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October 15, 2011

A former worker at Woodstock nursing home in Illinois pleaded guilty to neglect of a care facility resident. The case involved the woman giving a patient an overdose of medicine which possibly led to the patient’s death.

The 60-year-old former nursing home worker originally faced more serious charges but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in exchange for the guilty plea.

The woman now faces up to 3 years in prison for her nursing home abuse.

The issue of over-medicating patients in nursing homes is a big problem and a very dangerous form of nursing home abuse. Over-medicating is sometimes a result of carelessness on the part of staff and can have very serious consequences. Over-medicating nursing home residents has also been used as a cruel form of chemical restraint.

If you or a family member has been a victim of any form of nursing home abuse or neglect we recommend you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away.

source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-14/news/chi-woman-takes-plea-bargain-in-nursing-home-deaths-20111014_1_woodstock-residence-marty-himebaugh-plea-bargain

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