With more than 800 nursing homes in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Health is responsible for both the licensure of each facility and investigating claims related to complaint’s made to the state’s nursing home complaint hot-line. As a way providing a sense of organization to the nursing homes within the state that fail to provide sufficient patient care, a quarterly list of violations is released to the public on a regular basis.
For many of the violations, the agency provides links to the survey report which list the date the survey inspection was completed and the specific violations involved. While surely not the most creatively written documents (not that they are intended to be), a closer review of the survey reports provides details into conditions surveyors discovered at the involved facility.
If you wish to delve further into a facilities background, older surveys may be accessed via the Illinois Department of Health’s website by using the drop-box and locating the specific facility.
As nursing home lawyers, who frequently represent some of the individuals who have been harmed in incidents described within the survey reports, we may request a copy of the state’s investigative file to provide additional information both about a specific incident as well as the medical records viewed or witnesses interviewed by nursing home surveyors in rendering their decision.
In the case of a nursing home neglect lawsuit, the information both in the survey report and in the investigative file can be quite useful much of the informaiton was collected shortly after an incident– when the information is fresh. Additionally, from a legal perspective, getting information about the names of employees who have knowledge of an incident can prove to be incredibly important in a litigation context when many employees are no longer working at the facility.
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