COOK COUNTY — A patient's relative is suing a long-term care facility in Oak Lawn, alleging violation of the Nursing Home Care Act.

Ethelyn Hoover, as attorney-in-fact for Stephen Hoover, filed a complaint on Feb. 24, in Cook County Circuit Court against ManorCare of Oak Lawn (East) IL, LLC alleging that the long-term care facility failed to  protect Stephen Hoover from neglect; provide necessary care and services; assess and reassess him  upon change in condition; communicate to the direct care staff a care plan to address his risk of falling; administer and document treatments, medications and care; timely implement appropriate intervention and supervision; notify his physician and family about conditions related to falls; ensure that his environment was free of hazards; and take other steps needed to prevent injuries in falls at the facility.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between June 11, 2014 and July 2, 2014, Stephen Hoover suffered injuries from a fall while in the care of the nursing home, including a broken hip that required hospitalization and surgical care. The plaintiff holds ManorCare of Oak Lawn responsible because it allegedly neglected to take the responsible and legally required steps to protect Stephen Hoover while he was under its care.

The plaintiff seeks compensation for attorney's fees and costs as provided by statute, and a fair and just amount in excess of $50,000.  Susan L. Novosad and Ashley H. Herschberger of Levin & Perconti in Chicago are representing the plaintiff.

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