The Journal-Sentinel Online reported on a new nursing home lawsuit filed by the family of a former resident who died early last year following a sexual attack.
The 90-year old woman was assaulted by another resident who officials at the Franciscan Villa nursing home knew posed an immediate danger to all female residents in the facility. The attacker was first found attempting to attack a resident in the dining hall. Staff members stopped that attempt and brought the man down the hall while finding medication to subdue him.
However, the employees left the attacker alone before giving him the medication.
It was at that time that the aggressive male resident entered the 90-year old victim’s room. He began sexually assaulting the vulnerable resident. The attack continued until staff members heard the victim’s screams and rushed to the room. Following the assault the woman suffered a downward heath spiral. The shock of the attack caused her to stop eating. She ultimately died only two and half weeks after the incident.
The facility refused even to apologize for the attack. The aggressor was not reprimanded but instead moved to a different facility.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys believe that all nursing home residents deserve to live in an environment free of fear of attack. There is no excuse for nursing home employees failing to provide safety to their vulnerable residents. It is particularly egregious for a known risk to be allowed access to more residents, resulting in a vicious attack. Be sure to contact a local nursing home lawyer if you know of poor care at a facility near you.
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