In response to two recent Chicago Tribune articles regarding horrific abuse and neglect in an East Peoria, Illinois nursing home and the lawsuit brought against the home by Levin & Perconti for the serious neglect of one patient, Jason Held, Staff Director of the
Center for Justice & Democracy in Illinois raised an important, but overlooked point. He stated that the East Peoria abuse and neglect is just one example of a serious, statewide problem but that state agencies are unable to sufficiently deter carelessness, neglect and abuse or fairly compensate victims due to a lack of resources. Regardless of the state’s inability to punish nursing homes and compensate victims, operators of the facilities are allowed to operate without carrying liability insurance. Mr. Held recommends that we demand that the Illinois legislature require nursing home operators to carry liability insurance in order to deter wrongful action and hold the homes responsible for their actions, or lack thereof.
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