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A patient at Chicagoland nursing home has died from a variety of head injuries sustained due to the brutality of another patient at facility. According to reports from CBS 2, 80-year-old Anibel Calderon, was attacked by another patient in the dementia ward at Oak Park Helathcare Center some time during the day on Sunday.
A nurse at Oak Park Healthcare Center found Mr. Calderon unconscious on Sunday evening. He was then transferred to Rush University Medical Center for treatment of his closed head injuries.
Despite the medical care, Mr. Calderon died yesterday morning. An autopsy ruled the cause of death to be craniofacial injuries and blunt trauma from an assault.
At this time authorities believe that this brutal act was perpetrated by another, younger patient at the Oak Park nursing home.
As a Chicago Nursing Home Lawyer, my thoughts– first and foremost— go out to this man’s family. I dearly hope that authorities conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind this senseless act— to determine why this incident occurred and to evaluate, what– if anything— could have been done to prevent this matter from occurring in the first place.
Particularly when nursing home patients with diminished capacity are involved, I have found that some facilities are slow to implement necessary precautions— even when prior aggressive acts have taken place.
From a civil liability standpoint, when facilities fail to properly interpret threats to their patients and make necessary accommodations, they certainly expose themselves to a potential lawsuit brought on behalf of the injured person.
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