Physical assault between caregivers and residents is a common occurrence in Illinois long-term care centers. Because of that, the state requires that the facility follows established procedures and protocols when investigating and reporting every incident of alleged abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, not all facility administrators and nursing staff take appropriate measures to remove the abusive caregiver/resident from the victim to eliminate the potential for additional harm. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered injury caused by abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at long-term care facilities like Brother James Court.
Brother James Court
This Nursing Home is a church-affiliated Long Term Care Center providing services to residents of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois. The 99-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
2508 St. James Road
Springfield, IL 62707
This residential intermediate care home provides cares and services to nearly 100 men who suffer from developmental disabilities. The facility also provides social, emotional, physical and spiritual welfare through an assortment of goal-oriented programs tailored to each resident’s potential and ability.
Springfield Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every LTC home provides, the state of Illinois routinely updates their nursing home database system. This information reflects a comprehensive and historical list of safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous websites including Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Sangamon County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Neglect and Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/08/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the LTC home’s failure to “have reproducible evidence that all allegations are thoroughly investigated, for possible allegations of abuse and or neglect [involving four residents] in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s 12/06/2015 Investigation Report that documented “an allegation of abuse was made against [a] Licensed Practical Nurse concerning physical abuse against [a resident].” The documentation reported that the male resident had “limited verbal skills who functions in the Profound range of Intellectual Disabilities.”
The investigation revealed that a Direct Support Person (DSP) “alleges that [the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] hit the resident after [the resident] hit the LPN.” The facility’s Administrator verified on 08/24/2016 that “she was responsible for completing the investigation [...and that she] interviewed all of the staff that worked on the unit on [that date and verify] she did not interview any of the individuals on the unit.”
An additional review was made of the 12/09/2015 facility Investigation Report concerning Possible Verbal Abuse. This allegation indicates that [the Licensed Practical Nurse] used inappropriate language to [the resident] after [the resident] scratched [the LPN] while he was receiving his medication.” The investigator noted that “the investigation does not include possible witness by other staff or residents on the unit [...and] the facility failed to provide a conclusion to the investigation to determine whether the allegation was substantiated.
A subsequent investigation was documented in the 04/03/2016 Facility Investigation Report concerning an Allegation of Physical Abuse between the resident “who functions in the severe range of intellectual disabilities and [a different] Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).” This LPN “allegedly shoved [the resident] into the substation on the unit.” Once again the administrator was interviewed and confirmed that “she has no evidence that other staff or residents were interviewed concerning the allegations from 12/06/2015 and 12/09/2015.
The facility failed to provide reproducible evidence that the DSP who witnessed the event “completed any documentation regarding the allegation of verbal abuse toward [the resident] immediately after the event occurred.” A telephone interview was conducted on the afternoon of 09/09/2016 where the DSP was asked “if she completed any documentation regarding the incident of cursing toward [the resident] immediately after the occurrence.” The Direct Support Person responded, “No, I did not.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff an Administrator failed to follow the facility’s (reviewed) 01/29/2013 policy titled: Policy and Procedure Regarding Abuse and Neglect.
The investigator also noted that the facility “failed to remove and identify staff from direct care who were alleged to have abused [2 residents] until the investigation was completed.” As a part of the investigation, the facility was reminded that they “must prevent further potential abuse while the investigation is in process… and must have evidence that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.”
Springfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely while a resident at Brother James Court, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our skilled Springfield attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
We encourage you to contact our Sangamon County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a complimentary case review. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.