Lawsuit Against Evanston Nursing Home Alleges Burst Pipe Gave Man Pneumonia


INVESTIGATED BY THE STATE POLICE. WE SPOKE TO THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM BUT THEY REFUSED AND ON CAMERA INTERVIEW. IN WAUKEGAN, CESAR RODRIGUEZ, CBS 2 NEWS. BACK TO YOU. THE FAMILY OF A WORLD WAR II VETERAN SAYS HIS SITUATION AT AN EVANSTON NURSING HOME WENT FROM BAD TO WORSE. THEY CLAIM THE FACILITY MADE HIM SICK AND HE IS NOW FACING EVICTION. DANA KOZLOV SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE MAN’S SON TONIGHT. Reporter: CHARLES MANIS IS A DECORATED WORLD WAR II BOMBER PILOT. HE WORKED HARD AND RAISED A FAMILY. HE HAS BEEN LIVING IN EVANSTON’S WESTMINSTER NURSING FACILITY FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS, BUT A NEGLECT LAWSUIT FILED THIS MONTH CLAIMS CONTAMINATED WATER FROM A BURST SEWAGE PIPE OVER HIS BEDROOM LAST JUNE WAS NEVER PROPERLY ADDRESSED OR CLEANED BY THE STAFF, LEAVING THE 96-YEAR-OLD VETERAN SERIOUSLY ILL AND UNABLE TO ATTEND THE D-DAY CELEBRATION OVERSEAS. IT WENT FROM PNEUMONIA, TO THEM NEGLECTING HIM AND LEAVING HIM UNATTENDED IN THEIR CARE FACILITY FOR SUCH A LONG TIME THAT HE FELL AND BROKE HIS PELVIS. Reporter: HE HAD BEDSORES AND IS ULTIMATELY PERMANENTLY DISABLED. I SPOKE WITH HIS SON VIA SKYPE WHO SAID THAT INDEPENDENT TESTS FOUND FECAL MATTER AND MOLD SPORES IN THE UNIT. THE FAMILY BELIEVES IF THEY HAD ADDRESSED THE LEAK IN A TIMELY BASIS AND APPROPRIATELY CLEANED THE UNIT, IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. Reporter: BUT MARK SAYS IT ONLY GOT WORST. IN MAY, WESTMINSTER FILED SUIT TO EVICT HIS FATHER DESPITE A CONTRACT SIGNED IN 2003 AND MORE THAN $1 MILLION ALREADY PAID TO THE NURSING FACILITY. THE FAMILY AND EVICTION LAWYER BELIEVE IT IS RETALIATORY. TO GET HIM TO STOP, TO GET HIM TO NOT COMPLAIN. I THINK THE ORIGINAL INTENT WAS TO DROP IT. Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE LAWSUIT, WESTMINSTER CLAIMS HE OWES THEM MORE THAN $50,000. HIS SON AND ATTORNEY SAYS WESTMINSTER OWNS THEM MONEY FOR OVERBILLING FOR YEARS. THE BATTLE MANNED UP IN COURT. THE CHILDREN JUST WANT IT SETTLED. I THINK IT IS ALL SAD AND CONFUSING FOR HIM, WELL IT MAKES ME ANGRY. Reporter: I SPOKE WITH AN OFFICIAL WHO SAID THE FACILITY HAS NOT BEEN SERVED WITH A

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