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Record settlement in nursing home case

Published on November 20th, 2008

Chicago’s Daily Herald had an article about a million dollar settlement between a nursing home and the family of a resident who died after repeatedly falling at the nursing home in Libertyville.  The case, prompted by the 2005 death of 83-year-old Helen Menneke at Winchester House, was settled out of court after mediation.   Attorney Susan Novosad called the figure the largest nursing home negligence settlement in county history.

Menneke, formerly of Mundelein, was admitted to Winchester House in January 2004, suffering from dementia, Novosad said.   She fell several times over the course of the year, suffering a brain injury and broken bones, Novosad said.   Injuries from a final fall in December 2004 required surgery, and Menneke died in January 2005.

After Menneke’s death, Winchester House instituted new policies requiring staff to more frequently check patients’ wheelchair and bed alarms to ensure they’re working properly, Novosad said.

"The family was outraged that this happened to their relative," Novosad said. "(They) didn’t want this to happen to anybody else."
 

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