Answers sought after 78-year-old found dead in nursing home courtyard | News-Gazette.com

The long-term resident was found in an outdoor courtyard Saturday afternoon when the high temperature reached 87 degrees. Coroner Duane Northrup said she may have been outside for as long as three hours.

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Nursing facilities have a duty to care for the safety of its residents and to protect them from harm. Investigating the cause of death is important because if it is unrelated to being exposed to high temperatures, then no damages will be available. If a vulnerable resident was exposed to temperature extremes and this contributed to her death then a claim for wrongful death may  be pursued.

Taylorville, Jerseyville nursing facilities fined for substandard care

A Taylorville nursing home where a resident died after falling and hitting her head while workers tried to move her from her bed to a wheelchair paid a reduced fine of $16,250 in connection with the Aug. 22 incident.The settlement was among fines leveled against nursing homes, including Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab in Jerseyville, that were processed in October, November and December by the Illinois Department of Public Health.Public Health originally fined Taylorville Care Center $25,000 for

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People who are injured in nursing homes may sue for damages related to negligent care.