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Nursing home blamed for patient's bowel obstruction that led to death

By Robert Hadley | Nov 23, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago nursing home under the Nursing Home Care Act, alleging neglect in the death of an elderly woman.

Alnita Tillman, executor of the estate of Willie May Briggs, filed a lawsuit Oct. 7 in Cook County Circuit Court against The Villa at Windsor Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Chicago.

According to the complaint, Briggs resided at The Villa between April 15 and April 22, 2014. During her stay, the suit says, she complained several times of stomach pain and experienced vomiting and poor appetite but never received the medication she had been promised for her symptoms.

On April 22, 2014, Tillman insisted Briggs, 87, be taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with an inoperable bowel obstruction and died 18 days later. The suit says the defendant is liable for failing to promptly identify and treat Briggs’ condition, which allegedly caused her death.

Tillman seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus litigation costs. She is represented by attorney Robin A. Grinnalds of Ed Fox & Associates in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L-010233.

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