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More than 1 million Americans currently live in approximately 16,000 nursing homes. With our aging population, this number is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the agency directly responsible for ensuring all of the patients under the care of skilled nursing facilities in Illinois remain safe and free from harm or neglect.
A duty to safeguard patients
When a person is placed in a nursing home, the individual and his or her family are entitled to expect that the person will receive proper care and will be treated with dignity.
Causes behind the epidemic of nursing home neglect
A primary cause of nursing home neglect may be an influx of corporations entering the nursing home industry. In many of these cases, the companies’ motive is purely profit-driven, with quality of patient care coming a distant second. Frequently, we see corporate owners trim staff at nursing homes to bare-bones levels and utilize less-experienced, lower-salaried staff instead of more experienced workers.
These major changes in the nursing home industry are having a direct impact on patient care. We are seeing more instances of abuse, neglect and patient injury than we saw in the past as corporate owners strive to maximize the profitability of their facilities by reducing the care dispensed to patients.
Signs of nursing home neglect
The signs of neglect or poor care of a nursing home patient care vary widely. In most cases, the family of an individual is in the best position to evaluate if their loved was was receiving inferior care. Some signs of deficient care may have a gradual onset and may not always be apparent during regular visits. However, experts commonly identify the following warning signs of systemic nursing home neglect:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Change in demeanor, anger
- Pressure sores
- Dirty conditions
Abusive Nursing Home Care
Physical and emotional abuse has no place in any environment– especially one that is designed to care for our elders. Unfortunately, we continually see abusive acts carried out against our loved ones by nursing home staff, visitors and other patients. As hurtful as these episodes are to family members to learn of, taking action is not only a right granted pursuant to the Nursing Home Care Act of Illinois, the well being of other patients at the facility is very much dependent upon the exposure of abusive conduct. How else with these atrocities come to light?
Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers: Advocates of the neglected & abused in facilities within Illinois
The nursing home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is proud to be a recognized leader in the field of nursing home litigation. With an expansive network of nursing experts, physicians and legal colleagues, we are ready to see that nursing homes and their corporate owners are held fully responsible for poor and abusive care as exemplified by:
- Pressure sores
- Repeated falls
- Patients dropped by staff
- Patients wandering from facilities
- Medication errors
- Physical abuse
- Untimely death
Jonathan Rosenfeld, founder of and lead attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, is an active member of the American Association of Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, a group of trial attorneys dedicated to representing the individuals and families who have been harmed or killed due to poor care in nursing homes. Jonathan also authors the Nursing Homes Abuse Blog www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com, a comprehensive resource for families seeking information about frequently encountered problems in skilled nursing facilities.
There is no cost or obligation to speak to some of the most respected nursing home attorneys
If you are concerned about the care of a loved one at an Illinois nursing home, contact our office today for a free explanation of your legal rights by attorneys who have experience litigating nursing home abuse cases. Unfortunately, situations involving inferior care are rarely resolved without some intervention.
Our experience and track record of superior case results has earned us a reputation as true legal advocates who are willing to do what it takes to provide the best possible results for our clients. As a result of our achievements we receive many referrals from our peers in the legal community who know that when we handle a case– it will be handled with integrity and uncompromising zealousness.
Take the steps today to protect your loved one and others in their situation from further harm. (847) 835-8895 by taking a stand against bad care.
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