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Senior Associate Patricia Gifford Live on Air

Spiros Law Senior Associate, Patricia Gifford, was recently featured on both the River and Valley radio stations in Kankakee, where she answered questions about nursing home abuse and neglect. Patricia specializes in nursing home litigation and medical malpractice, but her primary focus is nursing home litigation. In the interview, she explains the different signs that [….]


Federal Report: Illinois leads nation in nursing home abuse cases, while far too many still go unreported

According to a report released by the Department of Health & Human Services, an audit recently faulted the Medicare system for failing to enforce federal laws requiring immediate notification of possible sexual and physical abuse. In the report, Illinois had the largest number of incidents (at 17 overall) during the two year-span of the audit, [….]


Patricia Gifford discusses nursing home abuse with Fox News

A member of the , team, Patricia Gifford, recently spoke with Fox News reporters in Illinois about family rights and new litigation regarding rights for patients in elder care facilities. The interview comes in light of recent news regarding the case of Channing Butler, who is accused of conspiring to record sexual assaults on patients at [….]


Illinois to Allow Camera Monitoring in Nursing Homes

Illinois’ governor recently signed a new law that will allow for the installation of monitoring devices in nursing homes. This law comes at time in which families of nursing home residents have grown increasingly concerned about the activities that occur in long-term care facilities amid reports of nursing home abuse and neglect. The law is [….]


Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Chicago Nursing Home

A family is awaiting court approval for a settlement agreement in regards to a wrongful death lawsuit against a Chicago nursing home. Jennifer Seafield filed the suit against Warren Park Health and Living Center after the death of her mother, Jean Engstrom, on July 4, 2010. Engstrom, 51, was living at the West Rogers Park [….]


Joliet Nursing Home Facing Revocation of License

Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet is facing revocation of their license to operate a nursing home as well as the loss of Medicare reimbursement from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The investigation from CMS was a result of complaints about a 26-year-old male resident who sexually, physically or mentally [….]


State health department may pull license at Joliet nursing home

Administrators for a Joliet nursing home, that has been in the center of conflict, will now be meeting with the Illinois state health department in order to determine whether or not that home will remain operating or not. After  multiple incidents were reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be ending the provider [….]


Legislature passes bill to raise taxes to pay for nursing home facilities

State authorities have announced that a bill has been passed that will raise the taxes that is currently levied in nursing homes in order to bring in an estimated $145 million next year. After this money is brought in, the government health care funding will approve for that number to be matched nearly the same [….]


Nursing home staff involved in alleged sexual abuse case

An investigation is currently underway at an Illinois nursing home after a claim was made against a certified nursing assistant at the nursing home. Details on the case have not been released, but it is known that a resident at the home was allegedly sexually abused in some way by the nursing staff member. This [….]


Bourbonnais Woman accused of Criminal Abuse of a Disabled Person.

A hearing has been set for a woman who is accused of hitting a disabled man with a shoe. Aleyamma Kurien, 63, of Bourbonnais is accused of hitting the Shapiro Developmental Center resident with a shoe and has been charged with one count of criminal abuse of a disabled person in connection with the alleged [….]