$1 Million Jury Verdict for Wrongful Death of Nursing Home Resident Due to Understaffing

Edward Arnold was 70 when he was admitted to Whitestone Care Center for rehabilitation after a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg. After he went through dialysis, he was placed in a chair and left alone.

Arnold later fell, fracturing his right hip. The rehabilitation center’s staff then placed him back in his bed. Several days later, he was admitted to a hospital where he underwent hip surgery. Because of the hip fracture, he received additional rehabilitation, but he died months later of unrelated causes.

Arnold’s estate sued the nursing home, its corporate owners and managers, and other related corporate entities, alleging failure to adequately staff the nursing home, corporate negligence and joint venture liability.

Arnold’s estate claimed that these defendants and its staff should not have left him unattended when he was tired from the dialysis and chose not to timely provide medical treatment for his hip fracture.

The jury signed a verdict for $1 million. The court denied the defendants’ post-trial motions.

The attorneys successfully handling this difficult case were Ian T. Norris and Jordan M. Solarz.

At this jury trial, the plaintiff’s counsel presented experts in nursing and geriatrics.

The defendants presented experts in nursing policy, geriatrics and orthopedic surgery.

Arnold v. Whitestone Healthcare Group, LLC, No. 2396 CV 2016 (Pa. Ct. Common Pleas, Monroe County, April 18, 2018).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home negligence lawsuits, nursing home abuse cases, nursing home bed sore cases and medical malpractice 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 Melrose Park, New Lenox, Lansing, Lemont, Kenilworth, Wheaton, St. Charles, Aurora, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Hillside, Elmhurst, Wheaton, Hinsdale, Chicago (Rogers Park, North Lawndale, Garfield Park, West Rogers Park, Austin, Gresham, Pill Hill, Pullman, Pilsen, Belmont Cragin), Niles, Des Plaines and Morton Grove, Ill.

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