December 23, 2010

Lawsuits May Be Only Way To Hold Alden Village and Other Facilities Accountable

by Levin & Perconti

This blog has covered past accounts of negligent care in Alden Village nursing homes, with several victims' stories highlighted by the Chicago Tribune in the paper's investigative report, "Deadly Neglect." The report found over a dozen deaths in the last several years at Alden Village North, a nursing home in Chicago. In its latest coverage, the paper reveals that while most observers probably assume that the facility faced stiff penalties for its inadequate, deadly care. Unfortunately that is not the case.

The more recent Chicago Tribune story explains that many Illinois facilities cited for poor care have been able to avoid paying large fines for their conduct. For example, Alden Village North has not paid the full amount for even a single citation because of children deaths. In total it only paid around 21% of the total fine levied by the state. It seems that the owners have been able to use loopholes and deal-making to avoid paying the amount ordered for their deadly actions. The article also reports that Alden Village in Bloomingdale paid only $10,000 in the wrongful death of a twelve year old resident.

It should be no surprise that the owner of Alden Village North and the Alden Village Health Facility has contributed a staggering $900,000 to different political campaigns over the last several years, according to the Tribune. No doubt the administrator is interested in keeping a close eye on all possible legislation that would affect his ability to make a profit by running these nursing homes.

Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti believe that all negligent Illinois facilities should be held responsible for the consequences of their poor care. As it now stands, the operators of the Alden Village have been able to avoid the penalties earned through the state regulatory system. That makes it even more important for nursing home owners to be held responsible for their conduct by the private citizens whose loved ones have suffered. Friends and family members of victims always maintain the ability to step forward and seek redress for their losses through our court system. Therefore, if you or someone you know has ties to poor treatment in an Illinois facility, you can contact a nursing home attorney to learn more about the legal rights available.

See Our Related Blog Posts:

Questions Remain About Improvement At Alden Village North

New Federal Investigation Into Children Deaths At Alden Village North