According to a report in the Courier News , a South Elgin nursing home has been served with a nursing home neglect and abuse case on behalf of the family of a 54-year-old man diagnosed with spina bifida. The man required constant care and was assured by Tower Hill Healthcare Center that they “would provide a safe and comfortable house for him.” In July of 2005, the man was taken to the hospital with a high temperature. Upon arrival the hospital staff filed a report citing suspected abuse and neglect with the Illinois Department of Human Services. The report stated that the victim came to the emergency room with poor oral hygiene and poor skin care. He had a large amount of stool around him with a colostomy bag that had exploded. He also had several pressure ulcers that had been covered with a stool stained dressing. The nursing home had not even given him medication to combat his 107 degree temperature.
The nursing home lawsuit seeks $50,000 plus attorney fees and believes that the neglect was a cause of the victim’s eventual death. The nursing home has also violated the Nursing Home Care Act. Under the Act, the nursing home has a “statutory obligation not to violate the rights of any resident, including the obligation not to abuse or neglect any resident.” The lawsuit focuses on the bedsores and failure to asses the man’s medical history. If you believe that a nursing home is violating the Nursing Home Care Act, please contact a Chicago nursing home lawyer. To read more about this Illinois nursing home lawsuit, please click the link.