Resident assault is a common occurrence in Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers, especially at facilities with minimal staffing, untrained care providers, and overcrowded conditions. Unfortunately, many LTC homes fail to take appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of the residents against accident hazards and physical/mental/sexual assault by other residents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented individuals who were abused or mistreated at Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Briarbrook Place.
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares to residents of East Peoria and Tazewell County, Illinois. The 6-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
228 Briarbrook Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
East Peoria Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health [ltc.dph.illinois.gov] to review a complete list of all safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The regularly updated website can be used to make a well-informed decision on which nursing facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Tazewell County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care home that include:
- Failure to Notify the State Agency of an Incident involving Peer-To-Peer Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/09/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during a survey concerning the facility's failure (W 153) to "ensure an incident of peer to peer abuse was reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The incident involved to individuals “who had an altercation.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s 11/21/2015 General Events Report. The report revealed “there was an altercation between [two residents] at 6:45 PM who were “arguing when one resident pushed the other resident.” The investigator noted that “there is no evidence that this peer to peer aggression was reported to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).”
An interview was conducted in the late morning of 02/02/2016 with the facility Resident Services Director who was asked “if this incident of peer-to-peer aggression was reported to the IDPH. The Director stated “probably not, I didn’t see that they made contact with each other.” The state investigator noted that the actions of the staff failed to follow the facility’s 10/01/2015 revised policy title: Abuse and Neglect Program that reads in part:
“Physical Abuse includes, but is not limited to, hitting, pinching, slapping and kicking and controlling behavior through corporal punishment.”
“Peer to Peer Abuse: IDPH will be notified of any abuse.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Safe Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement written policies to prevent negligence involving an injury for [a resident] who sustained a head injury after an unwitnessed fall.” The state investigator noted the facility’s failure to:
- “Notify the Registered Nurse (RN) of an injury requiring emergency medical treatment
- Communicate with the outside Day Training regarding [the resident’s] increase seizure activity
- Determine a higher level of supervision to ensure [the resident’s] safety after she was unsupervised at her Day Training site for approximately 23-29 minutes the day prior”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 10/09/2014 Individual Service Plan/ISP the revealed the 47-year-old independently ambulatory female resident was diagnosed with Moderate Intellectual Disability, Seizure/Epilepsy, Depression, and Paranoia, who has a family member as a guardian.
Through an investigation, the department determined that the resident “left her work area and exited through the east door of the training center walking on the sidewalk the full length of the facility and crossed the parking lot to the west side of the building.” While the resident was unattended “she fell, and scraped her face on the sidewalk.” The report documented the resident obtained “a large hematoma on her forehead and abrasion … on her forehead [...and] and abrasion on her right knee.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the staff failed to follow the facility’s 04/10/2014 policy titled: Abuse and Neglect Program that reads in part:
“Failure to provide goods and/or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness.”
East Peoria Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was abused while a resident at Briarbrook Place, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our East Peoria nursing home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve neglect, and abuse. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receive sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
We urge you to contact our Tazewell County Abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for a complimentary, no-obligation initial case evaluation. There is no need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by winning your case at trial or negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.