$1.89 Million Jury Verdict for Nursing Home Resident’s Fall and Injuries

Christine Mitchell, 70, was a resident of Grace Healthcare of Tucker where she required assistance with all activities of daily living.

One morning, a nursing home assistant attempted to change Mitchell’s bed linens while she remained in the bed.

While the bed linen change was ongoing, the nursing assistant rolled Mitchell off the bed. She suffered a large bruise on the right side of her forehead and was later diagnosed as having a subdural hematoma — bleeding within the brain.

Mitchell was transferred to hospice care for the next several weeks, where she was unable to communicate. She died approximately a month after the fall and was survived by her two adult sons.

One of Mitchell’s sons, individually, and on behalf of his mother’s estate, sued the nursing home’s owner alleging that it chose not to prevent her fall by keeping the bed rails in place. He also alleged that the nursing home assistant should have been assisted by another aide while Mitchell’s bed linens were being changed as was planned. The Mitchell estate claimed that the nursing home and the nurse should have performed the linen change with assistance, at minimum.

In addition, the lawsuit alleged that the nursing home failed to implement a proper care plan for Mitchell, who suffered numerous falls throughout her residency at Grace Healthcare.

The attorneys successfully representing the Mitchell family in this lawsuit were Evan Jones, Michael A. Prieto, William Holbert and Jonathan Marigliano.

Mitchell v. Tucker Invs. & Assocs, No. 17A65415-7 (Ga. St. Ct. DeKalb County, May 1, 2019).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home negligence lawsuits, nursing home fall cases, nursing home bed sore lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing negligence lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Schiller Park, Bensenville, Itasca, Elk Grove Village, Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, Prospect Heights, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Kildeer, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northfield, Glenview, Chicago (Avondale, Old Irving Park, Portage Park, Belmont Central, Galewood, West Garfield Park, Homan Square, North Lawndale, Illinois Medical District, Little Italy, Armour Square, Prairie Shores, Dearborn Homes, Lake Meadows, Groveland Park, Oakland, North Kenwood, Grand Boulevard, Hyde Park, Washington Park, Woodlawn, Jackson Park Highlands, Pocket Town, East Chatham, Pill Hill, Calumet Heights, Jeffrey Manor, Burnside, Westchester Field, Princeton Park), Waukegan, Romeoville, Wood Dale, Norridge, Roselle, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Streamwood, South Elgin, Barrington Hills, Palatine, Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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