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Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Filed to Stop Resident Abuse by other Residents

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The family of William A. Kahle, 47 has filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois, against the owners of the Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center over allegations the facility has failed to stop resident on resident abuse.

According to the lawsuit, Kahle was allegedly burned by another resident, and the facility did not report the incident to the Department of Public Health. When Kahle’s father filed a complaint, and investigation by the Department found that “between May and October a 26-year-old male who suffers from bipolar disorder and ADHD, sexually physically or mentally abused at least 23 other residents.” The attorney said that investigators were told by residents that the man sexually assaulted female and male residents, urinated on someone, exposed himself, used narcotics, and threatened serious physical harm to any resident that would report him.

According to the Herald News, Joliet police confirmed they are investigating abuse at the facility, though the nursing home administrator would not comment on the lawsuit.

The Herald News also reports that in 2001 Heni “Jay” Baker was beaten to death in his home by patients Christopher Matejka and Jason Richey who had passes to leave the ground. disclaimer: This article: Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Filed to Stop Resident Abuse by other Residents was posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 9:04 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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