Cicero Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Cicero Elder Neglect Lawyer

There are numerous factors as to why there are so many incidences of neglect and abuse occurring at nursing facilities throughout Illinois. Some of these include unqualified staff of nurses and nurses’ aides who are poorly trained in their positions. In many situations, the nursing facility puts profits ahead of the comfort, care and safety of their residents. Unfortunately, The Cicero nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have witnessed an increase in the number of civil cases involving abuse throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Nearly 85,000 individuals reside in the town of Cicero, just west of Chicago. Out of that number, about 5000 or almost 6 percent are senior citizens are 65 years and older. This number has risen dramatically in the small community in recent years due to an increase in the aging population as many more individuals reach their retirement years. However, this is placed a weighty burden on nursing homes throughout the community that are often understaffed and overcrowded.

Cicero Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

Abuse and mistreatment occur in nursing facilities when friends, visitors, other residents, doctors, nurses, aides, and staff members cause serious risk or harm to the resident. In many incidences, residents who are elderly or disabled are frequently more vulnerable than other residents due to their mental or physical impairment. Often times, abusive behavior by others is an intentional act. However, the unacceptable behavior might be the result of negligence by providing the resident a serious lapse in medical care or failure to provide much-needed assistance with daily activities like bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, walking and eating.

So if the action of neglect, abuse or mistreatment is perpetuated by one or more individuals at the facility, who exactly is at fault? In every incident, the nursing home has at least partial fault for hiring the individual, allowing the individual entrance into the facility and not protecting the resident from harm. Generally, the employer has a legal obligation to create a safe environment, watch over employees and develop policies and procedures to minimize the potential of injury, harm, death or damage to the resident.

Comparing Cicero Area Nursing Facilities

Our Cicero elder abuse attorneys recognize that many signs of neglect and abuse go unnoticed, leaving unnoticeable but very painful scars. In an effort to help, our team of reputable lawyers continuously review publicly available information concerning nursing homes involved with hazardous conditions, opened investigations, filed complaints and other dangerous problems that injure, harm or kill residents. Many families utilize this information before deciding where to place a loved one in the hands of professional caregivers.

The detailed list below outlines the facilities throughout the Cicero area that currently maintain a well below average rating (one star out of five potential stars) according to Medicare.gov. In addition, our Cook County nursing home abuse lawyers have listed their primary concerns involving substandard levels of medical care, a lack of proper assistance for residents who require help with their ADLs (activities of daily living), hazardous conditions and other factors that could potentially cause injury or death.

Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Information

Our 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 settlements below:

ALDEN TOWN MANOR REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTER
6120 West Ogden
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 863-0500
A “For-Profit” 237-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols and Providing Proper Treatment to Treat an Existing Bedsore

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/12/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “implement interventions to prevent a pressure sore from developing.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility “review for pressure sores.” As a result of the deficient practice, the resident was “admitted to the hospital and being assessed and treated.”

The complaint investigation was initiated after a review of 04/26/2015 1:52 PM hospital records indicating an Alden Town Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center resident was admitted to the hospital where “a right lateral malleolar decubitus ulcer which was foul-smelling with mild purulent drainage, which was subsequently diagnosed as a wound infection [MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)].

Nine days earlier the resident had undergone a nursing monthly summary on 04/17/2015 indicating “she did not have any wounds or skin conditions.” The resident’s care plan contained the “focus actual impaired skin integrity related to MASD but made no mention of the right malleolar ulcer.” However, the care plan included “intervention inspect skin with care daily.”

The state inspector reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) from the previous month dated 03/19/2015 that indicated that the resident “was always incontinent of bowel and bladder […and] fully dependent on two staff members for transfer […and] used a wheelchair for mobility and a full body lift to transfer.”

The state inspector reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) from the previous month dated 03/19/2015 that indicated that the resident “was always incontinent of bowel and bladder […and] fully dependent on two staff members for transfer […and] used a wheelchair for mobility and a full body lift to transfer.”

The state surveyor conducted in 08/06/2015 10:30 AM interview with the Director of Nursing (DON) who stated “she was not the DON at the time of the [the resident’s] admission to the hospital [on] 04/26/2015 [but] was the facility’s Restorative Nurse at that time.” The Director of Nursing stated that the Certified Nursing Assistants “should be checking the condition of the resident’s skin daily when they are dressing residents. Any new skin alterations should be reported to the nurse, will then call the Wound Nurse (if present in the facility) or the Physician/Nurse Practitioner for wound treatment orders.” Additionally, the Director of Nursing at the facility indicated that the Certified Nursing Assistants must “document any skin alterations twice weekly on the resident Shower Sheets and report any new findings to the nurse.

The state surveyor then conducted a full review of the resident’s Shower Sheets dated February through May 2015. However, there was no indication of “any skin alteration to the right malleolus area.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Nurse Consultant concerning the resident’s records where there is “no mention of the right malleolus ulcer” in the entire medical record.

Our Cicero nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow procedures and protocols to detect, identify and treat any developing pressure sores could cause harm to the resident’s health and well-being. The deficient practices of the nursing staff that require the resident to be transferred to the hospital for treatment of a serious pressure sore might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The facility fails to follow established protocols adopted by Alden Town Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

APERION CARE BURBANK
5701 West 79th Street
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 499-5400
A “For-Profit” 56-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Residents Remain Safe from Serious Drug Administering Errors

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “administer insulin medication as ordered.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility “observed during medication pass observation for insulin administration. This failure had the potential of placing [the resident] at risk for high blood sugar.”

The deficient practice was noted after 07/06/2015 4:10 PM observation of a registered nurse performing “blood glucose monitoring for a [resident receiving] three units of insulin subcutaneously as ordered per sliding-scale for blood sugar of 230 milligrams/per liter with a start date of 06/06/2015 at time 5:00 PM to times a day, scheduled for 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily.”

The Registered Nurse in providing care to the resident “search the medication card and also the medication room looking for [the resident’s medication but determined] it was unavailable.” At 5:00 PM, the Registered Nurse stated that the resident’s “insulin is still not available it must have finished and may need to be reordered.” Ten minutes later, the Director of Nurses stated in part that the resident “should have been receiving [a different insulin medication] because the order was changed on 06/07/2015.” However, the Director of Nurses “was unable to provide the order.”

A review of the resident’s June 2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) and MAR (Medication Assessment Record) “did not have any change in order for insulin interchange and the MAR showed that [the resident] has been [receiving the initial insulin medication] for sliding-scale up till 07/06/2015 at 6:00 AM.”

When the Registered Nurse was asked by the Administrator to show the changed order, the RN “was unable to show [the resident’s] insulin order change […and] further stated in part that all [the registered nurse] had to do is note it in the Progress Note.”

The Director of Nursing presented the state surveyor a copy of the resident’s electronic MAR (Medication Assessment Record) on 07/06/2015 at 6:00 PM. The records noted “insulin was changed [on] 06/07/2015 and a transcribing error was made and [the Director of Nursing] has corrected the error.” The medication mistake caused the RN “to substitute medication and administer medication without proper physician order.”

Our Burbank nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure ensure that the resident receives the proper medication could cause significant harm or potentially lead to their death. The deficient practice went unnoticed for nearly one month where the failure by the nursing staff might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The failure to follow protocols violates numerous established policies adopted by Aperion Care Burbank including the facility’s 01/01/2015 Medication Administration Policy. Some of these policies read in part:

“Medications must be administered in accordance with the physician’s order.”
“Licensed nurses are responsible for verification of orders.”
“When a therapeutic interchange occurs, discontinue the original order on MAR and POS.”

BRENTWOOD SUB-ACUTE HEALTH CARE CENTER
5400 West 87th Street
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 423-1200
A “For-Profit” 163-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating
Primary Concerns –

Failure to Inform the Resident’s Family and Physician of a Change in Their Condition

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/31/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “notify resident’s family and physican of a new pressure ulcer and skin breakdown.” This is a practice affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”

The deficient practice was noted in part after a review of a resident’s records including progress notes indicating the resident had “developed a pressure ulcer to the right sacral area on 07/16/2015 […and] the Wound Care and Unit Manager [were] notified.” That same day, the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) show that the resident “needs extensive assistance with ADLs [Activities of Daily Living].”

Nearly 2 weeks later, on 07/29/2015, two visitors of the resident “both stated no one told them about [the resident’s] pressure sores [… and they] found out about the pressure sore when they visited on 07/21/2015.” The resident had “requested use a bedpan and both of them [the resident’s visitors] saw the Duoderm in [the resident’s] sacral area [… when they asked] the staff what happened they were informed that it was a pressure sore.”

In a separate incident, a review of a resident’s 07/09/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) indicates that the resident “needs extensive assistance with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).” On 07/20/2015 at 1:10 PM and observation was made of a Registered Nurse rendering “wound care to [the resident’s] left mid back. A Duoderm dressing was noted in [the resident] right mid back dated 07/27/2015.” The nurse stated “that wound dressing is being changed every two hours.” However, a review of the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) indicate “there was no wound/skin assessment nor physician’s orders. In addition, the resident’s 07/02/2015 to the present date Progress Notes indicate “no evidence of documentation addressing the wound on [the resident’s] mid back and no evidence of physician and family notification.”

The state surveyor conducted a 07/29/2015 interview with the facility’s Wound Care Nurse who stated “she is not aware of it [the wound] and it is not in the list for treatment.”

The state surveyor conducted a 07/30/2015 11:25 AM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated “staff must notify the physician and family for any change in the resident’s condition including skin breakdown.”

Our Burbank elder abuse attorneys recognize that the failures to notify the family and physician of the resident violate state and federal regulations. The deficient practice might be considered mistreatment or negligence because it does not follow the facility’s own policy titled: Policy and Procedure for Skin Management that reads in part:

“Practice Guidelines: Their family [must be] notified of presence of the skin impairment.”

BRIA OF PALOS HILLS
10426 South Roberts
Palos Hills, Il 60465
(708) 598-3460
A “For-Profit” 177-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating
Primary Concerns –

Failure to Safeguard Residents from Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “follow their abuse prevention protocol report an allegation of abuse.” This deficient practice likely affected one resident the facility “reviewed for abuse.”

The deficient practice was noted after an initial observation and a review of resident’s records at the facility. On 10/13/2015, 11:30 AM, a resident “was in the dining room for breakfast this past Sunday (10/11/2015). [The resident] stated “walked up to the food line and asked for some coffee […and] when he asked [a Certified Nurse Aide] for some coffee she yelled at him to go sit back down and wait.” The resident indicated “he felt bad and embarrassed after the incident and told [2 other nursing staff members] what happened [stating] he just stayed out of [the Certified Nurses Aide’s] way because he did not want her to yell at him again that day.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with another Certified Nurses’ Aide on 10/13/2015 at 1:20 PM who indicated “after breakfast on Sunday (10/11/2015] around 11:30 AM, [the resident] told her he asked [another CNA] for some extra food and [was] treated like a child and was rude.” The CNA indicated that the resident had already reported the incident to another staff member and that “she did not report the allegation to the Administrator or her manager.” However, the CNA then later indicated that “she knows the different types of abuse and should have reported the incident to the Administrator per the facility’s abuse policy.”

Later that evening, the resident told a Licensed Practical Nurse working the p.m. shift that “one of the CNAs after breakfast had treated him very rudely.” The LPN indicated that she would look into the incident however, “she did not report [the resident’s] complaint to any of the managers because she did not see the incident involving [the resident] and the [CNA] as abuse.”

The state surveyor conducted in 10/14/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who revealed “if a staff member is being rude or acting inappropriate toward any resident that behavior should be reported immediately to the Managers/Administrator [and that] staff member who ever it is sent home immediately until the abuse investigation is complete and that should have happened this past Sunday but did not.”

The state surveyor conducted 10/14/2015 interview with the facility’s Administrator who indicates that both of the CNAs who were told of the incident “should have reported to him/managers that [the resident] verbalize that a staff member had treated him inappropriately.”
Our Palos Hills nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to report an incident of abuse or mistreatment directly violates state and federal regulations and does not follow the established policies adopted by Bria of Palos Hills, especially the facility’s Abuse Prevention Program Policy that reads in part:

“Employees are required to report any incident, allegation or suspicion of potential abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property they observe, hear about, or suspect to the Administrator immediately. Upon learning of the report, the Administrator, or in the absence of the person in charge of the facility, shall initiate an incident investigation. Employees of this facility who have been accused of abuse, neglect or mistreatment will be removed from resident contact immediately until the results of the investigation have been reviewed by the Administrator. Employees accused of possible abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property shall not complete the shift as direct care provider to residents.”

The Warning Signs and Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect

Is your loved one residing in a Cicero area nursing facility, assisted living home or rehabilitation center? Thousands of individuals throughout Cook County and the Chicago metropolitan area who live in nursing facilities have no advocate to ensure their health and well-being are maintained. Even family members who routinely visit find it difficult to notice a sign or symptom of neglect or abuse. Often times these indicators can be incredibly challenging to identify, especially if the injury, harm or suffering is not readily apparent.

The obvious signs of physical abuse include broken bones, bruises, contusions, lacerations or scarring. Unexpected sexually transmitted diseases are also an obvious might be an indicator that your loved one is a victim of nonconsensual sexual activity. However, there are other signs of neglect including malnourishment/dehydration, soiled or missing clothing, facility-acquired bedsores and poor hygiene. Often times, the resident must survive in unsanitary living conditions or under unacceptable conditions including a lack of medical treatment or substandard treatment.

Emotional abuse is often the most challenging to detect. This is especially true for residents who suffer mental impairment. However, noticeable warning signs will include unexpected fearful behaviors, unexplained mood shifts or noticeable fear anytime a specific caregiver is around.

Steps to Take If You Suspect Neglect or Abuse at a Cicero Skilled Nursing Facility

At some point, every case of abuse and neglect must be reported to local law enforcement and can be done without assistance of a legal representative. However, proceeding in a civil case to hold those financially accountable usually requires the skills of a reputable lawyer who specializes in nursing home abuse cases. Filing a civil lawsuit or claim against those responsible for causing harm allow victims and their family members to seek monetary recompense for their damages, injuries or harm.

The Cicero nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal representation for many nursing home residents who have suffered injury, harm or death by the unacceptable behaviors of others. Our Illinois team of dedicated reputable attorneys have years of experience handling cases involving abuse, negligence and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area and Cook County.

We urge you to contact our Illinois elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers through a no obligation, free full case review. If we accept your case, we handle all of your legal representation through a contingency fee agreement. This means all of our legal fees are paid only at the conclusion of the successful jury trial or once we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement.

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