Champaign County is ready to settle a pair of lawsuits brought by families of nursing home residents who died from neglect.  The county board agenda lists settlements with the estates of Caroline Scalzo and Sonya Kington.

Ms. Kington, 78, an Alzheimer’s patient, was found dead in a hot courtyard on June 10, 2017. Four months later, the Illinois Department of Public Health fined the nursing home $25,000 in connection with her death, finding that it “failed to ensure the door alarm to the courtyard on the facility’s Alzheimer’s Unit was engaged and the door not propped open.”

The attorney for Kington’s estate said that settlement will be for “the insurance policy limits of $1 million.”

 

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