Elderly Man Punched At Hillcrest Nursing Center In Round Lake Beach
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect - December 9, 2022
Nursing Home Resident Seriously Injured At Hillcrest Nursing Center In Round Lake Beach
ROUND LAKE BEACH, ILLINOIS (December 8, 2022) – An elderly man at Hillcrest Nursing Center in Round Lake Beach was injured after he was punched in the face by a worker.
Lake County officials are saying that the assault took place on Tuesday. Police officers responded to a call about a battery in progress at the Hillcrest Nursing Center, which is located at 1740 Circuit Drive in Round Lake Beach.
Officers found an 89-year-old man who was unresponsive and bleeding from one eye. A 36-year-old employee at the nursing home was arrested and charged with causing great bodily injury to a person over 60.
They were also charged with abusing a long-term care resident in a manner causing injury. Paramedics were called to the Hillcrest Nursing Center in order to help the victim.
The injured man was transported to the Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Elder Abuse At Round Lake Beach Nursing Homes
Abuse at long-term care facilities is much more common than many people may realize. According to one report by the World Health Organization, “Rates of abuse of older people are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with 2 in 3 staff reporting that they have committed abuse in the past year.” Abuse tends to thrive in environments where nursing home staff are not properly monitored. There are several risk factors that can increase the odds that a nursing home resident will be abused.
- Poor physical health
- Physical disability
- Cognitive impairment
- Low income
- Mental illness
It is illegal to abuse residents in long-term care facilities. According to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, a nursing home resident has the right to be free from abuse or neglect. When a nursing home employee or agent becomes aware of abuse or neglect, they must report it as required by law. The owner of a nursing home could be liable if their employee abuses a resident. Generally speaking, nursing homes are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees who were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are numerous mistakes that nursing homes could make that could lead to abuse.
- Nursing homes may have failed to properly vet their employees.
- Nursing homes may have failed to adequately supervise their employees.
- Nursing homes may have failed to adequately train their employees.
It can be difficult to know where to begin after any instance of nursing home abuse. It is common for nursing home abuse victims to have long-term psychological trauma even after their physical injuries heal. Any person that is injured in a nursing home is protected by a number of laws. They do have the ability to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim if that is what they choose. It is very important that all evidence is properly preserved after any instance of nursing home abuse.
Investigating Elder Abuse At Round Lake Beach Nursing Homes
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the man injured in this senseless attack at Hillcrest Nursing Center. It is our sincere hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim and his family. Measures should be put in place to prevent more abuse at this location.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the wrongful actions of workers at Hillcrest Nursing Center? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of nursing home safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that abuse victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.