CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago elderly care center, alleging its staff allowed her mother to develop dangerous wounds while she was a resident at the facility.

Jesusa Amaro, independent administrator of the estate of Emilia Ocasio, filed a lawsuit Dec. 18 in Cook County Circuit Court against Center Home Hispanic Elderly LLC, doing business as Center Home Hispanic Elderly, alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Ocasio developed pressure ulcers on her elbows, coccyx, ankle, heel and ear after her July 2011 admission to Center Home. The suit says the defendant and its caregivers failed to develop a treatment plan to avoid these injuries and failed to adequately treat them once they developed. 

The wounds, the lawsuit alleges, led to the overall deterioration of Ocasio’s mental and physical condition, damages she would have been entitled to claim had she lived. Ocasio died Oct. 12, 2014.

Amaro seeks a six-person jury trial and damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorney David M. Resis of the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2015-L012761

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