Many residents in nursing facilities become the victims of physical abuse, often at the hands of caregivers they can often place immediate negative effects on their health and well-being. Many defects caused by the physical abuse are noticeable and include fractures, dislocations, lacerations, cuts, black eyes and bleeding. Often times, the victim is relocated to the hospital to be evaluated and treated only to be sent back to the nursing facility.
Our experienced nursing home abuse case attorneys recognize there are not always physical markers indicating abuse in a nursing facility. We provide protection against maltreatment, neglect and abuse of all residents in nursing facilities in Illinois. Our law firm publishes publicly available information about safety concerns, filed complaints of abuse and negligence in nursing homes statewide.
Columbus Park Nursing and Rehab Center
Columbus Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 216-certified Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing medical care to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
901 S. Austin
Chicago, IL 60644
The facility provides both long-term and short-term medical solutions that include skilled and intermediate nursing care, speech, occupational physical therapies, restorative care, IV therapy, oxygen, trach and respiratory care, hospice services and wound care.
Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Every year, the federal government updates its assessment on nursing facilities nationwide and publishes the information on its website www.Medicare.gov, using a five star rating system. Currently, Columbus Park Nursing and Rehab Center maintains an overall three out of five available stars as compared other facilities throughout the United States. This includes four out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing problems.
The nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations against Columbus Park nursing and rehab center. Some of these include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
- Failure to Provide the Residents an Environment Free of Physical Abuse:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/18/2014, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to provide appropriate supervision, failed to do a thorough investigation of falls, failed to implement interventions to prevent falls and failed to document the root cause of falls for [3 residents at the facility].” This is in response in part to a resident at the facility with an event history of 10 fall occurrences that happened between 8/5/13 and 2/4/14 where one event on 1/30/14 required five staples on the upper posterior area of the head after she was found “sitting on the floor in front of the washroom door and was noted to have a three centimeters laceration on the back of her head.” The resident was transferred to the hospital for treatment.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/07/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to prevent staff from physically abusing [a resident of the facility.” This is in response to a director of nursing report on 6/24/11 with information provided by a resident who said “about a month ago she was told by [a nurse] to leave the dining room and that when she was getting up to leave [the nurse] grabbed her left arm and bent it back.” The resident indicated “it really hurt when [the nurse] pulled my arm back”. The resident “was transferred to the hospital for an evaluation after the incident occurred.”
A 5/17/11 examination of the forearm and elbow in a radiology report to notes “mild soft tissue swelling with limitation of flexing on what appears to be a fracture of the medial epicondyle of the distal humerus with no significant displacement.” The employee report of the staff member in charge “indicates after a thorough investigation of the incident it was decided to terminate [employment of the employee involved in the incident].”
Chicago, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or a loved one, have suffered mistreatment, negligence or any type of abuse while residing at Columbus Park Nursing, or any other facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of dedicated Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can review your case for compensation and provide numerous legal options to proceed. Contact us today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation by calling (888) 424-5757.