In order to offer adults with developmental disabilities the personalized care and attention that they need and deserve, they may be placed into a Community Integrated Living Arrangement. It is the mission of the Chicago CILA attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to improve the quality of the services offered to these individuals by aggressively pursuing justice on behalf of those who are mistreated or neglected by those who are supposed to tend to their needs. If your loved one suffered an injury or was abused while a part of one of these arrangements, you may have the right to file a lawsuit.
What is a Community Integrated Living Arrangement?
A CILA is a unique living arrangement between a group of no more than eight adults who suffer from developmental disabilities where the residents live in an apartment, group home or family home under the supervision of care staff that provide personal support services and individualized treatment for their conditions. In order for a home to become a provider, it must receive a license from the state after being able to provide documentation proving that its staff has the qualifications and training needed to work with these types of individuals. What our Illinois Community Integrated Living Arrangement lawyers have noticed, however, is that many of the caregivers offering these services lack the training or resources to do so in a manner that best represents the interests of residents.
Causes of CILA Injuries
When residents are not supervised properly, it can result in accidents that cause severe bodily harm. In other instances, the caregivers themselves may subject the residents to verbal or emotional abuse. It is important for adults with developmental disabilities to live in a positive and encouraging environment and it is simply unacceptable for residents to be neglected or abused by the people who are supposed to be offering them the support and specialized habilitation that they require to live productive lives. Some of the causes of injury include the following.
- Trips, slips and falls. Adults with developmental disabilities may have difficulty getting around, which is why they require special supervision and assistance. It is often when they attempt to walk on their own and without supervision that these injuries may occur.
- Medication errors. Providing the wrong medications or administering the wrong dosages can result in serious side effects and overdose symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
- Verbal or emotional abuse. Residents with developmental disorders may be subjected to ridicule or taken advantage of, and this is even more unacceptable when the abuse comes from the people who have promised to provide their care.
- Inadequately trained staff. When staff members are not trained properly to deal with patients with these types of disabilities, it can result in diminished care and an increased risk of an accident.
CILA Claims and Awards
$1,500,000 Settlement; CILA Choking Accident; Chicago, Illinois
Here, a man in his early sixties had a hard time eating his lunch and the difficulty had deadly consequences. He lived in a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA). He needed to live there because he suffered from mental handicaps including retardation and schizoaffective disorder. These conditions required him to eat only soft foods. Also, CILA staff were required to watch him during all meals so that he did not choke on his food. His community home went out on an outing one day to get hamburgers. While they were coming in back in the van, the man sat in the back. He got into his food and starting eating. No staff or other people noticed that he was eating his hamburger. Unfortunately, he started choking on his food and nobody heard or saw this until they were all the way back home. By then, he was not breathing and was unresponsive to staff efforts to revive him. They brought him to the hospital at once, but it was futile. He died that day. His sister was the only one to survive him. She brought a claim on his behalf for negligence and wrongful death. The Chicagoland CILA home gave the plaintiff $1.5 million to settle. She accepted.
$275,000 Settlement; CILA Choking Accident; Will County, Illinois
In this controversy, a man in his late thirties choked on a treat and suffered severe side effects. He was thirty-eight. He was mentally disabled. He had a hard time eating and swallowing so CILA staff put him on a liquid diet and enforced monitoring during all meals. However, at some point, he found a donut in a trash can and began eating it. Right after that, he started to choke and lose oxygen. He sustained a hypoxic brain injury as a result as well as encephalopathy. His brain functionality was critically reduced too. Lawyers for the man brought a case on his behalf. They argued that the CILA staff should not have left him unattended and that he suffered these injuries as a result. They sought compensation for his injuries, new handicaps, and long-term harms and costs. The insurance company for the CILA facility paid the man a $275,000 settlement.
$350,000 Settlement; CILA Sexual Abuse Case; Chicago, Illinois
The victim in this abuse incident was just twenty years old. He was mentally disabled. Also, he suffered from Prader-Willi syndrome. He lived in a CILA facility with just one other resident. The defendant group was supposed to supervise them. Unfortunately, on one occasion, they did not do that. He was left alone in a bedroom with the other resident. The door was closed shut. The other resident assaulted him and sexually abused him. This case was brought on the victim's behalf to recover compensation for the trauma, pain, and toll it took on his life. The defendant company said that no abuse was ever reported prior to the case filing. However, that could not dismiss the seriousness of the allegations or the validity of the evidence proffered. Faced with this reality, the defendant sought to settle. The plaintiff obtained a reported settlement of $350,000.
CASE FILED IN MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS AFTER MAN CHOKES AND DIES IN CILA FACILITY
This dispute kicked off after a 56-year-old man snuck into the kitchen of the CILA where he lived, stuffed himself on bread, choked, and died. Prior to this incident, he had been diagnosed with several mental and developmental disabilities. He was a high risk for choking because of his tendency to overfeed himself. Thus, staff put him on strict monitoring at all times especially when he ate. However, that system broke down and he evaded detection on this one tragic day. This lawsuit was filed in McHenry County, Illinois to make up for that unfortunate event. It seeks damages for his wrongful death and the CILA facility's negligence. This case remains unsettled.
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is an award-winning personal injury law firm that has successfully represented thousands of individuals across Illinois whose injuries were the result of other peoples’ negligent actions. If you suspect that your loved one is being treated poorly, our Community Integrated Living Arrangement attorneys have specialized training and experience working with these types of cases and are more than qualified to conduct an investigation in order to uncover evidence of abuse or neglect. If we discover sufficient proof of misconduct, we may be able to file a lawsuit against the caregivers and facility responsible.
Contact us today to arrange a free case review with one of our Chicago CILA attorneys today so that we can answer any questions you have about your legal options and collect the information we need to get to work on your behalf. Should we be unable to assist you in recovering compensation, you are assured that our time and services will be completely free of charge.