Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Lawyers who confront elder abuse and neglect
When you place your parent or other elderly family member in a nursing home, you have the right to expect that a basic standard of care will be performed. The discovery that your loved one has been neglected or abused while residing in a elder care facility is a painful betrayal of your trust. Our nursing home abuse attorneys hold elder care facilities accountable for their lack of quality care and help your loved ones receive compensation for injuries and abuse suffered while in their care.
Negligent care in nursing homes
Sometimes residents suffer due to neglect. While individual staff are responsible for giving proper care, the nursing home administration must take responsibility for preventing negligent care such as—
- Development of bedsores
- Lack of safety precautions and rails
- Failure to administer medications
- Unsanitary conditions and contraction of infection
- Inadequate food, water and nutrition
- Muscle contractures
- Lack of supervision
Your family member may be injured or become ill from nursing home neglect. Our law firm will obtain compensation to help your loved one return to health and to punish the nursing home for its negligence.
Intentional elder abuse
In 2010, the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was revamped to more effectively protect the personal safety of patients. This change came in response to media reports that some residents of nursing homes were victims of shocking abuse, including—
Individual perpetrators of these acts can face criminal charges, but the elder care facility itself must also be held accountable for the criminal actions of its staff. Seniors who suffer such abuse may be psychologically affected for the remainder of their already difficult lives. Our lawyers pursue damages for the pain, suffering and emotional distress endured by your family member.
Many elder care residents are not able to communicate effectively about their nutritional needs. Nursing staff must be trained to identify warning signs of malnutrition, and they must take action to prevent it. Poor nutrition leads to health problems including:
- Bed Sores
- Weight loss
- Protein energy deficiency
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Immune deficiency
Medication is a basic fact of life in a nursing home. Residents rely on the nursing staff to administer prescription drugs correctly, and to monitor the potential development of unacceptable side effects. Negligent delivery of medication can take many forms:
- Wrong medication given
- Wrong dosage given
- Adverse reaction to medication not observed
- Ingestion of medication not supervised
Also, medication may only be used to treat a medical condition. A nursing home may not administer drugs for the sole purpose of subduing a resident. In all cases of improper medication, whether negligent delivery or intentional misuse, our attorneys work swiftly to rectify the situation and seek damages for your loved one.
Physical and mental abuse by staff
Physical abuse by staff occurs on occasion, though it is the least common form of negligence. However, mental abuse occurs more frequently and can be have equally negative consequences for the resident. Threats, harassment and willful isolation of a resident are all considered abusive conduct. We pursue negligence claims against nursing homes that tolerate such practices.
Pursue damages for your loved one’s nursing home abuse injuries
People who commit negligent or abusive acts towards elders may or may not be punished by the criminal justice system. You deserve your own justice in the form of compensation from the responsible facility. Most care facilities carry liability insurance policies, and our lawyers compel them to offer an appropriate settlement. If they refuse, we file a lawsuit on behalf of your injured family member and proceed to a jury trial.
The attorneys at the Blumenshine Law Group first ensure that your relative receives appropriate care to correct the issues found. Then we seek compensation for the adverse health effects your relative suffered when neglected.
For a free consultation about your claim of nursing home negligence or elder abuse, contact us or call us at (312) 766-1000. We help people in the City of Chicago and all of Illinois.