Man sues nursing home after father's death

By Robert Hadley | Feb 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man claims that caregivers at the Provena Villa Franciscan nursing home in Joliet were negligent in caring for his father, ultimately leading to the older man's death.

Thomas Matthews, independent administrator for the estate of Edward Matthews Sr., filed a lawsuit Feb. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court against Provena Villa Franciscan and Presence Life Connections, alleging violations of negligence under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Edward Matthews Sr. was admitted to Provena Villa Franciscan on Dec. 26, 2013, with a history of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and other conditions. The suit says that during his stay, Matthews suffered from needless and preventable multiple pressure sores to his lower extremities, a Stage III pressure sore to his lower back, sepsis, pneumonia, respiratory distress and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which the suit alleges hastened his death on Feb. 4, 2014.

Thomas Matthews seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000. He is represented by attorney Jeffrey Schlapp of Schlapp Law Group LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L001217

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