia surgery. The …

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Don’t Overlook Your Vehicle’s Diminished Value after an Accident

Being in a car accident can be frightening, painful, and devastating. But sadly for accident victims, the actual “accident” is rarely the end of the story. More often than not, accident victims are forced to swim in a deep pool filled with calls from insurance representatives, questions from police, and added stress and pressure that …

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Vaccination

Negligent Administration of Vaccines Led to Boy’s Death

Vaccinations are usually considered safe for most children. They are necessary for the majority of kids because they can prevent the contraction of some serious childhood illnesses. While vaccines are often safe, each patient must be examined and a determination made prior to administration. A mother recently filed a lawsuit alleging that a doctor and medical office …

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Distracted driving

Educate Your Young Drivers on the Hazards of Distracted Driving

Distraction can be a dangerous thing, and our young drivers are suffering most of all. In fact, drivers in their 20s make up a staggering 27% of all distracted drivers in fatal car accidents. The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that thousands of people are killed each year in …

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Back injury

Woman Suffered Serious Back Injury Due to Medical Malpractice – Lawsuit Filed

When we enter the hospital for treatment we trust that the doctors and other medical staff will provide us with the best possible care and will diagnose and treat our condition. That was not the situation in a recent case. A woman visited the hospital with complaints of a stiff neck, pain, a rash, and …

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Dentist Faces Lawsuit for Root Canal Went Wrong

A Chicago dentist is facing a lawsuit after he performed a root canal that ended up going terribly wrong. A root canal is never pleasant, but for one woman, the experience left her injured and in pain. The woman filed a lawsuit against the negligent dentist claiming the treatment was below the professional standard that is considered …

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Misdiagnosis of Eye Condition Leads to Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Eye care is something that must be taken very seriously. When we have a vision problem we trust that our doctor will properly diagnose and treat our condition. Sometimes, however, that does not happen. In a recent case a man filed a lawsuit citing medical negligence after the misdiagnosis of his eye condition led to his personal …

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Levin & Perconti Obtain $1.1 Million Verdict in Medical Negligence Case

A jury has awarded a family more than $1.1 million dollars in a medical negligence lawsuit. The family of the 84 year old woman was represented by Levin & Perconti. The lawsuit stems from medical malpractice stemming from a fall. The woman was taken to Rush North Shore Hospital after sustaining a broken ankle at her …

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Couple Sues Hospital for Malpractice after Surgery Goes Wrong

A husband and wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hospital and doctors. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the man was significantly injured during surgery while at Rush University Medical Center. The man underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy at the hospital. The suit states that the surgeon removed too much of the small intestine during …

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Understaffed Nursing Homes Often Miss Early Signs Of Memory Loss In Residents

How Families Can Help Identify the Early Signs of Memory Loss and Dementia in Loved Ones Unfortunately, many nursing home workers are not trained to identify the warning signs of declining cognitive abilities. And worrisome activities of a resident with dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s Disease, are too easily missed by overworked and poorly resourced care …

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St. Luke's Health Medical Center Baylor

Former Top Heart Transplant Hospital Cited by Government for Abnormally High Death Rate

A joint effort by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica has shared disturbing news of a former top heart transplant center’s failure rate. In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cited Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas for having twice the expected number of deaths between 2014-2016 in post transplant patients. …

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MetroSouth Medical Center

Levin & Perconti Settle Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for $4.29 Million

A lawsuit filed against MetroSouth Medical Center and five doctors has been successfully settled for $4.29 million. The suit was filed on behalf of the family of a woman who died as a result of medical malpractice in 2010. The woman died as a result of the failure of doctors to recognize and treat a pericardial effusion, …

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Levin & Perconti Wins $1.25 Million Settlement

The medical malpractice attorneys won a $1.25 million settlement for a client in a wrongful death case. The deceased in the case went to a hospital in July of 2009. During his stay in the hospital he ultimately died. Sixty-Nine-Year-Old Man Dies Because of Missed Diagnosis While the sixty-nine-year-old man was in the hospital he received an …

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Newborn baby

Family Seeks $40 Million in Birth Injury Lawsuit After Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

An Oregon family recently filed a $40 million lawsuit, stemming from injuries they allege were caused by medical malpractice on the part of doctors and hospital staff during the delivery process. According to a report in the Statesman Journal, the lawsuit names three physicians, two clinics and the hospital where the birth occurred. The lawsuit alleges that …

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Parents of a Stillborn Baby File Lawsuit Against Hospital and Doctors

According to a report by Medstak, a couple recently filed a lawsuit alleging medical negligence that resulted in the death of their unborn child. The complaint names the hosptial and two medical centers as the responsible parties. It also lists several specific employees from each organization. The plaintiff was reportedly 30-years-old when she was admitted into …

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Hospital patient

Levin & Perconti Wins $2 Million Settlement for Woman’s Family in Wrongful Death Case

As reported in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, our attorneys at Levin & Perconti have successfully negotiated a $2 million settlement for the family of a thirty-three year-old woman who died in 2010 at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. This is just one of many successful cases handled by the firm for families …

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Medicare

$30 Million Medicare Fraud Case Settled

Another suit involving Medicare fraud on behalf of long-term care facilities was recently settled. The case included sixty nursing homes receiving kickbacks. Four businesses were named as the defendants and all of them agreed to settle and pay the federal government $30 million. The Legal MatterThe civil lawsuit was first filed in Minnesota. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad …

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Mother giving birth

The Maternal Forces Defense in Brachial Plexus Injury Cases

The maternal forces defense is a common defense used by doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits involving Erb’s Palsy. According to the maternal forces defense, injury that results in loss of development of a limb is caused by natural forces that occur as a part of labor, not due to negligence of medical staff. …

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Levin Perconti Secures $2.4 Million in Compensation For 2011 Accident

Drunk driving doesn’t just hurt individuals, it hurts families and communities. Roughly 28 people die each day because of these accidents, and the estimated annual national cost of alcohol-related car accidents totals over $132 billion a year. This week, the City of Chicago signed off on $16 million in settlements for individuals injured by a …

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New Levin & Perconti Settlement in Nursing Home Neglect Case

For decades the legal team at Levin & Perconti has helped families in Chicago and throughout Illinois whose loved ones were hurt while staying at a nursing home. We frequently take cases to trial, but, on more cases than not, we help facilitate a reasonable settlement between the parties that avoids the time, expense, and …

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Chicago's Gold Coast Neighborhood

Levin & Perconti Secure $2.4 million Verdict Following Gold Coast Accident

You may remember the newspaper headlines a few years ago involving a tragic accident that struck in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. In late May 2011, a Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker was driving a city vehicle near the corners of Rush and Cedar streets in the middle of the day. Strangely, when at the intersection, …

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Legal Obligations on Attending Physicians to Supervise Resident Physicians

So a doctor does not do what he should, breaches standards of care, and a patient is harmed. This is medical malpractice. Whether it is providing a wrong dose of medication, failing to catch a change in condition, or anything in between, when standards of care are not met and harm results, then a patient (and …

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Death Certificate

Death Certificates, Inaccuracies, and Medical Mistakes

One of the most important pieces of medical documentation used in countless different ways is a death certificate. At first glance, it might be easy to underestimate the importance of this piece of information. After all, the patient has already passed away, and nothing written in the certificate will change any of that. But the …

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Bedsore

Levin & Perconti Reach Million Dollar Settlement Following Nursing Home Pressure Sore Development

Bed sores are “the” prototypical nursing home injury caused by neglect. Also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, these sores pop up on far too many residents after they enter a nursing home. The consequences of the injury are severe, and on many occasions they contribute to an elderly resident’s death. Yet, no matter how …

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Biopsy Test

Son Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Botched Biopsy Causes Father’s Death

The Watertown Daily Times reported on the filing of a new medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a son following his father’s passing. The 65-year old medical patient died, the lawsuit alleges, a few weeks after he went into a hospital because of medical errors. The family is seeking compensation and accountability for the fatal accidents from the hospital and doctors. …

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Medical record

Emerging Issue: Manipulation of Electronic Health Records

Medical records are perhaps the most important piece of evidence in most Illinois medical malpractice cases. A plaintiff in the case is required to show that the medical provider acted negligently by a preponderance of the evidence. That usually is accomplished by examining the medical records to show what care was provided, when it was …

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Levin & Perconti Help Family Reach Settlement in Child Brain Injury Case

Each Chicago medical malpractice attorney at our firm works with families who have suffered brain injuries as a result of negligent medical treatment. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways that brain injury lawsuits are filed which link to medical malpractice is when errors are made during childbirth. In these cases, infants often have oxygen …

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Levin & Perconti Reaches Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Adult Day Care Center

Our Chicago brain injury attorneys have often shared how traumatic brain injury risks are highest for the youngest and oldest community members. Research data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly made this point. Those under four years old and over seventy five years old are particularly at risk for suffering severe …

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Blood Banking

Hidden Legal Issues of Cord Blood Banking

A recent article on MarketWatch reported that the FDA has granted approval for landmark clinical trials to study cord blood stem cell treatment for pediatric brain injuries and acquired hearing loss. These promising new studies will undoubtedly cause many expectant parents to consider donating or storing their infant’s cord blood. However, our Chicago birth injury attorneys urge …

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Painkillers

Painkiller Injections Can Lead to Death and Paralysis

Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys understand that medical errors can often be grouped into two categories. First, there are harms that are caused simply by an oversight or the incompetence of a medical professional. These are more common errors and involve doctors who fail to diagnose things that they should or nurses who incorrectly give a …

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Levin & Perconti Reach $3 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

Yesterday our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys Steven M. Levin and Jordan Powell announced that they had reached a settlement in an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit that had been filed on behalf of a client who was the victim of a surgical error. The agreement was reached with a Chicago neurosurgeon and the involved medical facilities that, according …

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Prescription Medication

Prescription Medication Fillers May Cause Adverse Reactions

Most local residents are unaware that the medications that they take each and every day include ingredients that actually play no role in helping patients with their condition. These ingredients, known as “fillers,” include various colors and additives. As one involved doctor explained, while a pill includes an “active ingredient”-which is the material that is …

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Levin & Perconti Recover $975,000 in Wrongful Death Case Resulting from Fall from Balcony

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys, Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte, recently helped the family of a victim of a wrongful death reach a $975,000 settlement after the victim fell off of a porch, where the railing was not up code, and then later died as a result of his personal injuries. The mother of the …

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Levin & Perconti Reach $17.7 Million Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case

An experienced Illinois medical malpractice lawyer understands that each case presents different facts and circumstances that may affect the strategy of a case and its ultimate outcome. That is why flexibility is essential when helping victims of these medical errors navigate the legal system in their quest for accountability. It is vital that a medical …

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What Tolls the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases?

One of the first questions often asked of our Chicago personal injury attorneys is: “Do I still have time to file my claim?” It goes without saying that an individual can’t wait around indefinitely deciding whether or not to file a personal injury claim. More specifically, Illinois has a statute of limitations that establishes concretely the …

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Levin & Perconti Reach $17.7 M Medical Malpractice Settlement for Park Police Officer

Chicago malpractice attorneys Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby of Levin & Perconti recently reached a $17.7 million settlement with the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center stemming from a medical negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of George Nissen. In February of 2005, Mr. Nissen suffered a stroke and was admitted to the neurological intensive …

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Levin & Perconti Lawyers Reach $6.5 Million Settlement Following Birth Injury

Over ten years ago a family’s life was forever altered following a birth injury that occurred at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Several of our Chicago malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit against the negligent medical professional and hospital involved in the error to help vindicate the rights …

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Levin & Perconti Reach $6.5 Million Settlement with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Levin and Perconti recently announced in a press release on November 24, 2010 that its Chicago brain attorneys reached a $6.5 million settlement for a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy following a brain injury sustained during birth. The settlement was with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and a physician who …

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Pharmacist

Prescription Error Made by Amateur Pharmacy Technician Kills Mother of Three

The Florida Appeals Court upheld an almost 26 million dollar verdict against a Walgreens Pharmacy after a teenage pharmacy technician improperly filled a prescription and killed a mother of three. The pharmacy technician typed in “ten milligrams” on the mother’s prescription when she should have typed one milligram. This case draws attention to the very …

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Jury Awards $11.4 Million for Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

A Wisconsin jury awarded $11.4 million to the parents of a child born with Cerebral Palsy, and found a nurse and midwife at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center negligent in the child’s delivery, causing the brain damage. The lawsuit alleged that the baby was deprived of oxygen due to a delay in his delivery and that the mother was administered the drug …

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