Jackson Park Patients Remain Unsafe After Inspection Recommendations Ignored
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2012 – Patients at Jackson Park Hospital have been taking their health into their own hands for years, according to records reported on by the Chicago Tribune.
Earlier reports from the Chicago Tribune had established that regulators are slow to investigate or act on complaints against hospitals. But in December the paper reported that when regulators do investigate, they are unable to follow up to make sure the problems are corrected.
“The problems at Jackson Park Hospital that have been reported by the Chicago Tribune are outrageous,” said Chicago wrongful death attorney Paul Greenberg. “The people of Chicago’s Southside deserve better.”
There has been a pattern of deficiencies that include some repeat offenses, according to the Chicago Tribune’s reporting. The hospital provides acute care and has a psychiatric wing.
Patients who are at risk of suicide, seizures, falls or attacks are required to be given special precautions, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Department of Public Health has found that during the past two years, patient safety was threatened because the hospital failed to act on inspection findings.
A 2009 inspection revealed that the hospital was not following the orders of the physicians. The hospital said they would fix the problems, but the problems have persisted, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“It is the hospital’s moral and legal responsibility to ensure that patients are safe when they are in the institution’s care,” Greenberg said. “Whether they are a danger to themselves or other patients or even the staff, the hospital must provide a safe environment for the patients and employees.”
When a wrongful death occurs, a patient's family can go after the medical professional or facility that was careless or negligent. To learn more about Chicago wrongful death lawyer Paul Greenberg, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).
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