Failing to take appropriate measures to ensure that every nursing home resident receives the highest level of care could place their health and well-being in jeopardy. Due to overcrowded conditions, lack of staff or improperly trained nurses, many residents develop facility-acquired pressure wounds (bedsores; pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers). Sadly, the Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many personal injury claims for compensation involving residents whose health was severely compromised due to a life-threatening facility-acquired preventable bedsore.
Warren Barr South Loop
Warren Barr South Loop is a 197-certified bed for profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1725 South Wabash
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Services provided by Warren Barr South Loop include:
- Occupational, physical and speech therapies
- Pulmonary care
- Wound care
- Cardiac care
- Orthopedic care
- Skilled nursing
- Post-surgical recovery
- Independent living options
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families have all information they need to place a loved one in a nursing facility, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems. The information includes a history of opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns with results posted on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Warren Barr South Loop maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary comparative tool analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Needed Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Facility-Acquired Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to turn or reposition [a resident] with six pressure ulcers who is dependent on staff for turning and repositioning.” The incident was first noted during an observation at 11:15 AM on 09/08/2015 when the resident “was lying on his back in bed. From 11:15 AM until 1:30 PM during intervals of 15 minutes, [the resident] was observed to be lying in the same position. The surveyor was sitting in the unit’s dayroom, with a direct view of [the resident’s] room. No one entered the room of [the resident] to turn and reposition him from 11:15 AM until 1:30 PM.”
The surveyor interviewed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) assigned to the resident at 1:30 PM that day who stated that the resident “is so heavy. The last time I turned [the resident] was at 10:00 AM. I’m not going to sit up and lie. I didn’t have a chance to turn [the resident because the resident] is too heavy. At 1:35 PM, another member of the nursing staff stated “that residents are to be turned every two hours, two hours should be the maximum amount of time between turns, and that there was a turning schedule. We usually keep up and monitor that.” However, that staff member “was not able to state the last time [the resident] was turned and repositioned, and stated she would have to ask [the CNA].”
The investigator noted that throughout the day on 09/08/2015 “no turning schedule was observed to be above the bed of [the resident].” The following day at 2:05 PM on 09/09/2015, “wound care treatments were observed for [the resident who had] six pressure wounds, four of which are stage IV wounds on the left hip, left lateral ankle, left sacrum, and the back of the head on the left side [...and] had two unstageable wounds, one on his left heel, and one on the left lateral hip.”
The wound care treatment provided to the resident’s “head, sacrum and hips were observed. Each of [the resident’s] wounds that were observed was foul-smelling with dark green drainage present. Each wound appeared deep, with tunneling present.” The resident’s “sacral wound had yellowish bloodied drainage present, with the area outside of the wound appearing to be boggy.”
During an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 1:55 PM on 09/10/2015 it was revealed that the resident “should be turned every two hours [...and the Director] stated that the Care Plan should be amended right-of-way to include an intervention for turning and repositioning.” The Director “also stated that it is a serious issue that [the resident] was not turned every two hours [...and] she would assess the issue right away.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury or an early death caused by a preventable bedsore while residing at Warren Barr South Loop or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take steps to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys have access to every necessary resource to hold those responsible for causing your loved one’s harm legally and financially accountable.
We accept all personal injury claims for compensation on contingency. This means you receive immediate legal services that are only paid for after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial. To speak with one of our attorneys to discuss the merits of your case through a free consultation, we encourage you to contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today.