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Illinois Nursing Home Medical Error Case Valuation

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Nursing Home Law News represents nursing home residents after they have been injured by the facility’s negligence. These are typically some of the most serious and complicated kinds of disputes in Illinois personal injury law. This is especially the case when the mistake in question was a medical error.

Medical errors can be extremely costly and even life-threatening to nursing home residents. Even if the person survives, they are normally left completely changed after the accident. In some situations, their family has to step up and help them out in order to maintain a sense of normalcy.

Our team of lawyers specializes in assisting victims of Illinois nursing home negligence including those hurt by medical errors. We think that representing doctors, hospitals, nursing homes or related parties would detract from that mission. Therefore, we don’t do that.

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

It can be quite vexing trying to figure out why plaintiffs got the awards that they did in nursing home litigation especially when medical errors are to blame. You might even have a hard time telling all the victims, offenders, and circumstances apart because they can start to look similar.

However, there are some things you can do to have a better understanding why jury awards or settlement agreements emerged in this kind of litigation. Here are a couple of key points to monitor:

  • What was the victim’s condition prior to the incident?
  • What were the doctor’s instructions?
  • What policies and procedures did the nursing home have in place to prevent this type of incident?
  • What evidence of implementation of these policies and procedures can the nursing home prove?
  • What were the victim’s injuries?

Illinois Nursing Home Medical Error Verdicts And Settlements

$250,000 SETTLEMENT:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

In this unfortunate incident, an elderly resident was given a slew of medications while under the care of a nursing home. They included Cozaar, aspirin Lanoxin, oxybutynin, furosemide, and others. Unfortunately, they were not meant for her. They were supposed to go to other residents of the facility.

Tragically, the combination of drugs proved lethal and took her life. Representatives of her estate filed suit against the nursing home and eventually agreed to a settlement of $250,000 possibly because of the following reasons:

  • The nursing home could not produce significant evidence of supervision or monitoring of the resident.
  • The medications given to her were not prescribed or recommended by any of her personal physicians.
  • The woman was very old and infirm.

$850,000 VERDICT:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

This nursing home dispute involved a relatively young resident-a man in his early sixties. He was a doctor and residing at the facility until he could be transferred to a hospital to receive treatments. However, before he got there, the nursing home gave him a medication that was intended for his roommate.

It was for diabetes. The shock of the inappropriate medication sent him into a coma and caused him severe long-term health problems. The victim sued the nursing home for the injuries that this event caused and both sides settled prior to trial for $850,000.

Here are a few reasons why this agreement might have been reached:

  • The man was still relatively young and had expected to work in the future.
  • The event caused him great disability.
  • The medication given to him was clearly erroneous and definitively the cause of his injuries.

$42,000 VERDICT:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

In this incident, a woman in her late eighties was to be transferred from a nursing home to a hospital for treatment. However, in transit, she was dropped and then the trip to the hospital was delayed.

Unfortunately, her arthritis and previous scars were inflamed and worsened because of the slow trip and mishandling. She suffered significant pain and suffering. A jury awarded her $42,000 in damages for the discomfort that attended the accident.

Here is why she probably got what she did:

  • She had significant pre-existing injuries.
  • The plaintiff could not make a clear showing of just how much the accident added to her pain. She just could make a general allegation.
  • The nursing home staff were clearly negligent in transporting her to the hospital, both in dropping her and delaying the trip.

$1,169,000 VERDICT:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

The nursing home resident in this incident was an 80-year-old woman was transferred to the facility after undergoing surgery on her broken ankle at a nearby hospital. While living there, the doctors noted that she was at risk for stroke. However, over the course of the next few weeks, the nursing home staff ignored diagnostic tests and failed to put her on the correct medication.

As a result, she suffered a stroke. She lived the next four years of her life at the nursing home in pain and without control over basic body functions.

Lawyers for the elderly woman sued the nursing home and a jury awarded them $1,169,000 in damages most likely for the following reasons:

  • The plaintiffs could easily demonstrate that the defendants deviated from the appropriate medical standard of care.
  • The plainly experienced enormous pain and a decreased quality of life prior to passing away.
  • The defendants’ errors cost the women hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills to fix their mistakes.

$500,000 VERDICT:

Cook County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

In this nursing home a dispute, an 84-year-old man died after enduring a pattern of mismanagement. His lawyers argued that the institution did not give him the medicine that he needed or take care of his bed sores. As a result, his counsel said that its failures led to his death.

The defendant nursing home completely denied all responsibility and contended that his death was beyond their control. The jury didn’t buy that argument and awarded the man’s estate $500,000 most likely because of some of these facts:

  • The man’s bed sores progressed from Stage I to Stage IV while under their care.
  • The man clearly didn’t have access to the medication that he was prescribed.
  • The man’s health declined rapidly for no apparent reason other than the mistreatment of the nursing home.

$75,000 VERDICT:

Sangamon County, Illinois nursing home medical error case.

A 94-year-old woman died while in the care of a nursing home and her family thought it was the facility’s fault so they brought suit. They alleged a variety of misconduct including the following: failure to transport her to the doctor; failure to properly supervise her; and failure to care for her.

The defendant nursing home disagreed with all of these contentions and denied that they were at fault. The jury found for the family and awarded them $75,000. Here are some important points to note about this case:

  • The woman was of very old age and her estate could not make a strong argument against the notion that she died of natural causes.
  • However, the woman suffered from hematoma prior to passing away and this went unnoticed by the nursing home staff which is indicative of negligence.

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

We spend a lot of time reviewing every case that we receive. Nursing home incidents with medical errors demand it. They are complex and impact the victims beyond description.

To help in this process, we have assembled an expert staff of lawyers, assistance, medical associates, and others to figure out how the particular nursing home resident got hurt and who was to blame. It is an exhaustive process but it is necessary to achieve the compensation that victims deserve.

Did a nursing home make a medical error and harm you or somebody in your family?

If they did, then you might be entitled to recover compensation under the laws of Illinois. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can make sure that you get every dollar of recovery that you need and deserve.

It’s not an easy process in Illinois but our law firm has the skill and resources to get you through it effectively and quickly. Plus, if we’re not successful, we won’t charge you. Call now to begin down that road to recovery.

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