Nursing home resident allegedly was given high dose of anti-psychotic drug, became unresponsive

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 13, 2018

CHICAGO — A woman is suing Generations at Regency, S.I.R. Management and Generations Network, alleging a relative was given a high dose of the drug Risperdal while in the defendants' care, causing her to become unresponsive.

Maria Sokolowski, as independent administrator of the estate of Zofia Sokolowski, filed a complaint on Sept. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Zofia Sokolowski was admitted to Generations nursing facility in 2013 with a diagnosis of dementia, pneumonia, coronary artery disease, depression and hypertension. In 2016, she allegedly was prescribed a low dose of Risperdal to treat hallucinations.

According to the complaint, while a resident at defendants' facility, Sokolowski was given Risperdal that was four times higher than her usual dose, which allegedly caused to become unresponsive. Furthermore, there allegedly was no signed consent in the record for her to receive Risperdal.

The plaintiff claims there were no nursing assessments of her condition to monitor her breathing and vital signs, after she allegedly was given a high dose of the drug.

Because of her unresponsiveness, Sokolowski was taken to a local hospital emergency room for treatment, where she allegedly also was found to have  bruising on her arms. She was discharged back to Generations nursing facility, but found to have a urinary tract infection, according to court documents.

She returned to the hospital and was discharged in September 2016 to a different nursing facility, where she died in April 2017.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits. She is represented by attorney Benjamin L. Carter of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwatz in Chicago.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-009511

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