In October 2010, a Belleville man, named Lloyd Collier died while a resident at Illinois' Willowcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The family of Mr. Collier claims that between September 2010 and October 2010, Mr. Collier was neglected by the facility's staff and that as a result of such neglect, he became dehydrated, suffered a perforated colon and developed a bacterial infection in his blood. The family of Mr. Collier claims that his death, in October 2010, was a result of the conditions he developed as a result of the neglect he suffered at Willowcreek.
Enone Collier, on behalf of Lloyd Collier's estate, filed a lawsuit on September 2, 2011, in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Helia Healthcare of Belleville LLC, doing busines as Willowcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Mr. Collier's family is accusing Willowcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of violating Illinois' Nursing Home Care Act. Illinois' Nursing Home Care Act enumerates the rights of patients in healthcare facilities, the responsiblities of the facilities providing such services, licensing requirements, enforcement of the act, and discusses violations, penalties and remedies.
In addition to the Collier family's allegation that Willowcreek was in violation of the Illinois Home Care Act, the family is alleging wrongful death and negligence.
The Collier family is seeking in excess of $200,000 in damages for medical expenses and court costs.
While many nursing homes or healthcare facilities provide excellent care, some neglect and ignore the duty they owe to their residents or patients. Unfortunately, deaths and/or injuries resulting from nursing home abuse and/or negligence are becomming all too commonplace. As the population grows older, the very real existence and prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect is frightening.