Nursing homes have a legal duty to report any incident of abuse or allegation of abuse to the proper authorities including the facility’s Administrator, IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), state agencies and local law enforcement if a crime has been committed. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to train their nursing staff to take appropriate measures, and explicitly follow procedures and policies to minimize the potential of the victim being subjected to additional harm. Sadly, the Palos Hills elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims of abuse who have suffered a serious injury at the hands of their caregivers.Bria of Palos Hills
Bria of Palos Hills is a 177-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Palos Hills and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
10426 South Roberts
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465
Bria of Palos Hills offers:
- Skilled nursing care
- Long-term care
- Rehabilitation therapies including physical, occupational and speech
- Wound care
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
- Cardiac care
- Behavioral health
To ensure the information about nursing facilities remains current, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their databases to reflect newly opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations at facilities in the United States. The updated information is then posted on various state and federal sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Bria of Palos Hills maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health concerns. Our Palos Hills nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints, investigations and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Abuse, Mistreatment or Neglect of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/16/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow their abuse prevention protocol report an allegation of abuse.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Bria of Palos Hills affected one resident at the facility.”
The failure was first noted at 11:30 AM on 10/13/2015 when a resident stated that they “were in the dining room for breakfast this past Sunday (10/11/2015) [when walking] out to the food line to ask for some coffee.” The resident stated that when he asked a Certified Nursing Assistant “for some coffee, she yelled at him to go sit back down and wait.” The resident stated, “he felt bad and embarrassed after the incident and told [two other members of the nursing staff] what had happened.” The resident stated that he does stay out of the Certified Nursing Assistant’s “way because he did not want her to yell at him again that day.”
A different Certified Nursing Assistant stated on 10/13/2015 at 1:20 PM that “after breakfast on Sunday on 10/11/2015 around 8:30 AM, [the resident] told her he asked [the yelling CNA] for some extra food and was treated like a child and was rude.” The Certified Nursing Assistant being interviewed stated that the resident “told her that he had reported the incident to another staff member [...and that since the resident] had reported the incident to another staff member, she did not report the allegation to the Administrator or her manager [...and stated that] she knows different types of abuse and should have reported the incident to the Administrator per the facility’s abuse policy.”
The investigator then conducted an 8:45 AM 10/14/2015 interview with the facility’s Administrator who stated that both of the nursing staff who had received word that the resident was filing a complaint “should have reported to him/managers that [the resident] verbalize the staff member had treated him inappropriately.” In response to the allegation, the Administrator sent the abusive CNA “home yesterday (10/13/2015 afternoon as soon as the allegation of abuse was brought to his attention [...and] fax the initial abuse allegation yesterday (10/13/2015) when it was reported to him.” The Administrator stated that they “should have been notified on Sunday (10/11/2015, so the investigation could have been started and the initial report could have been sent to IDPH per facility’s policy.”
If your loved one was the victim of abuse or mistreatment while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Bria of Palos Hills, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in holding those responsible for your loved one’s harm financially and legally accountable. Our Cook County elder abuse lawyers have years of experience in handling nursing home cases involving abuse, mistreatment, sexual assault, negligence and financial exploitation. We have immediate access to all necessary resources to investigate your case, gather evidence and file a claim on your behalf to obtain the financial recompense you deserve.
To ensure that your case is successfully resolved we encourage you to contact our Palos Hills Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, private case consultation. We accept all personal injury cases on contingency so there is no need to make an upfront payment.