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speeding-toine-g-iRnUeA04kUY-unsplash-1024x589Illinois is moving to a new phase in an effort to reopen the economy. As shelter-in-place orders are lifted and more cars are on the road, however, we must not forget to do our part to prevent car accidents.

Unfortunately, some drivers thought that having fewer cars on the road this past couple of months gave them a license to speed and drive recklessly. As a result, in many areas around the country, despite overall accidents being down, fatalities have gone up. Fatal accidents in Connecticut are 40% higher than last year, even though traffic is down 50%. And in Minnesota, fatalities are twice what they were last year. Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Missouri are likewise reporting that fatality rates for car accidents have risen during the pandemic.

Speeding has always been a leading factor in car crash deaths and highway officials say it is a big contributor to the current increase in fatalities. In many parts of the country, speeding tickets for people driving 20-40 miles per hour over the speed limit are up from last year. Highway patrols in California alone issued 2500 tickets to drivers going over 100 miles per hour.

Orchard Road and Indian Trail Avenue in Aurora was the scene of a serious car accident at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, May 23rd. Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after the accident to find two critically injured victims trapped inside two heavily damaged vehicles. A Truck Company, Battalion Chief, and extra paramedic unit were called to assist with extracting the victims from their cars.

After assessing the injured victims, paramedics called for a medical helicopter. While paramedics stabilized the victims, firefighters from the Truck Company and Engine Company worked to extricate them from their cars. One victim was airlifted to a trauma center, while the other one was taken to an area hospital.

The Collins Law Firm represents injured victims of car accidents. For a FREE evaluation of your case call our experienced car accident attorneys at 630-527-1595  or fill out our Contact form.

elien-dumon-zdvrozV4Lr8-unsplash-1-1024x683Villa at Windsor Park is located at 2649 E 75th St in Chicago, Illinois, and is a large, for-profit nursing home. They have 240 certified beds and participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. As of May 24, 2020, 143 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents and staff at Villa at Windsor Park, and, sadly, 33 residents have died.

Medicare.gov gives Villa at Windsor Park two out of five stars (below average) based on health inspections and staffing levels. Regarding staffing, Villa at Windsor Park falls significantly short of the national average. Residents of Villa at Windsor Park receive care from a registered nurse for only 16 minutes per day; the national average is 41 minutes. Additionally, residents receive care from a nursing aide for only 1 hour and 43 minutes a day, compared to a national average of 2 hours and 18 minutes a day.

Illinois Department of Public Health Citations

masks-4993310_1920-300x225Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, Manorcare of Hinsdale is a large nursing home with 202 certified beds. They are a non-profit nursing home and participate in both Medicare and Medicaid programs. Manorcare of Hinsdale is facing a major COVID-19 outbreak like other nursing homes in Illinois. Between residents and staff there have been 164 COVID-19 infections and 27 deaths as of May 23, 2020.

Manorcare of Hinsdale receives an average rating, three out of five stars, based on health inspections and staffing levels from medicare.gov. Staffing levels at Manorcare of Hinsdale are above the state average and only slightly below the national averages. U.S. News & World Report also gives Manorcare of Hinsdale 3 out of 5 stars. However, they rate the facility a 1 out of 3 for long-term care based on lower than average vaccination rates and pressure sore prevention.

Government Health Inspections

hand-3666974_1920-1-300x200Bria of Geneva, a for-profit nursing home, is located at 1101 E. State St. in Geneva, Illinois. They participate in both Medicare and Medicaid programs and have 107 certified beds. Bria of Geneva, like many other nursing homes in Chicago’s western suburbs, is facing a major outbreak of COVID-19. Since April, 75 of their 91 residents and 37 of their employees have tested positive for COVID -19. Sadly, 24 residents–more than a quarter of all the residents at the facility–have died. Lawsuits have been filed and families want answers

U.S. News & World Report rates Bria of Geneva as average, giving them 3 out of 5 stars. Medicare.gov gives them four out of five stars (above average) based on staffing levels and recent health inspections.

Medicare Health Inspections

Coronavirus-at-nursing-home-300x209Symphony of Joliet is a for-profit nursing home located at 306 N Larkin Ave. in Joliet, Illinois. They participate in both Medicaid and Medicare programs and have 214 beds. After learning the facility was facing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Illinois, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk called for a state investigation into Symphony of Joliet. Since then, officials at the facility have said they believe the virus may have been spread by a maintenance manager who assembled dining tables in as many as 40 patient rooms, unaware that he had already been infected with coronavirus. As of May 12th, 2020, Symphony of Joliet had 127 cases of COVID-19, 24 resident deaths, and 2 staff deaths (including the maintenance manager).

Medicare.gov gives Symphony of Joliet two out of five stars (below average) based on staffing levels and recent health inspections. Staffing levels are about average at the nursing home: residents receive care from a nursing aide for 1 hour and 56 minutes a day, compared to 2 hours and 18 minutes nationally, and care from a licensed nurse for 1 hour and 22 minutes a day versus a national average of 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Medicare Health Inspections at Symphony of Joliet

elderly-woman-in-mask-300x204Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion is a for-profit nursing home located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. This large, 222-bed facility participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion is one of many Illinois nursing homes facing significant outbreaks of COVID-19. As of May 23, 2020, 30 people at the nursing home have died due to COVID-19 and another 210 residents and staff have tested positive.

Medicare.gov gives them one out of five stars (much below average) based on staffing levels and recent health inspections. Staffing levels at Woodbridge Nursing pavilion are low: residents receive care from a registered nurse for 13 minutes per day, compared to the national average of 41 minutes, and 1 hour and 30 minutes of care from a nursing aide, compared to 2 hours and 18 minutes nationally.

In 2019, government health inspections found 20 health deficiencies; 13 were found in 2018, and 17 deficiencies were found in 2017. In the last 3 years, 16 complaints have been filed by residents or others that resulted in citations to Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion.

hands-2906458_1920-1024x683Peterson Park Health Care Center is a nursing home located at 6141 North Pulaski Road in Chicago, Illinois. It is a large, 196-bed facility–with for-profit ownership—that participates in Medicaid and Medicare. Like many other long-term care facilities across Illinois, Peterson Park is facing a major COVID-19 outbreak. 126 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 17 people have died as of May 12th, 2020.

US News & World Report gives the facility 2 out of 5 stars. Medicare.gov gives Peterson Park Health Care Center three out of five stars (average) on based on recent staffing levels and health inspections.

In 2019, government health inspections found 4 health deficiencies; in 2018, 14 health deficiencies were found, and in 2017, 10 deficiencies were found. In the last 3 years, the Peterson Park Health Care Center has had 10 complaints, filed by residents or others, which resulted in citations. 2019 health inspections found that the facility failed to:

Nursing-home-photoAlden Estates of Naperville is a for-profit nursing home located at 1525 Oxford Lane in Naperville, Illinois. They participate in Medicaid and Medicare programs and have 203 certified beds. They are one of many Illinois nursing homes facing a severe outbreak of COVID-19. As of May 23, 2020, a reported 91 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21 people have died.

Alden Estates of Naperville receives two out of five stars (below average) on Medicare.gov based on recent staffing levels and health inspections. While residents received an adequate amount of nursing care, they received an hour less time per day from nursing aides than the national average.

A Medicare health inspection in 2019 found 11 health deficiencies; 21 deficiencies were found in 2018, and 17 deficiencies were found in 2017. In the last 3 years, Alden Estates of Naperville has had 16 complaints filed by residents or others that resulted in citations. Their 2019 health inspection found that the facility failed to:

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Meadowbrook Manor is a 298-bed nursing home in Bolingbrook, Illinois that participates in Medicare and Medicaid. According to recent IDPH numbers, they are facing a major COVID-19 outbreak with 176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths, the most deaths in any long-term care facility in Illinois.

Medicare.gov gives the facility two out of five stars (below average) based on staffing and health inspections. Meadowbrook Manor’s staffing levels are lower than average, with residents receiving  59 minutes of licensed registered nursing time per day versus 1 hour and 34 minutes nationally, and 1 hour and 23 minutes of a nursing aide’s time compared to a national average of 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Violations

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