Resident to resident assault is a serious problem occurring in Illinois long-term care centers, especially in facilities that lack appropriate supervision, training and monitoring of patients. Many cases go unreported due to a failure of the staff to investigate and notify guardians of residents who have suffered mental, emotional harm, and peer-to-peer abuse. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to residents who were mistreated, neglected or abused at Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Eagle Court.
This Nursing Facility provides services to residents of Kankakee and Kankakee County, Illinois. The six certified-bed LTC Center is located at:
1890 E. Eagle St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards. This information can be found on numerous sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Kankakee County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers reviewed serious deficiencies, violations, hazards, and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Resident to Resident Assault and Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/04/2014, an Illinois state investigator noted during an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “notify the Guardian of significant events relating to incidents involving resident’s rights for [two individuals] who were involved in resident-to-resident altercations.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing an incident occurring at 10:50 AM on 07/02/2014 “at the day training site.” A resident “was involved in a resident to resident altercation [when one resident] hit another consumer on the upper right arm and back [while] cursing at the staff saying ‘I’m going to kill you… I’m going to cut you'.”
A review of the facility’s 07/02/2014 Action Correction “had no indication the Guardian was notified of the resident to resident altercation. In response, the Facility Representative was interviewed on the morning of 09/03/2014 “and was any of it to present any documentation that the Guardian was notified of the resident to resident altercation.
The previous day at 1:30 PM on 07/01/2014 “at the day training site" the same victim was involved “in a resident to resident altercation" where the assaulting resident “hit another consumer in their arm.” In that incident, there was “no documentation that the Guardian was notified of the resident to resident altercation.”
The investigator interviewed the Facility Representative who “was unable to present any documentation that the Guardian was notified of the resident to resident altercation.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report Incidences Involving Resident to Resident Assault
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/04/2014, a notation was made by the state surveyor while performing an annual licensure and certification survey of the nursing home's failure to “notify the Illinois Department of Public Health of events, which has the potential to result in resident to resident abuse/mistreatment.”
The facility representative confirmed on the morning of 09/03/2014 that the incident noted above was not reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health of the altercation involving a resident to resident assault.
- In a separatestatement of deficiencies dated 09/04/2014, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure all resident to resident altercations, and injuries of unknown origin, are investigated for possible abuse, neglect or mistreatment.” The deficient practice affected two residents at the facility.
This incident was first documented in the Supervisors’ Incident Investigation Report (from the day training site). The documentation revealed that a resident “on 06/25/2014 at 1:50 PM was noted to have ‘swollen painful feet… Staff removed issues and when staff looked at his feet they notice they were swollen’.”
The resident’s records were reviewed and “it was not indicated that [the resident’s] swollen foot was investigated to determine how it happened.” The Facility Representative confirmed during an interview occurring on the morning of 09/03/2014 that they were “unable to present any documentation that investigation was completed to determine the cause of [the resident’s] swollen foot.” The staff, Administrator, and management were reminded that:
“The facility must have evidence that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated… and reported immediately to the Administrator or to other officials in accordance with State law through established procedures.”
Kankakee Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm while a resident at Eagle Court, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our team of skilled, reputable Illinois nursing home attorneys can assist your family and successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm including the nursing home, staff members, Administrator, visitors and other residents.
We encourage you to contact our Kankakee County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.