“We’ve seen almost every kind of abuse and neglect that can go on in a nursing home. This kind of raises the bar.” -Levin & Perconti Attorney Margaret Battersby Black
Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of a 76-year-old man who was humiliated in a video that was live-streamed on Facebook. The video shows 6 employees of Holland Home, the South Holland, IL nursing home in which victim Reggie “Doe” had been a resident for 8 months. Four of the employees shown in the video were named in the lawsuit and are identified as nurse aides at the facility.
The video itself shows one woman holding her phone and videoing Mr. Doe holding his adult diaper while someone taunts “Reggie, take off your pants, Reggie.” His image has been covered in the video to protect his privacy. The video was posted to Facebook via its Facebook Live platform on July 15th of this year. Facebook Live allows a user to share a video and have friends comment publicly and in real time. The video is also saved to the user’s Facebook page, allowing it to be viewed by friends at any time.
It is unclear how many people have viewed the video of Mr. Doe, but a former employee of Holland Home is the one who notified Mr. Doe’s family of its existence.
A lawsuit filed by Levin & Perconti Partner Margaret Battersby Black on behalf of Reggie and his family alleges physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The lawsuit says that Holland Home employees “maliciously abused Reggie through remorseless taunts, mockery, and lewd suggestions for the purpose of coercing Reggie into taking his pants off and exposing his genitals.”
Margaret Battersby Black also notes that it is unclear what other incidents of abuse may have taken place before the video or after. Mr. Doe, who suffers from dementia, had not told his family about the humiliating situation that occurred the day of the video, causing concern among them that this incident could be just one of many that occurred to Mr. Doe and potentially others.
Holland Home Has History of Abuse
In 2015, the death of 98-year-old Holland Home resident Dorothy Byrd was ruled a homicide. The cause of death was toxicity from morphine and hydrocodone, pain medications that were unauthorized by Ms. Byrd and her family.
The same morning Dorothy Byrd was found, 5 other residents under the same nurse’s care as Ms. Byrd were sent to the hospital. Two of those residents died. As a result of the tragic deaths, Ms. Byrd’s family has filed suit against Holland Home and the case is pending. The facility was cited and fined by the state and is still being investigated for criminal charges in the three deaths.
Holland Home’s website describes itself as ” a landmark of hope, happiness and healing for the senior members of South Holland and the surrounding communities.”
Holland Home and the management company that runs it, GS Healthcare Management, have yet to respond to the lawsuit or requests for comment from multiple news outlets.
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