Man Killed In Joliet Nursing Home After Fight With Resident
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect - November 26, 2023
William Paschall Charged With First Degree Murder After Death of Man At Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Nursing Home Facility In Joliet
JOLIET, ILLINOIS (November 26, 2023) – A Joliet man has tragically died following a fight over a washing machine at the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation nursing home facility.
Joliet police officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:25 p.m. on Friday. A man allegedly became angry that another resident was using the washing machine at the nursing home.
He punched the victim in the head multiple times and knocked him to the floor. Staff at the facility rendered medical aid before police and paramedics arrived.
Sadly, the victim was later pronounced dead due to his injuries. Police have arrested William Paschall in connection with the death.
A full investigation into the death at the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Joliet Nursing Home Deaths
Assaults at nursing homes are far more common than many people may realize. According to the IAHSS Foundation, “In 2015 nursing and residential care facilities were among the industries with the highest prevalence of nonfatal occupational violence, with a rate of 6.8 per 100 full time workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Nursing home residents are also subjected to violence at the hands of other residents. There are many steps that nursing homes should take to prevent violence.
- Staff should conduct thorough assessments of each resident’s physical and mental health.
- Staff should be trained to recognize early signs of aggression and implement appropriate interventions.
- Staff should be present throughout nursing homes and intervene when necessary to prevent fights from taking place.
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. Group homes often take care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This includes the elderly and those with physical and intellectual disabilities. All group homes must provide residents with a reasonably safe environment. In order to prevent assaults, nursing homes must be properly staffed and have adequate safety measures. When a nursing home fails to protect residents from violence, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any nursing home death.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A police report of the incident should be created.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any death at a nursing home. To make matters worse, nursing facilities will rarely be transparent about what took place. Assaults are often highly preventable. By the time any person is hospitalized or killed in an attack, there were likely numerous if not dozens of smaller events leading up to it. The family of any person that died in a nursing home may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.
Investigating Illinoit Nursing Home Deaths
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation nursing home facility. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Joliet nursing home death? Our team of nursing home safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that assault victims are aware of their rights and nursing homes are held accountable for their negligence. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.