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Friday, July 15, 2011

Maryhaven of Glenview Nursing Home Resident Dies from Assault

It has been reported that 86-year old Mercedes Iverson, who was a resident at Maryhavevn Nursing and Rehabilitation in Glenview, died on July 14, 2011 as a result of homicide. Ms. Iverson's death was originally reported as a result of a fall, but an autopsy concluded that Ms. Iverson's death was actually caused by a physical assault from another person. The reports do not indicate any suspects in the homicide, but it appears that Ms. Iverson died while a resident at Maryhaven.

A nursing home has a duty under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to provide services and supervision to keep its residents safe. This includes keeping residents safe from other residents as well as making sure no employees or staff members cause harm to a resident. Any nursing home that fails to meet these basic requirements may ultimately be found liable in a civil action against the home and be subject to investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The nursing home negligence and abuse attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. are saddened whenever there is another incident like this in the Chicago area. This is why we tirelessly work to seek justice for the families of victims of abuse in nursing homes. If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, please contact Illinois Nursing Home Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pekin Nursing Home Resident Dies in Fire

The Associated Press is reporting that 68-year-old Barbara Harris of Pekin died Wednesday at a Springfield hospital as a result of injuries she suffered in a fire at the UAW Senior Citizens Center. Harris was badly burned in the blaze. According to the reports, fire officials say Harris fell asleep while smoking in a chair in her room at the UAW Senior Citizens Center. Ms. Harris was using an oxygen tank at the time of the incident, and the oxygen accelerated the flames.

Similar cases have occurred in the past. The news reports due to address how long the fire was present prior to being discovered and does not address any of the circumstances as to how or why Ms. Harris was smoking in her room at the nursing home. In many nursing homes smoking is not permitted on the premises. It is unknown if the UAW Senior Citizens Center permitted smoking.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, please contact Illinois Nursing Home Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com. All initial consultations are confidential and free.