Bridgeview Nursing Home Hit With Coronavirus Death Lawsuit, Alleging Negligence
A long-term care facility in Bridgeview, IL, is being sued by the family of a deceased resident over claims that it failed to meet infection control and prevention standards, leading to the death of the resident from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The lawsuit names Bridgeview Health Care Center, a 146-bed long-term care facility at 8100 S. Harlem Avenue, as the defendant. The suit was filed June 3 in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of Tina Meskill, who accuses Bridgeview of “reckless and grossly negligent conduct” that directly led to the death of her stepfather, James Zbonski.
According to the lawsuit, Bridgeview didn’t change its practices in response to the pandemic even though the state had issued guidelines for infection control and prevention of COVID-19 in nursing homes on March 13.
Zbonksi, who passed away on April 6, 2020, purportedly started complaining and presenting symptoms of COVID-19 in March. The suit claims that his complaints “fell on [the] deaf ears of a nursing home corporation that put profits over the health and safety of its residents and staff.”
Meskill told the press she was informed her stepfather was experiencing symptoms of the virus on March 29, and that he was being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for evaluation.
Zbonski tested positive for COVID-19 and died at Advocate Christ less than a week later. The county medical examiner’s office attributed his death to acute respiratory failure and pneumonia as a result of a coronavirus infection.
Bridgeview has reported 34 positive COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic started. When the facility was inspected by the state on April 14, officials concluded it was still failing to contain the spread of the virus due to inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning procedures, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims Bridgeview put profits ahead of resident and staff safety by intentionally misallocating resources and understaffing the facility. Zbonski’s family is demanding a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000.
Nursing homes like Bridgeview must have an infection prevention and control plan in place in case of a disease outbreak. Facilities that don’t take state-recommended guidelines to protect vulnerable residents may be held liable for any resulting deterioration in health or death.
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