The Chicago Tribune reported last week that the Illinois family of a disabled woman has filed an Illinois nursing home neglect lawsuit against an Aurora nursing home. The family also filed an injury lawsuit against the nursing home resident who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her. The nursing home neglect lawsuit filed last week in Kane County, Illinois names Fox River Pavilion nursing home in Aurora and a patient there as the nursing home neglect defendants.
The Illinois nursing home lawsuit alleges that a 39 year-old resident sexually assaulted the woman in his room at the nursing home. The nursing home neglect victim suffers from dementia and was in a bruised, battered, and bloodied condition after the attack. The Illinois lawsuit also claims that the resident has been arrested numerous times and suffers from bipolar disorder in addition to other mental issues. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home should have more closely monitored or restricted the alleged assaulter and also alleges that it failed to provide additional security or therapies that may have treated his behavior.
The 39 year-old assaulter is being held in Kane County Jail awaiting a criminal trial on multiple counts of eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, and battery. State records confirm that the assaulter has served prison stints in Cook County, Illinois for burglary in addition to retail theft convictions.
The Aurora nursing home has a recent history of trouble with Illinois nursing home neglect. In December, a resident of the nursing home died of heart failure after his roommate was attacked. In February, officials from the state of Illinois and the federal government terminated funding to the nursing home after investigating the December case and others. The Illinois nursing home attorneys Levin & Perconti believe that staffing is one of the most important issues to nursing home safety and state reports in regards to this Aurora nursing home confirm this. State reports stated that a lack of staffing contributed to resident-on-resident attacks and that the staff failed to properly monitor and treat aggressive mentally ill felons housed in the nursing home.
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