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Nursing Home Resident Develops Bed Sore, Facility Facing Neglect Lawsuit

Mar 6, 2013

An Illinois nursing home has been accused of providing negligent care to one of its residents to the point that he was forced to undergo a partial amputation of his leg.

According to a local report, the Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet, Ill., has been named in a lawsuit claiming the male resident received negligent care at the nursing home that’s currently fighting to keep its doors open.

The lawsuit was filed in late-February in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, according to the report.

The Plaintiff was moved to the Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in July 2010 after suffering a series of strokes that left him paralyzed on one side of his body and unable to speak. The complaint against the nursing home states that during his stay there, Rush developed serious bed sores and was dehydrated.

The resident’s condition worsened as his stay was extended at the nursing home. The Plaintiff developed a pressure sore on his left heel that became infected and forced him to have part of his leg amputated. He moved from Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after that surgery.

The Plaintiff’s sister-in-law told the news source that when her relative entered the nursing home back in 2010, he was still able to move about with the help of a walker and some supervision. At the time he was removed from the nursing home, he had part of his leg gone and was “deathly ill.” She added that the amputation was performed on his left leg but that he was paralyzed on his right side, an indication that the substandard care at the nursing home was to blame for his current state.

The Hillcrest facility has been in the crosshairs of state health and oversight officials in Illinois for the past several years and that after the filing of this recent lawsuit against in, the state’s Dept. of Public Health fined the nursing home more than $30,000 and that an investigation had uncovered at least 23 reported incidents of verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse against the residents there during a five-month period in 2011. There are also two reports of suspicious deaths linked to the nursing home. The nursing home has also lost its Medicare and Medicaid funding eligibility because it failed to meet minimum standards of care for residents.

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