Residents assaulting other residents in long-term care centers are common occurrences in Illinois. Because of that, the employees, direct care staff members, nurses, doctors, and management are required to follow their training/protocols to ensure that a safe environment is maintained for every client in the facility. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers take appropriate measures to protect the well-being and life of their residents who are often unable to protect themselves. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented individuals who suffered resident-to-resident assault while residing at Illinois long-term care centers (LTC) like Benjamin Green-Field Residence.
Benjamin Green-Field Residence
This LTC Center is a ‘for profit’ 16-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Libertyville and Lake County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
14245 W. Rockland
Libertyville, IL 60048
Libertyville LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH—ltc.dph.illinois.gov) database system for a comprehensive list of safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information outlines valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and health management.
The Lake County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous safety concerns, violations, inquiries and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Report or Investigate Incidents Involving Aggression
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/21/2013, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey of the facility’s failure to “notify the Illinois Department of Public Health and Administrator (IDPH) for five client-to-client aggression incidences for the month of January 2013 and February 2013.”
One incident was first documented in the facility’s 01/11/2013 Participant Behavioral Incident Follow-Up Report stating that on that date, the resident said another resident “hit him in the left upper arm.” The investigator noted that “the report did not have documentation on being reported to the IDPH” as required by state law.
A separate incident occurring on 01/19/2013 was first documented in the facility’s Incident Report that reads that on that date, a resident “hit [another resident] in the arm. The report noted that the facility Administrator was not notified of this incident. The report did not have documentation of being reported to the IDPH [State Agency].”
A third incident was documented on 02/03/2013 in the Incident Report that reads that on that date, a resident “hit [another resident].” In this incident, it was noted that “the facility Administrator was not notified of this incident” and the report did not have documentation on being reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
On 02/17/2013, the Incident Report Form revealed that on that date, a resident “hit [another resident] twice on his right upper arm.” The facility Administrator was not notified of the incident and there was no documentation of the incident being reported to the State Agency.
An assault occurring on 02/18/2013 was also documented in the Incident Report Form that reads that on that date, a resident hit a “non-residential participant on her left hand and called her an idiot.” The investigator noted that the facility Administrator was not notified of the assault, nor was it reported to the state as required.
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Behavior Service Specialist on 03/20/2013 who “confirmed that the above incidences were not reported to the Administrator and / or IDPH due to a different direction received from [the Consultant] in January 2013 regarding reporting incidences to” the State Agency.
- Failure to Obtain Informed Consents before Following Programs to Be Conducted
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/21/2013, a notation was made by a state surveyor involving the facility's failure to "Ensure written informed consents were obtained for [three residents] taking medications for behavior reasons and sedation prior to medical, dental appointments.”
The state investigator reviewed three resident’s Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) that included doctor prescribed medications including antipsychotics, antidepressants, and other psychotropic medications. It was noted that the facility changed the residents’ medications and increase dosages without obtaining and informed consent from the resident or the resident’s guardian as is required by law. In one case, “there was no written consent for [a resident’s] guardian for the alprazolam [to treat anxiety and panic disorder] received prior to dental and mammogram appointments.
Libertyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured, neglect or mistreated while residing as a client at Benjamin Green-Field Residence, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our skilled Libertyville attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim case of substandard care, mistreatment, and neglect, and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
Schedule your complimentary, no-obligation initial recompense claim review today by calling our Lake County negligent case law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and long-term care abuse and neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are paid for our legal fees only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.