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A nursing home operator that has facilities in Illinois and Indiana is once again facing neglect charges. The suit involves a case of an 83-year-old patient whose leg was amputated, allegedly because the nursing home staff continually didn’t feed her.

A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court by a woman on behalf of her mother, accusing the South Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC and its parent company, Care Centers Inc., of several different types of abuse.

Care Centers operates 26 facilities with 4,224 beds in the Chicago and North Indiana area, including facilities that are located in Lansing, Chicago Heights and various other areas.

This is the second suit in the past two months that has been filed against Care Center Inc, alleging serious neglect at one of their facilities.

According to the lawsuit, a South Side resident was not properly fed on 88 occasions between July and December 2005. Brison became dehydrated and more susceptible to infection as a result of the missed feedings, the lawsuit alleges.

The Illinois Department of Public Health investigated and found that Brison did not receive feedings on a significant number of occasions. Her attorney, pointed out that she had diabetes and was particularly vulnerable to the devastating infections that led to her leg being amputated.

Since March 2006, Brison has had two leg amputation surgeries. The lawsuit claims that South Shore is responsible for the infections that made the operations necessary. After the operations she was taken back to South Shore where she remained until her death in October 2006.

The family was searching for other homes, but before they could place her somewhere else she passed away. Care Centers is the defendant in a suit filed in January relating to neglect and abuse at a nursing home in Chicago Heights.

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