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Report Proves Illinois Could Do Better at Investigating Nursing Home Complaints The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report in 2017 that showed several states, including Illinois, were missing the opportunity to lead a timely investigation of the most pressing nursing home complaints. These complaints included neglectful occurrences such as residents being left to sit in their urine and feces for hours, residents being admitted to the hospital because of preventable infections, and inappropriate social media posts by nursing home employees. According to the OIG, these events will typically fall into two types of serious complaint categories that must be…
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 various violations of the Nursing Home Care Act, a statute that provides nursing home residents and their families with the assurance that proper and safe care will be received. Violations, no matter how small in detail, should be taken seriously, especially since history…
Residents Have the Right to Appeal a Nursing Home Discharge Decision When a resident is transferred or discharged from a nursing home, the change can create monumental impacts on the emotional, physical and financial well-being of an already vulnerable individual and those who remain dependent on others for their daily care. Common reasons for a facility to discharge, according to The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, may include: the nursing home cannot provide adequate care for the resident; the resident’s health has improved to the point that he or she no longer needs nursing home care;…
Negligence Led To 66-Year-Old’s Death in Chicago Nursing Home Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, October 29 on behalf of the family of Jaime Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez tragically bled to death at his west suburban nursing home after receiving a kidney transplant just one month earlier. Before his unexpected and preventable death, doctors were pleased with the man’s recovery and family members were excited for Mr. Hernandez’s future after waiting nearly seven years for his new kidney. According to the lawsuit, staff at Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center LLC at the Aperion Care facility located at 8200 Roosevelt…
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Chooses Levin & Perconti Attorney Margaret Battersby Black for 40 Under 40 List Levin & Perconti’s Margaret Battersby Black has been named to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40 List for 2019. 40 Under 40 is a highly selective honor process which recognizes outstanding attorneys from across Illinois. The 39-year-old plaintiff’s attorney, who is also the parent of two young children alongside her husband Jeff, joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in 2006, was promoted to associate attorney in 2008 and named Partner in 2014. Margaret has since led a run of…
How to Find Out If Your Parent’s Nursing Home Has a History of Abuse or Neglect? Choosing a long-term care facility for your parent can feel completely overwhelming and the decision-making process is often stressful on the entire family. Thankfully, beginning October 23, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a much-needed change to how families can be better informed of Illinois nursing homes that have been cited for violations related to abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Nursing Home Compare tool will now include a bright red “abuse icon” next to these troublesome homes. If you’ve…
The attorneys of Levin & Perconti are pleased to announce the firm secured more settlements over $500,000 than any other law firm in Illinois over the last year. Having reached 58 of these top-dollar settlements between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the firm brought in more than $75 million for its clients and was also highlighted in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s 2019 Settlement Survey as one of the top five law firms in the state for total settlements secured. Each year, Chicago Lawyer and the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter — a sister publication within Law Bulletin Media — examine top reported…
How to Find Out If Your Parent’s Nursing Home Has a History of Abuse or Neglect? Choosing a long-term care facility for your parent can feel completely overwhelming and the decision-making process is often stressful on the entire family. Thankfully, beginning October 23, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a much-needed change to how families can be better informed of Illinois nursing homes that have been cited for violations related to abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Nursing Home Compare tool will now include a bright red “abuse icon” next to these troublesome homes. If you’ve…
Nursing Home Caregivers Charged with Financial Exploitation of Elderly Resident Grace Watanabe is a 98-year-old woman who had her life savings robbed of her by two former nursing home caregivers employed at Symphony Residences of Lincoln Park, located at 2437 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. Last year, Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert, with the aid of Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin and Mike Bonamarte, filed a civil lawsuit accusing the workers of stealing $750,000 from Watanabe while she was residing at Symphony of Lincoln Park from 2009 – 2018. It was her bank that flagged the suspicious
Companies Can Prevent Fatal Lung Disease in Stone Fabrication Workers Thousands of U.S. workers are getting sick from cutting, grinding and polishing slabs of artificial stone used to make kitchen and bathroom countertops. The “engineered stone” is at risk of creating damaging levels of respirable crystalline silica in a workplace. Workers have been linked to cases of death and dangerous and irreversible lung injury in stone fabricators who cut, grind and polish high levels of the mineral silica, and then breathe in silica dust outputs. An updated report by the Centers for Disease Control Doctors titled Severe Silicosis in Engineered
Flu season and seasonal outbreak of influenza and cold virus infection as a medical health care concept with a calendar background and three dimensional human disease cells. Severe and Fatal Illnesses Caused by Influenza Outbreaks in Nursing Homes Each year, the flu continues to be one of the deadliest illnesses in the United States, with the elderly affected most severely. More than 7.3 million flu cases in adults aged 65 years and older were tracked in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many of these patients were also residents of nursing homes and care facilities responsible for…
Zantac and Generic Ranitidine May Be Harmful The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revealed that Zantac and generic varieties contain a chemical that could be linked to cancer, called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Concern erupted when private lab Valisure found the contaminant and alerted FDA officials of a problem stemming from the composition of the drug. Several large pharmacy chains and stores such as Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens have since suspended the sales of Zantac branded heartburn medicines and generic versions that contain active ingredient ranitidine. Three drugmakers – Apotex, Sandoz and GlaxoSmithKline – have recalled generic versions. The…
Residents’ Rights Advocates Invite You to “Stand For Quality” This October Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, and facility staff will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event held in October by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value of long-term care residents. The theme for Residents’ Rights Month 2019 is, “Stand for Quality” – to emphasize the importance…
Legionnaire’s Takes Over Covenant Living Senior Home in Batavia On September 12, the Illinois Department of Health confirmed two additional Legionnaires’ cases involving residents of a Kane County senior living home. Since late August, Covenant Living at the Holmstad located in the community of Batavia, has been home to a cluster of 14 Legionnaires’ cases, according to the Daily Herald. Unfortunately, Legionella bacteria is dangerous and can be found in buildings with complex water systems, such as hospitals, hotels, apartment complexes and nursing homes. “As the epidemiological and environmental investigation of this Legionnaires’ disease cluster continues, it is important…
Chicago Nursing Home Administrators Fined for Refusing to Help Dementia Patient Robbed by Their Employees Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin and Mike Bonamarte have been working with Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert for nearly a year in representing an elderly woman who had her life savings robbed and justice has still not been served. Grace Watanabe is a 98-year-old nursing home resident with dementia who had $750,000 stolen by her care staff while residing at Symphony of Lincoln Park. Now, a judge has imposed a $400-a-day fine on Symphony executives for their refusal to share any information about…
FAIR Act Bill Has Passed the House, Now Headed to the Senate On Friday, September 20, lawmakers in the House voted 225-186 to pass the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), with the help of many supporters who look to hold long-term care doers responsible for abuse and neglect. The bill is designed to end forced pre-dispute arbitration in contracts between consumers and corporations, including nursing homes, long-term care centers and assisted living communities. Moving ahead, the FAIR Act could: ban businesses from including mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts…