Each week, it’s expected that an increasingly high number of U.S. nursing homes will have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and subsequent outbreaks among residents and staff. In Joliet, Illinois, the view is also looking grim. On April 23, Steven Levin, a partner and attorney at Levin & Perconti, spoke with The Times Weekly about the alarming issues arising at Symphony of Joliet. The newspaper is reporting that the facility has more confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus than any other long-term care facility in Will County.
Levin & Perconti has a history of helping families file lawsuits against Symphony facilities for negligence. Unfortunately, those same failures are being highlighted and have become more noticeable due to the spread of COVID-19.
“We are currently representing several family members of residents at Symphony of Joliet nursing home,” Levin told The Times Weekly. “We’re receiving an increased number of calls directly from residents’ families.”
Before filing anything in court, several nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are working with Levin to review staffing logs, supply lists, and overall compliance with nursing home regulations, including those related to infection control procedures.
“There are many homes, and we believe Joliet may be one of them, that habitually operate poorly staffed, undersupplied, and without solid infection-controlled procedures. So, if you take a facility that is already stressed giving normal everyday care that doesn’t have rigorous infection control policies, and then you add to that a tragedy like coronavirus, you have a double, maybe even triple tragedy in the making.”
Illinois Health Department officials say Symphony of Joliet has had more than 80 cases and 23 deaths, which includes two employees. The home is located at 306 N. Larkin Ave. in Joliet.
Symphony Executives Say They Need Supplies
The Symphony Care Network has created a COVID-19 Task Force. The group’s Co-chair, Dr. Alexander Stemer, responded to the coronavirus care complaints, “It is not the lack of good caregivers that is costing lives in our nursing facilities, it’s the lack of supplies.”
But even before the coronavirus outbreak, several Symphony facilities were caught up in similar legal battles over alleged negligent care that led to the death of residents, including an older woman who suffered a stroke, which was not promptly diagnosed or treated and died several days later. Another resident suffered from blindness and required assistance with eating but choked when nursing home staff failed to supervise her properly. This woman also later died from the incident.
About Levin & Perconti Law Firm
Through our work, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the burden related to the care of nursing home residents to ensure they are treated with respect and dignity, especially during a challenging time such as this.
If you suspect elder abuse of any kind, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys. Together we will help determine if you have a case, notify the proper authorities if necessary, and vigorously pursue justice for you and your loved one. There is a statute of limitations for filing elder abuse cases, so please contact us now for a free nursing home negligence consultation at 312-332-2872.