An Illinois nursing home is facing a new lawsuit this week as the former head of the La Salle County Nursing Home is challenged the events that led to her termination last year.
According to My Web Times, Adrienne Erickson was fired as administrator of the nursing home in September of 2009 after only three and a half months in the post. She claims that her termination was without merit-that she was actually given no reason for her firing. The LaSalle County Board which is in charge of operating the facility claims that Erickson was an “at will” employee, meaning that no reason was needed to terminate the employment.
While the termination letter sent to Erickson did not specifically mention a reason for the firing, a review of the events leading up to the termination point to a likely cause of the problem. Shortly before the firing, the La Salle County Nursing Home had received a significant amount of negative criticism following an Illinois Department of Public Health report that challenged safety protocols at the facility.
A female resident at the facility was repeated molested by a male resident and the Illinois state agency claimed that hospital staff should have done more to monitor and prevent the abuse.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have experienced the culture of negligence that can develop at these facilities when there is not competent oversight and leadership. The vulnerability of many residents at these nursing homes is extreme-meaning that even slight mistakes by staff members can have deadly consequences. The precarious situation is well-known to all those who are charged with ensuring that these facilities run smoothly. Therefore, there is no excuse for failing to ensure that the nursing home is free of preventable mistakes and abuse. If you or someone you know may have suffered because of mismanagement at one of these Illinois facilities, please contact a nursing home lawyer today.