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Two Illinois Women Charged with Nursing Home Abuse

March 14, 2013

Two women were arrested last week in Caseyville, Illinois after a devastating nursing home abuse incident in which the assailants reportedly beat up and battered an elderly victim.

According to police reports, Julia Tillis, 43, and Nina Dorsey, 46, both of St. Louis, were in the parking lot of the Caseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center off of West Lincoln on Friday evening, when officers reported to the area for a disturbance call. Allegedly, both Tillis and Dorsey physically removed and forced a 78-year-old elderly female resident out of the nursing home. Once they had the victim in the parking lot, they began to batter her. Per the State Attorney’s office, both assailants also dropped the victim onto a table.

Police arrested the suspects shortly after as they were getting into a vehicle located in the nursing home’s parking lot. Both Tilley and Dorsey have been charged with aggravated battery, a class 3 criminal felony in the state of Illinois. They both remain in the St. Clair County Jail on a $50,000 bond each.

The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital in the nearby city of Bellevue for treatment. So far, there has been no updates on her condition.

Police have still not made any statements as to why the assailants attacked a 78-year-old nursing home resident. However, along with criminal charges, the victim and/or the victim’s loved ones have the legal right in Illinois to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for civil damages.


State Finds Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

September 27th, 2010

The Illinois Department of Public Health cited three cases of irregularity against the La Salle County Nursing Home in September.

The first case involved the verbal nursing home abuse of a 100-year-old resident. Witnesses said an aide spoke roughly and loudly to the elderly resident, and at one point yelled at the resident, “Don’t you dare stand up.” A CNA who did not report the verbal abuse was suspended for three days.

In another case, a resident allergic to bananas was fed banana cake and had to be taken to a hospital emergency room. The staff member thought the cake was spice cake.

In the third case, a registered nurse failed to promptly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a resident, instead leaving to get help, resulting in the resident’s death. The nurse, who had been at the end of a 24 hour shift at the time of the incident, was subsequently fired.

The nursing home administrator at the time of these incidents resigned Aug. 13, after working only six months.


Several Violations Found in Illinois Nursing Home Facility

August 5, 2013

After several investigations at an Urbana, Illinois nursing home, inspectors uncovered several instances of nursing home abuse and neglect. The investigations were routine surveys performed by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Health. The details of the inspections were uncovered last month by a local newspaper, The News-Gazette.

According to reports, problems at the Champaign County Nursing Home stem back to last year, when in January of 2012, state inspectors noticed that one of the residents, who looked ill, had lost 10 pounds in just one month. After investigating, it was determined that the resident wasn’t given physician-ordered health shakes on a regular basis. In addition, the rest of the residents were only given half the portion of their dinners that they were supposed to get.

Later the same year in December, inspections revealed that the finger section of a rubber glove was found in a resident’s meal, and a piece of plastic was found in another resident’s mouth. The wife of on the residents reported the plastic being found and stated that it was not the first time something like this has happened. In addition, several infractions were found in the kitchen area. The blade of a can opener was found with built-up debris, the storage racks were dirty and rusted, and the oven racks were filthy.

In April 2013, inspectors returned to the nursing home to find several broken appliances. A cooler was labeled as condemned and unusable after inspectors noticed it was too warm to properly store food, and both a water heater and dishwasher were broken.

Remember, if your loved one has been victim to nursing home abuse and/or neglect, a leading nursing home abuse lawyer can help you. Nursing home abuse attorneys are happy to offer you assistance. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.



Lawsuit Filed for Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

December 10, 2012

A nursing home patient’s family has filed a lawsuit for nursing home abuse in Arlington Heights, Illinois after finding maggots growing in her ear.

According to reports, 90-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, Catherine Mccann, was taken to the hospital after a nurse at Lutheran Home found close to 57 maggots growing in her ear. Shortly after the hospital removed the larvae from the patient’s ear, the family filed a lawsuit at the Cook County Court for nursing home abuse and neglect.

This is the second time the family has filed a lawsuit for nursing home abuse and neglect. The first time, however, their suit was filed against the Department of Public Health, but according to spokesperson Melaney Arnold, no evidence was found. Yet, this time, the suit is against the nursing home itself, and the family is seeking $50,000 in damages.

According to the family’s nursing home abuse lawyer, the maggots remained in Mccann’s ear for at least three days before anyone took action. She’s been transferred to a different facility where is predicted to heal from the incident. However, the family is still upset over the nursing home abuse and neglect and claims that that staff at the nursing failed to provide the standard of care that they are legally mandated to maintain.


Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Nursing Home Abuse

October 15, 2011

A former worker at Woodstock nursing home in Illinois pleaded guilty to neglect of a care facility resident. The case involved the woman giving a patient an overdose of medicine which possibly led to the patient’s death.

The 60-year-old former nursing home worker originally faced more serious charges but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in exchange for the guilty plea.

The woman now faces up to 3 years in prison for her nursing home abuse.

The issue of over-medicating patients in nursing homes is a big problem and a very dangerous form of nursing home abuse. Over-medicating is sometimes a result of carelessness on the part of staff and can have very serious consequences. Over-medicating nursing home residents has also been used as a cruel form of chemical restraint.

If you or a family member has been a victim of any form of nursing home abuse or neglect we recommend you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away.


Illinois Woman Accused of Nursing Home Abuse Faces New Charges

June 25, 2013

A Joliet, Illinois woman who was previously charged with nursing home abuse has now been indicted on additional charges that cover other parts of the original indictment.

According to reports, 62-year-old Brenda L. Franklin is being charged with failing to seek medical help for a 75-year-old elderly female who fell into scalding hot water in 2010. Franklin, who was working for Trinity Services as a caregiver when the incident occurred, made no effort to try and get the victim immediate medical help, which resulted in her death shortly after.

In March 2011, Franklin was charged with one count of criminal neglect against the elderly. Last month, however, she received an additional four counts for the same crime, and is now due to face arraignment in July 2013.

Franklin was terminated from her position at Trinity Services shortly after the incident. Yet, according to Franklin, it was all an accident. She stated she was getting the victim ready for a bath when she left shortly to answer her phone. Franklin heard a scream, and when she came back to the bathroom, the elderly victim had fallen into a bathtub full of hot water. Franklin then stated that the victim seemed to be fine afterwards, so she helped get her into bed before leaving. When she came back three hours later, the victim’s feet were bleeding through her socks. Franklin then took her to the hospital.

If convicted, Franklin may face fines as well as prison time.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, you’ll need the legal services of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous victims get the justice they deserve. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.



Illinois Retirement Home Shut Down for Nursing Home Abuse

November 12th, 2010

An Illinois nursing home has been shut down after years of reports of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed an injunction order Wednesday against the owners of Bowes Retirement Center to stop it from operating as an unlicensed nursing home.

The retirement home advertised itself as housing for independent adults but the state’s suit said that during 2008 and 2009, residents there needed help bathing, eating, taking medications, and moving. These are services that can only be provided by a licensed nursing facility, but Bowes has no such license.

Spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, Maura Possley, said the injunction would be the last step in the state’s case against the owners of Bowes.

“We would only pursue further action if they open somewhere else without going through the necessary licensing process,” said Possley. Possley added that the attorney general’s office will monitor the owners of Bowes, identified as Angel & Bell Corp., to make sure they do not attempt to establish any more unlicensed nursing homes in Illinois.


Illinois Nursing Home Worker Given Raise Amid Nursing Home Abuse Troubles

December 8th, 2010

A high ranking employee at a La Salle, Illinois nursing home was given a $7000 raise amid instances of nursing home abuse being found in the home. La Salle County Board members still passed their budget including the raise but many are angry over the last-minute budget amendment that included the raise.

“When do we stop handing out $7,000-a-year pay increases when others don’t get anything?” said Randy Freeman (R-Lostant). “My feelings about the nursing home are we should get rid of it and I don’t understand why we never talk about it…but how can you tell people we don’t have money for raises and give one to that person who has culpability in what has been going on at the home?”

The nursing home resident population has been slowly declining recently after the Illinois Department of Public Health found several abuse violations.

If your loved one is in a nursing home and you suspect nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect we urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to get your loved one the help they need.


Illinois Nursing Home Worker Arrested During Nursing Home Abuse Prevention Operation

January 24, 2011

An operation aimed at preventing nursing home abuse in Illinois recently resulted in the arrest of one nursing home employee for an outstanding arrest warrant.

Operation Guardian aims to keep nursing home residents safe with surprise investigations. The program began in February 2010 and has so far resulted in 36 arrests.

The 18 year-old man arrested is an employee at East Moline Nursing and Rehab in East Moline, Illinois. His warrant was in relation to a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and there are no charges of nursing home abuse or neglect against the man.

Mark Howard, administrator at East Moline Nursing and Rehab, said he appreciates Operation Guardian for its ability to perform continual background checks on nursing home employees; checks that the nursing home can only perform when someone is first hired.

Surprise investigations at nursing homes are one useful tool in the fight against nursing home abuse and neglect. But perhaps the best measure one can take to prevent abuse is to be personally vigilant and frequently check on your loved ones in nursing homes. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the authorities and a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss what legal options you can take.


Illinois Nursing Home Shut Down After Repeated Nursing Home Abuse

October 27th, 2010

The Orchard Court Nursing Home in southern Illinois has had its license revoked and must close within 90 days. The state says the nursing home failed to comply with safety regulations, citing incidents of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. The nursing home must also pay a $12,000 fine.

“When you see a pattern of behavior, when you see these continued abuse or neglect type situations we look at that pattern and if we find they are not able to comply with the statute we then move towards license revocation,” said Melaney Arnold with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Most of the incidents of abuse outlined in a more than 50 page document by the Department of Public Health involve an 18 year old resident with severe mental retardation. On many occasions he has injured and even hospitalized residents of the nursing home.

Officials say Orchard Court failed to develop an appropriate care plan for each resident.

“Whether that means they need to be in a single room, whether that means they need one-on-one supervision,” said Arnold.

The current residents will soon be moved to other facilities.

Orchard Court is run by a small not for profit company and says a lack of adequate funding was an issue. They say the state still owes them 6 months worth of pay. They admit to no wrongdoing and disagree with the state’s actions.


Illinois Nursing Home Negligent in Nursing Home Abuse Case

February 12, 2012

In the case of an elderly man with dementia who wandered away from his Illinois nursing home and was later found dead out in the cold by a creek, the Illinois Department of Health found that the man had wandered away from the nursing home several times before, yet the nursing home failed to equip the man with a patient monitoring system that would have prevented his death.

The elderly man had wandered away from his nursing home, Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care in Belleville, Illinois, two other times only weeks before he was found dead. Additionally, state inspectors found that the elderly man’s care plan did not address his wandering off and how to fix this problem.

A nursing home abuse lawyer for the family of the victim said the nursing home was clearly negligent in this case.

In total, eight nursing home abuse citations were issued against the nursing home after the state inspection with subsequent fines and possible sanctions against the nursing home expected.


Illinois Nursing Home Administrator Arrested for Theft; Nursing Home Abuse

June 28, 2013

A former nursing home administrator in Champaign, Illinois was arrested this week after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars from residents at a local nursing home. In Illinois, financial exploitation, including theft and robbery, is considered a form of nursing home abuse.

According to police reports, 55-year-old Pamela S. Britt, former administrator of the Heartland Health Care Center, has been charged with a total of 12 counts of financial exploitation against the elderly, theft, forgery, and theft by deception. Reportedly, between 2007 through 2011, Britt stole over $100,000 from several residents while still employed at the nursing home.

Although the details of exactly how Britt was caught has not been released, authorities conveyed that the money was discovered missing after an internal audit. The residents’ money is kept in a pool together, regardless of whether it comes from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. The residents have their own accounts, authorities went on to say, but those funds are then placed in a pool. Authorities did reveal, however, that Britt was reportedly writing personal checks to herself and then making fake entries into bookkeeping.

If convicted, Britt faces up to 15 years in prison.

If your loved one has been victim to any form of nursing home abuse, including financial exploitation, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can assist you. Nursing home abuse lawyers are happy to help you. Call today so you get the justice you’re entitled to.



Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Bill Passes House

May 31, 2011

An Illinois nursing home abuse bill that will allow for more serious penalties for abuse in nursing homes has passed the Illinois House. The bill, which specifically aims to thwart abuse in homes for developmentally disabled people, passed the House 69-45.

The bill also sets improved rules and guidelines for homes that care for developmentally disabled people and aims to prepare people with developmental challenges to leave nursing homes and live in the outside world.

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, who sponsored the bill, said “We’re going to start looking at teaching people how to cook, possibly some vocational stuff. We’re going to sit down and start working on that.”

The bill, which will now go to thee senate, was inspired by a Chicago Tribune series which uncovered abuse in nursing homes for people with developmental challenges.

It is not uncommon throughout our country for nursing homes, whether they be for our elders or any people who need extra help, to be guilty of abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home you should report the problem to authorities and contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you explore your legal options.


Illinois Nursing Assistant Accused of Sexual Nursing Home Abuse

October 26, 2011

A 22-year-old male certified nursing assistant is accused of sexually abusing a 93-year-old female resident at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. The man has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and faces a 6 to 30 year prison sentence.

The elderly resident said the man sexually abused her while he was working in the early morning hours of September 25. The man was arrested but has since been released on $40,000 bond.

Officials are cooperating with the sexual nursing home abuse investigation and the incident was reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Crystal Pines was cited this past August for failing to keep resident safe from abuse. In 2009 the nursing home was cited for failing to hire safe employees or report and investigate instances of abuse.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes is not uncommon. After the abuse has been reported we advise you to get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer to get justice for any negligence on the part of the nursing home.


Illinois Man Sentenced to Four and a Half Years After Being Found Guilty of Elder Neglect

August 6, 2014

A New Lenox, Illinois man has been sentenced to four and half years in prison after being found guilty of elder neglect against his own mother.

Mark Kuech pleaded guilty to abuse or neglect of an elderly person after paramedics first responded to a call to his home in April this year. They discovered his mother Margaret suffering from bedsores. She was disorientated and clearly malnourished weighing a frail 90 pounds.

The 51-year-old man was found guilty of leaving his 70-year-old mother unattended on several occasions from May to November 2012 in a basement bedroom. The woman also suffered from partial paralysis and dementia. She now needs constant care in a nursing home.

A judge decided that Kuech had failed to provide his mother with basic care and imprisoned him.

Brown, Christie & Green Law Firm have compiled information aimed at helping nursing home victims and their families through cases of abuse and neglect. Neglect or abuse of the elderly is a felony and as in the above story can result in a prison sentence. If you need advice and support or just information to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse then look through the nursing home abuse center site today.


Illinois Facility Loses License After Nursing Home Abuse

May 5, 2012

Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet, Illinois will be losing its license after several incidents of nursing home abuse including sexual and physical abuse.

The most notable of issues at Hillcrest was a resident at the nursing home abusing at least 23 other residents. The abuse included physical, mental, and sexual abuse.

The abuser also reportedly exposed himself and threatened residents that he would come after them with a gun if they told anyone about him.

Over the last 10 years the facility has been the subject of complaints and state inspections. The nursing home has been sued at least two times for neglect and abuse issues.

One of the most powerful ways of standing up again nursing home abuse is filing a lawsuit if you or a family member was abused in a nursing home. There are statute of limitations on such cases so you need to contact a nursing home abuse attorney right away if you even suspect abuse or neglect.


Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Report on Nursing Home Abuse Case

March 10, 2012

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released its report on the nursing home abuse and death of a resident who was attacked by another resident. The report found that both men had histories of violent outbursts but were left unsupervised.

The attacker is a 66-year-old man with a history of violence and a felony background. He allegedly attacked an 80-year-old dementia patient, which caused serious head trauma leading to the man’s death two days later.

The Illinois Department of Public Health report says that staff at the nursing home, Oak Park Healthcare Center, were unaware that the two men had potential for serious violent outbursts. Both men were noted as having previous outbursts, however an appropriate treatment plan was not put in place, leaving the men without appropriate supervision.

The family of the deceased man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home. A nursing home abuse lawyer for the family said the man’s death could have been prevented if both men were monitored by staff.


Illinois Caregiver Allegedly Guilty of Elder Abuse After Stage IV Bedsores Found on Elderly Man

May 21, 2014

A Cook County Illinois grand jury has indicted a 56-year-old man following the abuse of an elderly man.

Stephen J. Kowalsky was charged with one count of elder abuse against bed-ridden Parkinson’s sufferer 79-year-old Charles Matuska from North Riverside. The frail elderly man hired Kowalsky to live with him and care for him 24 hours a day. However, in a strange twist of events, Kowalsky himself needed specialized care after suffering in the aftermath of a stroke that left him hospitalized for three weeks.

Matuska, who also suffered from mentally crippling dementia, was covered in stage IV bedsores that police discovered after being informed by a social worker. Sadly, the bedsores had already extended into Matuska’s muscle and the fascia, tendon and joint capsule. The sores were diagnosed as a result of Kowalsky’s gross negligence.

A judge will now determine whether to charge Kowalsky with elder abuse or place him on probation since he has no previous record. Abuse by a caregiver is a Class 3 felony in Illinois and if found guilty could come with a two to five-year sentence for Kowalsky.

Bedsores typically occur as a result of neglect so when the signs are clear that a bedsore has developed then it is important to seek out the negligent individual who allowed them to develop. Aside from abuse and neglect in nursing homes, seniors can even be neglected in their own homes, as in the above story, by those who should be taking care of them. If you or someone you know has been in a similar situation and you don’t know where to turn for legal advice then look to a home abuse lawyer today.



Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Nursing Home Amid Claims of Sexual Abuse

June 6, 2014

The family of a man who was allegedly sexually abused while in a Chicago nursing home is seeking over $50,000 plus legal fees in damages.

Trixie Scott is filing the lawsuit in the Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of L.C. Scott who died in February 2013. Mr Scott was unable to feed himself and needed round the clock care. He was non-verbal meaning that his communication was limited and he was bedridden; completely at the mercy of nursing home staff at the Westchester Health And Rehabilitation Center where he was a patient.

In June 2012 Mr. Scott was taken to hospital suffering from what appeared to be internal bleeding in his intestine. They sent him for tests to determine what the exact problem was and began a thorough examination of his stomach. It was there at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital that doctors made an alarming discovery. A 6-inch condom filled with hard material was found wedged inside his stomach. This disturbing finding meant that Scott had more than likely been sexaully abused.

The lawsuit names the nursing home as defendant in the case, blaming them for failing to protect Scott from the risk of sexual abuse. The hospital has also been named in the suit as lawyers for the family claim that he could have been abused there too. Scott had visited the hospital for various health problems 14 times in a 30-month period. They are both cited as being negligent as it is claimed that they did not follow proper safety measures to protect Scott.

Sexual abuse against the elderly is one of the most heinous crimes that can emerge from nursing homes. Those who are most at risk are patients who cannot easily speak out against their attackers, such as those vulnerable patients who are unable to communicate or are bedridden. Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that their organizations keep all residents safe from harm by employing and training honest and reliable nursing home staff. Sadly this is not always the case.

Nursing Home Abuse Center offers guidance for victims and their families following a sexual abuse investigation. The site can also help people to spot the signs because in many cases victims are too embarrassed or distressed to reach out to people about what has happened.

McIver Brown are the leaders in nursing home medical malpractice They have dedicated their work to representing victims of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Professional and understanding, the team of highly qualified lawyers are able to help you. Contact the team if you would like to discuss a potential case.


Nursing Home Faces $28 Million Lawsuit for Nursing Home Abuse

February 14, 2013

This week, a jury found that an Illinois nursing home was guilty of nursing home abuse by providing substandard and extremely poor medical care to its residents. As a result, the former owner faces $28 million in damages.

According to reports, several residents of the Momence Meadows Nursing Home (MMNH) in Kankakee, Illinois were not being given adequate treatment, including lack of medication and extremely indigent care. Jurors also determined that false claims were filed to Medicaid and Medicare for the expenses of the patients.

The case stems back to 2004 when two nurses working at the nursing home filed a lawsuit, claiming inadequate care of its patients. They also claimed that the nursing home’s former owner, Jacob Graff, filed false claims to Medicaid and Medicare. Additionally, the nurses stated that they were unfairly terminated from employment after raising suspicions in 2003.

In 2006, MMNH changed ownership, and the new owners filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was denied the following year. This year, the trial started, and after nine months of deliberations, the jury found the nursing home guilty of over 1,7000 fraudulent claims. In addition, because of the poor services rendered to the patients, the fines resulted in $28 million. The two former nurses also received compensation.

Because of the poor care, many residents suffered needless nursing home abuse, consisting of **bed sores [link to bedsores page], **malnourishment [link to dehydration/malnutrition page], and more. There has been no indication if further lawsuits will take place should the patients themselves retain a nursing home abuse attorney.


Man Gets Prison for Nursing Home Abuse Involving Stealing Patient’s Drugs

September 6th, 2010

A Chicago nursing home worker was sentenced to two years in prison for nursing home abuse after he admitted to stealing a patient’s painkiller medication.

The 25-year-old former worker at Fair Oaks Health Care Center in Crystal Lake was caught on video surveillance poking holes in the patients Fentanyl patch and licking the contents off his fingers. He plead guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was court ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment while in prison.

The resident, 92-year-old Ruth Vermillion, has Alzheimer’s disease and relies on the painkiller patch to ease her pain throughout the day.

“The only quality of life she has is to be pain free, and he took that away from her,” said her son, James Vermillion. “I would like him to eventually become a productive member of society. I think we have to be held accountable for our actions, and am glad he’s getting some jail time, but I’m also glad to see he’s getting the help he needs.”

Assistant McHenry County State’s Attorney David Metnick said the man who stole Vermillion’s medication wrote in a statement to police that he has a drug problem and also suffers from depression and anxiety. Metnick said the man wrote that he needed help and didn’t mean to cause pain to Ruth and her family.


Chicago Nursing Home to Lose Medicaid After Repeated Nursing Home Abuse

March 18, 2011

The Wincrest Nursing Center in Chicago, Illinois is set to lose its Medicaid funding after repeated episodes of nursing home abuse involving fights between residents and drug abuse among residents.

Neighbors of the nursing home, which caters to adults with mental illness, have complained for years about Wincrest residents committing crimes in the neighborhood and using illegal drugs. Many of the residents have felony records.

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said staff at the nursing home were poorly trained, did not properly supervise residents, and did not provide proper psychiatric services. The report also said residents were often found under the influence of drugs or were intoxicated.

Nursing home abuse can occur at facilities with a history of neglect and abuse, but abuse can also occur at nursing homes without a troubled past. Family of nursing home residents should make frequent visits to their loved one’s nursing home and report any abuse or neglect to authorities. It is also advised that you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you know of or suspect abuse or neglect.