Most traumatic brain injury cases stem from high impact incidents like car and truck accidents. However, falls are also a common source of these injuries. You do not have to be going 50 miles per hour upon impact to cause head trauma–even short falls, if they involve contact with a hard surface–can prove deadly.
Sadly, that is what happened to a local nursing home resident. In a case that recently went to trial, our attorneys represented a family whose loved one died a few months after suffering severe head damage in a nursing home fall. Following the incident the resident was diagnosed as suffering a subdural hematoma. This is a serious injury where there is bleeding on the surface of the brain.
The 81-year old male resident was at the Imperial Grove Pavilion in Chicago when the incident happened. As is common in these situations when a vulnerable resident suffers an injury, the harm lingered. Eventually, about nine months after the fall, the senior passed away. It was determined that the man’s death was connected to the injuries he sustained in the accident.
The case eventually went to trial last week. Firm senior partner and veteran attorney John J. Perconti led the effort, with associate Patricia Gifford sitting second chair in the case. Fortuantely, our team of attorneys was able to explain clearly how the resident’s injuries were caused by negligence. The jury agreed with our attorneys and returned a verdict in the plaintiffs favor for $645,000. In addition, because this invovled a legal claim under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, the defendants will also be requred to pay the attorney fees in the matter.
Speaking about the situation afterward, Attorney Perconti explained that, “Not many nursing home cases go to trial. Patricia and I secured a verdict in our client’s favor despite the defense bringing in a well-known trial lawyer from Florida to try the case.”
Interestingly, two other Levin & Perconti attorneys were arguing another case at the same time. The day before the verdict in this brain injury case was reached, a different jury found in favor of our client in a medical malpractice trial. That team, including associates Margaret Battersby Black and Cari Silverman, argued successfully for a family whose mother died a few months after falling off a radiology table and suffering serious injury at the Northwest Community Hospital.
All of us at Levin & Perconti are proud of the advocacy that each of the attorneys at our firm provides for those we represent. We understand that it is essential for our team to be willing to go the extra mile in all cases if necessary to secure fair compensation following an injury. Usually that can be recovered in a settlement, without the need to go to trial. However, if certain situations like those described above, a trial is needed. In those situtions, we are prepared to do whatever necessary to secure fairness and accountability for those hurt by negligence.