Few stories of Illinois nursing home neglect are more tragic than those involving employees of these facilities who use their position to take advantage of residents. It is particular egregious when these employees use their influence to sexually assault those vulnerable seniors in their care. As we have frequently noted, proper nursing home care begins with the quality of the employees who provide that care.
Most nurses, doctors, assistants, and administrators at area nursing homes work hard each day to provide appropriate services for those in their charge. Unfortunately, there remain some long-term care facility workers who take advantage of those in their care. For example, earlier this week the Chicago Tribune reported on a newly reported case of Illinois nursing home abuse.
A 56-year old certified nursing assistant was arrested and charged with inappropriate contact with a 93-year old dementia patient. The victim was a resident of Lexington Heath Care-a nursing home in suburban Orland Park. Details are still coming out, but police indicate that they were called to the facility in the middle of the night this week. Another employee apparently caught the aggressor engaging in the criminal conduct and immediately called authorities.
Following the man’s arrest, various witnesses were interviewed and a sexual assault examination was conducted on the victim at a nearby hospital. The man will likely be charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. In Illinois, the crime is known as a Class X felony. It carries a sentence of six to thirty years upon conviction.
It is important for all dangerous criminals to face the necessary punishment following brutal attacks like the one described here. In addition, the nursing homes that allow such conduct to occur must be held responsible for its role in the attack. Victims of nursing home abuse and their families should understand that there are two types of legal actions that arise following these incidents. The first is the criminal proceeding initiated by state officials to determine fines, jail time, and other punishments. In addition, civil actions are also filed which begins with the victim and their family contacting a lawyer and seeking to hold the attacker-as well as their employer-liable for the harm caused because of the conduct.
For decades our Illinois nursing home lawyers have worked with families to pursue civil lawsuits against facilities where this type of conduct has occurred. The civil justice system exists so that those harmed by the intentional, reckless, and negligent conduct of others can be compensated for their losses. In addition, they system acts as a device used to incentivize improvements in safety standards and basic care. Nursing home administrators, executives, and employees are much more likely to act in a reasonable manner and prevent attacks when they know money is on the line.
If you or someone you know may have been hurt because of Illinois nursing home abuse, please contact our office. Your initial consultation is free. By sharing your story you can at least have the peace of mind of knowing whether or not the legal system provides redress for the losses suffered.
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