The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. recently reached a $400,000 settlement in a nursing home death case against a Chicago nursing facility in which a 67-year old Schizophrenic woman with insulin-dependent diabetes suffered a hypoglycemic episode, which caused her to fall into a coma from which she ultimately never awoke.
On the day before the decedent suffered her hypoglycemic episode, the nursing facility was alleged to have recorded the decedent’s blood sugar level (referred to as Accu-checks) at a level which necessitated contacting her physician. The nursing home disputed that the doctor needed to be contacted.
The dispute centered around the medical administration record which is depicted here:
The Plaintiff contended that the reading was “59” reflecting an abnormally low level, triggering a duty to contact the doctor, and the Nursing Home contended the reading was “159” which was within the normal range.