Illinois negligence suit: Terminated therapy killed patient

Health care professionals are obligated to treat nursing home residents with the same dignity and respect as other patients. Unfortunately, many Chicago nursing home abuse victims are senior citizens with physical or mental conditions that make communication difficult or unlikely. The patient’s vulnerability can invite neglect.

Illinois families cannot monitor loved ones in nursing homes around the clock. Patients might not be aware of the poor treatment they receive, like a wrongly-administered drug, or be able to express concerns about neglect. Family members may be left wondering whether a relative is getting quality care.

A nursing home in Southwestern Illinois and the facility’s doctors are named in a wrongful death claim filed by the estate of a former patient. The woman was a resident of the Rosewood Care Center just a little over a month, before she died in February.

The patient had been taking medication to fight the formation of life-threatening blood clots, when she was admitted to the Alton home. The legal complaint says nursing home doctors ended the anticoagulation therapy, without warning the patient the drug’s discontinuance could cause a stroke.

A stroke was responsible for the nursing home resident’s death.

The lawsuit contends doctors and the nursing home acted “negligently and carelessly” by stopping the blood clot therapy. The claim includes damages for the family’s emotional distress following the woman’s death.

Compensation sought in wrongful death lawsuits may cover actual losses, like costs for a funeral and burial, as well as mental anguish and lost companionship suffered by the victim’s survivors.

Medical malpractice juries decide whether defendants provided adequate or substandard health care. Negligence may be determined as a result of defendant actions or failures to take action, based on what other medical professionals in the same field would do. In some cases, verdicts include punitive damages which serve as punishment and as warnings to other negligent health care providers.

Source: The Telegraph, “Wrongful death suit filed” Sanford Schmidt, Jan. 17, 2014

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Illinois negligence suit: Terminated therapy killed patient