Elderly woman sues over allegedly neglectful nursing home care

By Dan Harkins | Jul 28, 2015

A woman is suing a nursing home for allegedly neglectful care leading to infection and surgery.

A woman is suing a nursing home for allegedly neglectful care leading to infection and surgery.

Lisa Sliepcevic, as representative of Gwendolyn Sliepcevic, filed a complaint on July 23 in Cook County Circuit Court against Lexington Health Care Center of LaGrange Inc., doing business as Lexington of LaGrange, Royal Management Corp. and Vesta Management Group.

Gwendolyn Sliepcevic was a resident of Lexington of LaGrange, 4735 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, from Dec. 12, 2013, to Dec. 27, 2013. During this time, the lawsuit states, the long-term care facility knew about her constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

On Dec. 19, she had symptoms of abdominal pain and discomfort, the lawsuit states, and a day later, she had symptoms of a bowel infection.

On Dec. 24, 2013, she had cramps and abdominal and back pain, as well as loose stool and pain to her inner buttocks. Two days later, the lawsuit states, she had constant pain in her rectum and uterus, then, on Dec. 27, she showed vaginal bleeding and was admitted to MacNeal Hospital and was diagnosed with rectovaginal fistula, acute renal failure, sepsis, anemia and dehydration.

After also showing to have a high white blood cell count, she underwent a fecal disimpaction on Dec. 29, as well as an end-loop colostomy.

Due to the defendants' allegedly negligent acts, the lawsuit states, the defendant suffered a rectovaginal fistula, requiring surgery and hospitalization, as well as pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and medical expenses. The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $200,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Jordan Powell, Mackenzie Mahony and Daisy Ayllon, of Levin and Perconti in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007515.

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