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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 neighborhood facility at the time. The woman was found in a bathtub with the water running by staff members.  Police were called to the facility and paramedics took Engstrom to St. Francis Hospital where she later pronounced dead. The autopsy states that Engstrom died from drowning.

Seafield’s suit stated that the staff should have monitored her mother more closely as Engstrom had expressed suicidal thoughts to staff members. Otherwise, the woman would not have been able to drown herself in the facility’s tub room. If the settlement is approved by the court, the total amount of $102,500 will be paid to Seafield and her lawyers.

Nursing home negligiance can lead to bedsores, poor health conditions and death in some instances. If you or a loved one knows someone who has a family member that suffered negligence in nursing home care, call Spiros Law, P.C. for professional legal representation.