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Nursing Home Facing Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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An 82-year-old woman died, in May, at Lemont Nursing Home where she resided since 2004. Now, her daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming the facility contributed to her mother’s death with abuse and neglect.

The lawsuit was filed on July 18 in Cook County Circuit Court. The suit alleges Lemont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to provide her mother with efficient care that could have prevented the injuries that lead to her death.

The woman died three days after she fell and fractured her leg and hip at the home.

“The daughter is very disappointed and angry at the care her mother received,” said Thorp’s attorney Steven Levin. “She was clearly an individual at risk for falls, and she believes that the nursing home, despite what they told her, did not take the simple precautions necessary. She’s also concerned that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

The lawsuit also names the nursing home’s owner – the Evanston-based Care Centers Inc – who also runs facilities in the metropolitan Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

The suit alleges that while she resided at the home, she suffered other injuries including an infected sore on her leg and cuts on her face after being attacked by another resident.