Steven M. Levin of Levin & Perconti and John P. Nicoara of Nicoara & Steagall recently filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit against an East Peoria nursing home on behalf of a resident who died earlier this month from head trauma sustained while under their care. The complaint alleges that while under the care of the nursing home, the resident fell and sustained serious head injury and a general decline in her health that led to her death.
The complaint also alleges that the nursing home placed the residents in a dangerous environment by admitting and keeping residents with violent histories and convictions of criminal acts including burglary, assault, battery, and public intoxication. Further, the complaint states that the nursing home created an environment so dangerous that staff members and elderly residents feared for their safety. During 2007 alone, East Peoria police responded to approximately fifty incidents at the facility.
Steve Levin commented that residential facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Act are required to conduct background checks on all potential residents. This particular East Peoria nursing home has a history of repeated citations from the Illinois Department of Public Health for violations of the Illinois Administrative Code regarding resident care.
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