The Madison-St. Clair Record published a story this week on a retaliatory discharge lawsuit that has connections to Illinois nursing home neglect. According to the report, a former employee of Maryville Manor is claiming that she was unfairly discharged after raising awareness of patient mistreatment of the facility. The nursing home provides services for the mentally and physically handicapped residents.
According to the former employee’s legal complaint, she noticed disturbing signs of nursing home neglect while working at the facility. For example, she claims that she saw other nursing home staff member try to hide information about the escape of a patient who later died. In a difference instance, the plaintiff in this employment lawsuit claims that she saw co-workers failing to help a resident who was having breathing difficulties-the individual later died as a result of the failure to aid. On other occasions the plaintiff noticed additional routine failure on the part of care workers to provide safe assistance to those at the home.
The woman mentions in the complaint that she went to her supervisors after witnessing the problems. She did not want to remain silent about the mistreatment that she saw around her. However, shortly thereafter the woman was fired from her job at the home. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act has specific prohibitions against mistreatment in these facilities. The lawsuit states how state public policy considerations prohibit employers from discharging employments simply because of their reporting violations of this important state law. The lawsuit seeks damages for the lost wages and other injuries suffered as a result of the wrongful termination.
These are serious allegations, and a sad reminder of the challenges faced by those seeking to hold wrongdoers responsible for Illinois nursing home abuse. Our Chicago nursing home lawyers know that , unfortunately, misinformation is spread and evidence is covered up after residents are injured at many of these homes. Far too many nursing home owners and operators are willing to do everything in their power to cover up their misdeeds. In many cases the employees who may have been involved in possible mistreatment are willing to deceive in order to make themselves look better. When an employee comes forward with questions about systematic abuse, some operators seek to punish the honest employee instead of the negligent ones. It is easier for some operators to simply ignore problems and silence critics instead of dealing with the underlying issues of inadequate caregiving.
Many local families have dealt with the frustrating lack of information often provided by area nursing homes. When a loved one suffers injury while in the home, many families have suspicions of mistreatment. However, it is often difficult for the family to get more information about the specific actions which may have led to the problems. The stonewalling that often occurs in these situations is why it is vital for local families to receive professional help getting to the root of these problems. It usually takes unique investigation by experienced attorneys to collect information which honestly explains the treatment that victimized nursing home residents experienced.
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