Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Case Settlements & Verdicts (Case Valuation)

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Case ValuationThe attorneys at Nursing Home Law News have successfully settled nursing home abuse and neglect cases across Illinois. Many of the cases we work on involve patient injuries such as: bed sores or pressure sores, broken bones from falls, patients dropped by staff members, medication errors or physical abuse.

Unfortunately, in some of these situations, a family member contacts us when an injury has claimed the life of their loved one.

A nursing home abuse lawyer from our office is committed to representing individuals; we do not represent any corporations or businesses.

Why Are Some Illinois Nursing Home Cases Worth More Than Others?

When you review a sampling of our settlements and case results below, you may be thinking about why some cases settled more than others— even when they appear to be relatively similar. While the circumstances of each case are indeed unique, factors, which may increase or decrease the value of a nursing home negligence case include:

  • How severe are the injuries to the individual?
  • What type of care will the person require to treat the injuries?
  • Does the facility have a history of problems?
  • Has the facility been cited by the state for similar incidents?
  • How much are the medical expenses related to the injury?
  • How old is the patient? What is their life expectancy?
  • Is the facility insured?

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Verdicts And Settlements

$25,000 Settlement:

Winnebago County, Illinois nursing home abuse case.

In this dispute, an elderly man was transferred to a nursing home for care after undergoing extensive treatments at a nearby hospital. Before being admitted to the facility, his doctors placed a tracheostomy tube in his throat to help his breathing and gave specific instructions to the nursing home staff regarding its care.

However, they did not follow these instructions and the man’s lawyers argued this caused him great pain and suffering and even led to his death. The two parties settled out of court for $25,000 and some of these points might explain why they reached an agreement:

  • The man was very old and was nearing the end of his life anyways.
  • However, the nursing home staff clearly breached the doctors’ guidelines.
  • The man was suffering from many other conditions and the main cause of death was hard to determine.
  • The man who raped her had a history of prior aggressive behavior.
  • The defendant nursing home could not produce proof of policies or procedures designed to prevent the sexual assault of its residents.
  • The woman had clear signs of assault that were preserved carefully by a quick visit to the doctor.

$504,000 Verdict:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home abuse case.

In this tragic incident, an elderly woman in her early nineties claimed that a young nursing home staff assistant raped her. Due to the assault, she sustained various personal injuries to her body including to her arms, back, and face.

The defendant nursing home denied that it happened or that they were not responsible for it if it did actually happen. The jury found for the elderly nursing home resident and awarded her $504,000.

$680,000 Settlement:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home abuse case.

The allegations of this lawsuit claimed that an elderly woman was raped while living at a nursing home by one of its employees.

The cause of action was for negligence and relied heavily on the critique of the facility’s screening and hiring procedures. This was their focus largely because the man alleged of rape had a prior history of committing assault.

Interestingly, the defendant nursing home admitted guilt but disagreed about the amount of injuries that the woman sustained. Both parties agreed to settle for $680,000. Here are some things to note about this case:

  • The defendant nursing home agreed to settle only after the trial had run its full course-years after the incident in question.
  • The defendant nursing home had an insurance policy for this kind of event and had a policy limit of $1,000,000.
  • The defendant nursing home disagreed over the extent of the victim’s injuries but provided little evidence as to what the proper number should be.

$315,000 Settlement:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home abuse case.

This case involved a 72-year-old nursing home resident. He was transferred to the facility after being diagnosed with renal failure, Parkinson’s disease, and brain abnormalities at a local hospital.

While he stayed at the hospital, he suffered from malnutrition and dehydration which exacerbated his original health problems.

Lawyers for the man sued the nursing home and both sides settled out of court for $315,000. Keep in mind the following things when thinking about this case:

  • This case definitely pre-existing conditions but the nursing home clearly acted negligently towards the resident and made the problem worse.
  • Dehydration, malnutrition, or similar conditions is almost per se negligence in nursing homes or at least warrants an investigation into the kind of care that the nursing home was providing.
  • The man was relatively young as far as nursing home residents go and made a strong case for decreased quality of life.

$838,000 Verdict:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home abuse case.

This lawsuit kicked off when a 79-year-old woman died in the care of an Illinois nursing home just outside of Chicago.

At the time of death, she was suffering from dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores, and several other serious medical conditions. Her estate argued in its complaint that the nursing home completely failed her with regards to the supervision, resources, care, and other services that it owed her.

It sought damages for her wrongful death, pain, and suffering as well as the lost support and companionship of her next of kin. A jury awarded her $838,000 in damages most likely for the following reasons:

  • Many of these conditions did not present until her arrival in the nursing home.
  • She had no pre-existing conditions.
  • She had actually died from the problems that arose while living at the nursing home.

Contact an Experienced Illinois Nursing Home Law Firm to Maximize the Value of Your Case

A team of experienced attorneys, paralegals and nurses, carefully evaluates each nursing home abuse case in our office. Each team member works with the goal of determining how and why an incident may have occurred and how we can achieve the best possible recovery for the individual or a family.

If you have a family member that was mistreated in a nursing home across Illinois, we are interested in discussing the circumstances with you.

Our law firm handles nursing home injury cases on a contingency fee basis where there is never a legal fee charged unless there is a financial recovery for you. Begin the process now by completing our case intake form or by calling our office.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric