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Dehydration, neglect alleged in lawsuit

By Robert Hadley | Jan 29, 2016

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CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a long-term care facility, claiming that negligence allowed her mother to develop life-threatening complications.

Carmelita Gammons, independent administrator of the estate of Madaluer Gammons, filed a lawsuit Jan. 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against Symphony Aria LLC, alleging negligence under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Madaluer Gammons suffered from senile dementia and memory loss as a resident of Aria Post Acute Care. The suit says the defendant’s staff failed to protect Gammons from neglect, allowing pressure ulcers to develop and progress and failing to prevent dehydration and malnutrition. As a result of the alleged negligence, the suit says, Gammons required medical and surgical care, incurred medical expenses, and suffered pain, disability and disfigurement.

Carmelita Gammons is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus litigation costs. She is represented by attorney David G. Pribyl of Dudley & Lake LLC in Libertyville.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000838

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