Champaign, IL Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
Nursing homes and other residential facilities serving the aged have a legal obligation to provide residents with continuous, professional levels of care. Failure to maintain legally mandated standards of care can result in serious injury, harm, or even death to elderly residents.
In recent years, our Champaign, Illinois, nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have seen a significant increase in the number of cases involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment in nursing homes in the Champaign area and throughout Illinois.
If your loved one was mistreated, injured, or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in a Champaign County nursing home, contact the Champaign, IL nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today to schedule a free case review to discuss what compensation you may be entitled to.More than Half of Champaign County Nursing Homes Provide Substandard Care
Champaign County, a community located in downstate Illinois, is probably best known as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures, the county has an estimated population of about 208,000 people, of whom more than 24,000 are senior citizens 65 years and older. The aging population has placed demands on facilities responsible for providing residential nursing care to the elderly in and around Champaign, Urbana, Colfax, Bement, Savoy, Danville, Sullivan, and Monticello.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regularly inspects and publishes data on every nursing facility in the U.S. certified by CMS, including 28 nursing homes within a 50-mile radius of Champaign. Based on its investigations, the agency rated 18 of those facilities “below average” or “much below average” in the overall quality of care provided to residents.Rating Champaign County Nursing Homes
State inspectors conduct annual inspections of CMS-certified nursing homes across the United States for compliance with federal regulations governing safety, health, nutrition, and patients’ rights. Facilities that are found deficient receive a citation and are required to correct the noncompliance. CMS publishes its findings on its Nursing Home Compare webpage.
Below we have broken down the rankings for all the facilities within the county, and highlighted the primary issues with some of the worst nursing homes.Overall ratings of 28 Champaign County nursing homes
- 5 stars out of 5 (Much above average): 1
- 4 stars out of 5 (Above average): 5
- 3 stars out of 5 (Average): 4
- 2 stars out of 5 (Below average): 9
- 1 star out of 5 (Much below average): 9
The nursing facilities described below, all in or around Champaign, Illinois, were ranked “much below average” by CMS in the standard of care they provide to residents. The deficiencies in care recorded by investigators reflect the same general issues currently affecting nursing homes nationwide and are usually tied to understaffing.
Champaign Living Center
309 East Springfield
Champaign, IL 61820
Legal business name: Heartland of Champaign
102-bed, for-profit, Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
CMS investigators found deficiencies in overall quality of care, staffing levels, and health care at this facility. Champaign Living Center received 27 health citations after its most recent inspections, which is more than twice the Illinois average and three times the national average. Over a three-year timespan, the facility had 18 complaints resulting in a citation.
Among other issues, the report noted the nursing home:
- Failed to report resident-on-resident violence to state authorities in a timely manner
- Failed to notify physicians about some residents’ medical issues
- Failed to administer oxygen to some residents who required it
- Overmedicated some patients
- Maintained unsafe and unsanitary food storage and preparation procedures
- Employed nurse’s aides who were not properly trained to safely transfer patients with limited mobility
Champaign County Nursing Home
500 South Art Bartell Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
243-bed, government-owned facility
Champaign County Nursing Home is owned and operated by the Champaign County government. It received a total of 38 health citations in the most recent three-year period, more than three times the state average and five times the national average.
CMS inspectors found the following health care deficiencies:
- A higher percentage of residents suffering from pressure sores than the state and national averages
- More residents who contracted urinary tract infections (indicating poor infection-prevention measures)
- Drastically higher percentages of residents whose ability to move independently and perform activities of daily living worsened after admittance
- Dramatically higher incidence of residents suffering from depression
Danville Care Center
1701 North Bowman
Danville, IL 61832
200-bed, for-profit Medicare/Medicaid participating facility
This private facility was rated “much below average” on just about every measure including health care, staffing, and overall quality of care. It has received 33 health citations over a three-year span. Further, Danville failed to submit accurate staffing data to CMS in order to properly assess its staffing levels.
Other findings by CMS:
- Dramatically higher percentages of patients receiving antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medications than the state and national averages
- Higher number of patients reporting moderate to severe pain
- 63.8 percent of residents exhibited symptoms of depression, drastically higher than the state and national averages
- Inadequate patient assessments and care plans
- Failed to provide proper pressure sore care and prevention
- Failed to ensure the facility is free of accident hazards
- Failure to ensure adequate supervision
- Failed to ensure patients are free from significant medication errors
- Deficiencies with dietary and nutrition services
Our Champaign County nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center fight for the rights of nursing home residents suffering injury or death through the negligent actions of staff and others. We have a comprehensive understanding of the state laws, procedures, and protocols that are supposed to protect elderly nursing home residents from harm. We have access to ample resources to ensure the injured party and their family can obtain justice and hold responsible parties financially accountable for their injuries.
Our Champaign, Illinois nursing home lawyers have handled many types of nursing home neglect cases that involve:
- Pressure sores
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Failing to provide basic standards of care
- Failing to monitor blood work
- Failing to provide a safe environment
- Failing to prevent fall accidents
- Failing to seek appropriate consultation with qualified medical staff
- Medication overdoses
- Drug errors
- Wandering and elopement
- Other serious issues resulting in harm and death
Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have compiled data from reported settlements and jury verdicts from across Illinois to give you an idea of what your case may be worth in a civil law context. We have broken down these cases according to case type and patient injury.
Learn more about these Illinois nursing home lawsuit awards below:
- Medical Error Settlements
- Inadequate Care Settlements
- Bed Sore Settlements
- Fall Settlements
- Nursing Home Abuse Settlements
Learning your loved one has been harmed, injured, or abused by the nursing home staff you trusted to care for them is shocking and devastating for families. When that happens, you want to seek justice and hold those responsible legally accountable. Our Champaign, Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have years of experience in successfully representing victims of nursing home negligence.
We encourage you to call our Illinois elder abuse attorneys at (800) 926-7565 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. All information you share remains confidential. We accept wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury claims, and nursing home abuse cases through contingency fee agreements. This means we provide all necessary legal representation without the need for you to pay any upfront fee.Resources
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey
For more information on any of the nursing homes listed on this page or other Champaign area nursing homes: Nursing Home Compare
To report suspected nursing home abuse: Illinois Department of Public Health
IDPH quarterly reports of Illinois nursing home violationsNursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources
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