The population of the US, and Illinois, is aging at a faster rate than any other time in history. To date, more than 1.5 million elderly individuals reside in nursing homes nationwide. Even though many nursing facilities provide exceptional care, others offer nothing more than inadequate supervision of nursing home patient due to understaffing or mismanagement.
In situations where a nursing home patient has been injured due to inattentive staff or simply because there was no supervision at all-- Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has experience prosecuting these matters in order to hold the corporations involved fully accountable. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys have experience handling nursing home negligence cases across Illinois and are ready to assist you and your family. We offer free case reviews and never charge a fee unless there is a recovery for you.
Why So Many Chicago Nursing Home Patients Are Poorly Supervised
Lack of training and understaffing are often the key components to nursing home abuse and neglect. Many of the residents of a nursing home facility experience a painful existence, and depend on staff members for basic necessities including medicine, food, water, grooming, toileting, bed turning and active stimulation. However, when the nursing facility fails in their abilities to provide proper treatment, goods, care and services, the resident’s welfare, safety and health is often abused or neglected.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
The federal government and the state of Illinois provide detailed guidelines on the highest level of care that nursing homes are to provide. In fact, all assisted-living facilities and nursing homes that receive federal funds through Medicaid and Medicare must maintain specific conditions. Even so, there are often both obvious and inconspicuous signs of neglect in a nursing home that can be observed. They include:
- Dehydration or malnutrition through the lack of access to water and food
- Bone fractures often resulting from improper transfers in and out of the bed, bathroom, chair or shower
- Failure to treat fractures and other injuries
- Inadequate measures to prevent falling
- Unexplained falls
- Untreated infections, or other improper medical care
- Unclean, unsafe and unhygienic living conditions
- Signs of sexual abuse
- Untreated decubitus ulcers (bed sores or pressure sores)
- Inadequate assistance to help patients suffering from incontinence
- Serious medical error through failure to properly dispense prescription medications, or accounting for medical interaction
- Physical/sexual assault by violent residents or staff members inadequately supervised
There are other types of neglect or abuse than just inadequate supervision of nursing home patient. Many times, nursing homes are negligent in their abilities to provide proper management in day-to-day operations. These less obvious signs of nursing home neglect include:
- Inadequate or missing clinical records
- Unsupervised medical care not overseen by a licensed doctor
- Insufficient staffing, especially in providing properly trained healthcare providers including nurses
- No pharmaceutical services provided or prescription errors
- Inadequate supervision of a nursing home patient
- Inadequate or missing security measures to safeguard residents from strangers, or from wandering away from the facility
- Inadequate protection measures to safeguard residents from hazards, including wet floors or missing grab bars
- No development of formal care plans in how to effectively address the emotional, physical and mental health of the resident
- Lack of notification to a private doctor or family member anytime a resident is injured
Receiving Financial Compensation When A Loved One Is Mistreated In An Illinois Nursing Home
You, or a loved one, may be entitled to receive financial recompense for the negligence, abuse, recklessness or inaction of a nursing home, and/or the staff. In fact, financial compensation is often available for elderly individuals that have been seriously injured or have died as a result of nursing home negligence. Signs of negligence can include:
- Poorly chosen or faulty shoes, canes, walkers and wheelchairs
- Allowing a medicated, confused or frail individual to walk without staff assistance
- Using poor transfer techniques when moving elderly individuals between chairs and beds
- Providing dangerous conditions at the nursing home including poor lighting, wet floors, clutter, missing bed rails, and beds positioned too high off the ground
- Restricting important opportunities to engage in active exercise including walking to strengthen muscles and diminish the potential to fall
Claims involving in injury to a nursing home resident due to inadequate supervision of staff are often filed due to understaffing, improperly trained employees, or the inability to provide basic necessities. Financial compensation is often available to victims of Chicago nursing home negligence (or their heirs when the victim dies) by holding responsible parties accountable for their misconduct, misdeeds, or inappropriate behavior.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide a no charge initial consultation to review the case, and provide legal counsel on how to best proceed. Through a proper, legal and factual rights investigation, our skilled nursing home negligence attorneys can determine the extent and nature of the elderly’s injury, along with what and who is at fault, and the potential of financial recovery. Call the law firm at (888) 424-5757 for litigation or settlement representation.