Following established rules, protocols and procedures is a necessary duty of nursing home medical staff, administrators, and supervisors. This is because any mistreatment of the residents in a nursing home can be considered neglect. By law, the nursing facility is required to report all incidences of alleged abuse. They are also legally required to protect residents against any accident hazard that could cause them direct or indirect harm.
Our dedicated nursing home abuse case attorneys serve as legal advocates for all Illinois nursing home residents to ensure their rights and well-being are protected. We publish valuable publicly available information that outlines safety concerns and filed complaints against assisted-living homes, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities statewide.
Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit
Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit is a 36-certified bed Medicare-participating nursing facility providing medical services to residents of Oak Park and Cook County Illinois. The facility is located at:
520 S. Maple Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
The facility provides skilled nursing care to patients after a hospital stay who are unable to return home or be transferred to long-term care facilities.
Nursing Home Patient Safety Concerns
The federal government maintains their website portal www.Medicare.gov by updating comparison information on nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit maintains an overall five out of five available star rating when compared to other facilities across the United States. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and staffing and four out of five stars for quality measures.
Even though the facility maintains a high standard of quality care, the nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found filed complaints and opened investigations against Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. These include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
- Failure to Implement Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect at the Facility:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/02/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to have a nurse’s aide have hold of a resident’s contact guard assist device (gate belts) at all times while assisting a resident to transfer or ambulate, to prevent a resident from falling. This applies to one resident.” The complaint investigation is in response to an incident reported on 9/29/2015 where documentation shows a CNA “was assisting [a resident] in toileting.
[The resident] walked with a walker, wearing nonskid socks, gate belts intact, to the toilet. As [the resident] was maneuvering out of the restroom, her walker caught on the doorway causing her to lose balance and fall backward back into the restroom. [The CNA] who was in the doorway of the restroom, holding the gate belts, was not able to maneuver past the walker to ease the patient to the floor. [The resident landed on her left hip. The physician was made aware and x-ray done showed a new spiral of oblique fracture through the distal femoral meta-diaphysis distal to the femur stem on the left hip arthroplasty.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/20/2014, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for their failure “to report an allegation of abuse in a timely manner for [one resident] failed to obtain fingerprints for 3 out of 8 personnel files reviewed out of a total of 12 patient care technician (PCT) and failed to have detailed abuse policy which clearly documents who the abuse prohibition coordinator is and when to notify the state of alleged abuse. These failures have the potential to affect all 19 patients on the hospital-based extended care (skilled) unit.”
This is partly in response to an 11/30/13 incident of alleged abuse reported by a resident’s daughter. During a 2/20/14, the unit director indicated “she had no documentation to present that the State was notified immediately upon learning of the allegation.” This is in direct violation of policies, protocol, and procedures.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Rush Oak Park Hospital
$4,400,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Malpractice Claim
Here, a young and relatively healthy seeming man was admitted to the emergency room of Rush Oak Park Hospital. He had extraordinary pain in his abdomen. Staff took him in and conducted a routine examination. Then, they ordered him to undergo a CT-scan. Those results showed that his appendix was possibly enlarged beyond the usual size. They told him to see his primary care doctor. That doctor took a look at the CT results but did not tell him to see a surgeon. He went home and over the next year and a half he came back with similar complaints. Finally, doctors discovered that he had cancer in his appendix. Yet, it was too late. The cancer had already progressed to Stage IV and spread all around his body. He died of this disease at the young age of twenty-eight. His parents and sister survived him. They filed a lawsuit against the hospital. Their complaint alleged that the defendant’s failure to diagnose and treat the cancer was negligent and the cause of the boy’s death. They sought compensation for his injuries, early demise, and their pain and grief. The parties eventually got down to working out a settlement. After negotiations, both sides settled on $4.4 million as the appropriate sum.
$1,675,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
In this dispute, young man in his early thirties underwent spinal surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He needed a fusion at the L4-L5 location. Roughly three months later, his medical team decided that he need a Functional Capacity Evaluation. That is a two-day test. During that procedure, he injured himself. To fix the injuries that he incurred from that accident, doctors had to perform another fusion surgery. That cost him a lot in the form of medical bills and lost wages (he worked at the Sheriff’s office). He sued the hospital and medical center. His claim maintained that they negligently ordered the evaluation too soon and did not supervise it properly. He sought compensation for all of the harms that directly followed like expenses and pain. This case target the University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital. They each contributed to the settlement. The former gave $1,000,000 and the latter offered $675,000. The man accepted.
$465,000 Settlement; Illinois Prescription Malpractice Lawsuit
An elderly woman was rushed to the emergency room of Rush Oak Park Hospital after experiencing an apparent stroke. The stroke was ischemic, and she was seventy years old at the time of the incident. Staff took her in and performed various tests including a CT-scan. The CT results indicated that there was not any bleeding going on. Doctors ordered a tissue plasminogen activator. Yet, they gave her the wrong thrombolytic agent. The one they prescribed and injected into her was not FDA-approved. Also, it was not meant for cerebrovascular accidents. This led to a brain herniation and her subsequent death. She was survived by various relatives. They brought this action against the hospital. The claim offered that the defendant negligently prescribed and treated the woman and that these errors led to her death. The defendant expeditiously moved to settle this matter. The family obtained a $465,000 settlement compensation package.
Oak Park, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or a family member, have been mistreated while residing at Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our team of dedicated Oak Park, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can assist you in filing a claim or lawsuit for financial compensation. We encourage you to contact us today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no obligation case review.