Many state and federal regulations, such as the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, have been established to protect persons who are some of society’s most vulnerable members.
Levin & Perconti is one of the nation’s most recognized and respected leaders in the area of nursing home negligence litigation. The tireless efforts of our Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have earned them well-deserved respect and recognition as leaders in the area of nursing home negligence litigation.
Earlier this week, our Chicago personal injury attorney, Steven M. Levin, filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a 47 year-old nursing home abuse victim, against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet, Illinois. According to the facts alleged in the complaint, the victim, William Kahle, was physically abused by another resident in September of 2011.
When nursing homes undertake to provide services to individuals, part of the responsibility that the facility takes on is the duty to supervise and protect every resident in its facility. Sometimes patients can be a danger to others, but when we entrust the care of our loved ones to healthcare professionals who hold themselves out to be experts in the field of nursing care, the facility accepts the responsibility to ensure the safety of its residents. At this particular care facility, a Department of Public Health investigation report revealed that 23 other residents were sexually, physically, verbally, or mentally abused by different residents or staff at the facility from May of 2011 through October of 2011.
William was admitted to Hillcrest in June of 2010, and in September of 2011, he was burned by a fellow resident at the nursing home. William’s father filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to investigate the incident, which revealed that “our client was burned by another resident, and that the nursing home did not document this incident of abuse or report it to the IDPH,” said Levin. The IDPH report also revealed that during this time, another resident, a 26-year-old male who suffers from bipolar disorder and ADHD, abused at least 23 other residents.
According to the report, this resident was transferred to Hillcrest in May 2011 after exhibiting aggressive behaviors and threatening residents and staff at another nursing home. “With this resident’s history, Hillcrest should have taken steps to prevent him from terrorizing and abusing other residents,” said Levin.
The lawsuit asserts that the facility violated federal and state nursing home regulations by failing to protect William from abuse and neglect. The suit alleges that Hillcrest placed residents in a dangerous environment by failing to monitor and adequately supervise residents who had a history of violent criminal acts and violent behavior, and that Hillcrest failed to develop and implement policies that prohibited the mistreatment, neglect, and abuse of residents. The claim also alleges that the facility failed to report our client’s abuse to the IDPH or his family.
Though a lawsuit can never undo an injury, it is a step in the right direction, both for achieving justice, and making those at fault pay for their careless actions.
Said the victim’s father, “our family trusted Hillcrest to take care of my son. We were shocked that they allowed another resident to burn him, but even more concerned when we read the full report. We could not believe the nursing home allowed another resident to terrorize and abuse so many residents.”
Both in and out of the courtroom, our Chicago personal injury lawyers have obtained over $100 million in nursing home verdicts and settlements for neglected residents and their families, and our attorneys have represented a number of individuals and families in cases involving resident abuse. Our attorneys are committed to protecting and vindicating the rights of people who are injured by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of nursing home negligence, contact an attorney to understand your rights under the law.