We have often reported on the problems that arise when nursing home residents are not properly protected from their fellow residents. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have consistently learned about the harm caused by the actions of violent residents. It is for the same reason that the Illinois Attorney General has been conducting surprise investigations into Chicago-area nursing homes to examine the criminal history of those who reside at these facilities.
It is imperative that nursing home employees ensure that the residents in their care are protected. That protection comes in a variety of components, one of which includes violent physical, emotional, and sexual abuse from other residents. When these employees fail in that duty, the victims and their families should ensure that they hold the problematic nursing home accountable.
In that way, these negligent nursing homes are put on notice that their irresponsible behavior cannot be tolerated, because lives literally hang in the balance.
That fact was bore out in a recent case reported in the Los Angeles Times. Tragedy struck this morning at a Laguna Hills nursing home. Employees at the facility found a 94 year old man dead in his bed. He had been beaten over the head severely. Investigators have concluded that the victim’s roommate was responsible for the death. Apparently the roommate had grabbed the bar used to hang close in the room closet and used it to kill the victim. Police are still investigating more to learn more about what led to the tragic nursing home attack.