$90,000 Settlement for the Death of Nursing Home Resident Caused by Inadequate Care Plan

Thomas Handzus, 75, suffered from dementia, schizophrenia, malnutrition and other ailments. He was a resident of Meadowview Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

During his approximate three-month stay at this nursing home facility, he experienced weight loss, aggressive behavioral disturbances and confusion. Handzus also left the facility unsupervised or was wandering.  It became necessary for him to be transferred to a behavioral health unit for psychiatric care.

After Handzus returned to the nursing home, he fell and hit his head. Following a hospitalization, he was transferred to hospice care and died several days later. He was survived by his son.

The Handzus estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Meadowview Rehabilitation, claiming that the nursing home had chosen not to implement proper plans for his nutrition, hydration and his behavioral issues.

Before trial, the case was settled for $90,000.

The attorneys representing the Handzus family were Jeffrey M. Rosenbaum and Denise M. Moscariello.

Handzus v. Meadowview Rehab. & Nursing Center, No. 2019-12396 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Montgomery County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home fall cases, nursing home bedsore cases, nursing home negligence lawsuits and medical negligence 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 Evanston, Elmhurst, Lincolnshire, Rosemont, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Melrose Park, LaGrange, Bedford Park, Hickory Hills, Blue Island, Oak Forest, Homer Glen, Villa Park, Lombard, Rolling Meadows, Hawthorne Woods, Highland Park, Homewood, Chicago (Edgewater, Lincoln Park, Belmont Gardens, Kilbourn Park, Old Irving Park, Albany Park, Little India, Greek Town, Uptown, Park West, Gold Coast, New East Side, Chinatown, Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, Pullman, Pilsen), Palos Heights, Crestwood and Forest Park, Ill.

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