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Racial Disparities in Nursing Home Care in Illinois

The COVID-19 pandemic brought incomparable devastation and despair to the nation’s nursing homes, revealing preexisting racial disparities in the industry. Black and Brown Illinoisians in long-term care bore the brunt of the virus’s wrath. Our state’s nursing home residents should receive the quality care they deserve, regardless of race or ethnicity. COVID-19 has killed over …

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Three Women Died at James Sneider Apartments in Rogers Park in ‘Unbearable’ Heat

On May 14, 2022, Chicago police reported the deaths of three women at a Rogers Park senior living facility.  The women, aged 67, 72 and 76, were residents at the James Sneider Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers Ave. in Chicago. The elderly women were found unresponsive between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in their respective units. …

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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Experiencing a COVID-19 Outbreak

Many people, including elderly veterans, have faced fears about COVID-19 for good reason. With millions infected and 800,000 deaths recorded in the U.S. alone, it’s clear why that worry exists, especially among the older or ill adult populations. People trust their medical providers to meet their ongoing needs without putting them at any enhanced risk for …

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Chicago Native and Former NFL Player Glenn Foster Jr. Dies in Police Custody

Questions have surfaced regarding the mysterious police custody death of Glenn Foster Jr., a Chicago native who played for the New Orleans Saints from 2013 – 2015. He was 31 and a father of two. Foster, who his parents say was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of about 20, was showing erratic behavior …

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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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COVID-19 Outbreak at Danville VA Facility

The VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville is part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 12. The VISN service area includes Northern Illinois, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and large portions of Wisconsin. In late October of 2020, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services received …

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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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Levin & Perconti Attorney’s Top Chicago’s Leading Lawyers List

Congratulations to these Levin & Perconti attorneys recognized in Leading Lawyers magazine as Top Attorneys. Their peers have recommended these exceptional attorneys in their practice areas among the nation’s best. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer, and less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each …

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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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Safe Driving Tips for Summer

During the summer, more people travel our highways, roads and streets and as a result, more people are seriously injured in car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents. Being prepared and practicing safe driving techniques may help to prevent you or a loved one from suffering serious injuries or death. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe …

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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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COVID-19 Variants and Understaffed Nursing Homes

Warnings Emerge After COVID-19 Outbreak Caused by New Variant of Virus is Detected in Kentucky Nursing Home The public has been informed of several new variants of the coronavirus for some time, including some of the more known viruses circulating, such as the UK variant, the Brazil variant, or the South Africa variant. But on …

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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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Recognizing Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Your Baby

Cerebral Palsy is a Neurological Disorder Caused by Brain Damage The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average prevalence of cerebral palsy is 3.3 children per 1,000 live births. Cerebral palsy is often a result of a birth injury or abnormal development during or after pregnancy. It can be caused by infection, fetal …

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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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A Top 10 List of Common Birth Injuries

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 of the delivery process that can occur even when clinicians practice …

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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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Stroke Signs In Young People Often Overlooked

Doctors May Miss Stroke Signs in Young People According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are on the rise among young people and in the past decade there has been a 44% increase in the number of young Americans hospitalized due to stroke. While that is an issue in itself, doctors and medical agencies are proving they may not be …

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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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Walgreens Knew About Pharmacy Error Risks

Reports Reveal That Walgreens Execs New of Prescription Error Risks Although completely preventable, prescription drug mistakes are some of the most persistent and damaging medical errors that can happen and cause nearly 9,000 people to die as a result each year. And according to The New York Times in a report published on February 21, 2020, …

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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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Common Medications Stolen At Nursing Homes

Doctors, nurses, and other nursing home staff are more often being caught and charged with prescription medication theft and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The most appealing of all include opioids, powerful medications prescribed by physicians for nursing home residents with moderate to severe pain, and those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Residents who are taking opioids …

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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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A Deadly Breathing Tube Mistake Hospitals Make

Breathing Tube Removal Mistakes Can Be Deadly for Hospital Patients During sedation or illness, many hospital patients may require breathing assistance through intubation. The device used in this procedure is called an endotracheal tube (ET) which is placed through a patient’s mouth and then into the airway so that a breath can be delivered when used with a …

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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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Investigative Reporting Uncovers Problems With Nursing Home Ownership

Nursing Home Chain Failures Highlight a Greater Need for Ownership Regulation and Closer Government Review Some of the most troubling elder abuse and neglect stories stemmed from nursing home private ownership in the U.S. recently emerged thanks to an NBC News investigation featuring a man named Joseph Schwartz and his responsibilities over nursing home and long-term care …

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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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