Every case involving abuse, neglect or an injury of unknown origin must be thoroughly investigated by the facility’s Administrator or Director of Adult Programs in accordance with state and federal laws. The investigation is designed to gather evidence to determine exactly what happened that caused the resident’s harm, injury or premature death. Unfortunately, not every Illinois long-term care center follows policies procedures and protocols, which has the potential of causing serious harm to the victim after the first injury. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of neglect, mistreatment or abuse who reside in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like El Valor Residence.
El Valor Residence
This LTC Center is a ‘for profit’ 12-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
1931 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to review a complete list of all filed complaints, health violations, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and dangerous hazards. The routinely updated data is often used to make a well-informed decision to determine the LTC facilities in the community that provide the highest level of care.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed serious safety concerns, deficiencies, and violations at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accidents, Abuse or Mistreatment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/04/2016, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “ensure a thorough investigation was conducted for [one incident] in the month of March were an injury resulted in the laceration of the forehead with stitches involving [an individual at the facility].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s Residential Illness/Accident Report. The 03/03/2016 through 03/04/2016, 4:00 PM to 6:00 AM report revealed “a cut above the left eye and bruising on the left”… Date and time reported to the nurse: ‘Date: 03/04/2016, time reported – 6:30 AM'.” The state investigator noted that “the section to be completed by the nurse was blank [...and] the section for the Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) comments was blank.”
A review of a 03/04/2016 9:00 AM Direct Service Person (DSP) written Significant Incident Report revealed that the resident “was found sitting up on his bed getting dressed [...and] had a scratch on his forehead with an inch and a half long scratch above his left eye and also the left eye was swollen and starting to turn purple.” At that time, the resident “appeared sleepy and was unable to walk on his own… [and was] taken to the emergency room.”
The 03/05/2016 Hospital Discharge Reportrevealed “discharge diagnosis: acute head trauma, black eye, facial laceration… Wound/incision care: leave open to the air, other, please remove stitches from above eye laceration 7 to 10 days from 03/04/2016 when replaced) …."
The Director of Adult Programs investigated the incident with the Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) and documented in the 03/07/2016 Investigative Report. This report revealed that “on the morning of 03/04/2016, [the resident] was found with a cut above his left eye bruising on the left.” Nine members of the staff were interviewed at different times of the day."
A comprehensive review was made of the Investigative Report. During the review it was noted that numerous bits of information were missing including interviews “of other residents living in [the resident’s] home, statements of the tenth staff who were interviewed, statements of the resident that was interviewed and the name of the resident that was interviewed [...and] whether the environment was search for possible safety issues and whether blood was found in the room where [the resident] was sleeping.”
The results of the case were “found to be unsubstantiated involving the evidence collected during the investigation… The emergency room doctor stated that the size and shape of the cut were indicative that the individual fell and hit his head on something, most likely a piece of furniture." A nurse stated on the afternoon of 03/24/2016 that the resident “received four stitches for his injuries found on 03/04/2016. This information was not there in the Nurse’s Notes.”
The facility’s Director of Adult Programs stated that “he does not have documentation of the interviews he conducted with the staff [...and] confirmed that a thorough investigation was not conducted for [the resident] regarding his injury on 03/04/2016.” The facility was reminded that they “must have evidence that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated” in accordance with state and federal nursing home regulations, protocols and law.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have suspicions that your loved one was injured or harmed while residing at El Valor Residence, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our skilled Chicago attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
We urge you to contact our Cook County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.