$150,000 Settlement for Wrongful Death of Patient Who Was Refused Readmission to Nursing Home

Patrick DeLaurie Jr. suffered from numerous health issues that included diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease.  About eight months into his admission at Sentera Nursing Center-Chesapeake, DeLaurie was sent temporarily to a hospital intensive care unit.  He was later discharged to return to the nursing home, and this allegedly was communicated to the nursing home’s administrator.

Nevertheless, when DeLaurie returned to the nursing home, he was denied readmission.  The nursing home staff allegedly refused to allow DeLaurie to retrieve his possessions, medications or wheelchair, and threatened to arrest him for trespassing, claiming that he had left the hospital against medical advice.

DeLaurie died that week. He was survived by his two children, a former wife and a brother.

The DeLaurie estate sued the nursing home and affiliated entities alleging negligent failure to accommodate DeLaurie’s special needs, coordinate effective care and allow him into the facility upon his return from the hospital.

Before a jury trial, the case settled for $150,000.

The attorney representing the DeLaurie family was Andrew Sachs.

DeLaurie v. Sentera Nursing Center – Chesapeake, 2021 WL 1747784 (Va. Cir. Ct. Chesapeake City).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home negligence lawsuits, nursing home abuse lawsuits, wrongful death cases, elder abuse lawsuits, and nursing home bed sore cases 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 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Cary, Elgin, Downers Grove, Plainfield, Yorkville, Tinley Park, Carol Stream, St. Charles, LaGrange, Lombard, Elmhurst, Elk Grove Village, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Round Lake Beach, Crystal Lake, South Elgin, Wheaton, Bridgeview, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Crestwood, Forest Park, Chicago (Englewood, Burnside, Roseland, East Side, South Deering, Pullman, Avalon Park, Washington Park, Little Italy, Douglas, Kenwood, Bridgeport, Canaryville, West Loop, Old Town Triangle, Bucktown, Logan Square, Montrose Beach, Edgewater, Rogers Park), Skokie, Schiller Park, Morton Grove, Evanston, Kenilworth, and Lincolnshire, Ill.

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