Today most nursing homes are operated by a relatively small group of companies who are focused on maximizing the profits at each facility. Skilled nursing facilities that were once dedicated to providing the best possible care have become nothing more than an opportunity to profit as larger operators and private equity companies enter the nursing home industry.
Heads-on-Beds, Reduced Staffing, Maximum Profits
In order to achieve the maximum profitability, some nursing home chains see that this can be achieved by keeping the beds at their facilities full and hiring the bare number of staff mandated. The formula for maximizing profits at nursing home chains has the unfortunate consequence of resulting in a dangerous environment for patients. As staffing levels are reduced and overall costs are reduced, the daily needs of many patients go unfulfilled and unmonitored. Patients at facilities controlled by nursing home chains may suffer from protracted neglect or episodes of abuse carried out by unmonitored patients or over-worked staff.
Understandably, when a loved one at a nursing home chain suffers an injury or is mistreated, the initial feelings of concern may give way to anger. Seeking restitution for their loved one or simply to prevent a similar incident from happening to another person, families may elect to pursuing a civil lawsuit against the chain.
Pursuing a Civil Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home Chain
Regardless of the reason, pursuing a civil claim against a nursing home chain may be more difficult than a similar claim against a facility that is independently operated or controlled by an individual owner. In an effort to insulate themselves from liability and reduce exposure, some facilities controlled by corporate owners have set-up elaborate limited liability companies or established corporate residency in states that have laws more favorable to their business interests.
In addition, many nursing home chains have enacted arbitration clauses with their admission paperwork. Put simply, these clauses stipulate that a claim for injuries should be adjudicated via a private arbitration system as opposed to a traditional jury trial.
Put Our Experience Litigating Cases Involving Nursing Home Chains to Work for You
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to holding nursing home operators—regardless of their size—fully accountable when a patient is injured at their facility. Our firm has prosecuted nursing home negligence and wrongful death lawsuits against nursing home chains in Illinois and across the country. Our experience with these cases enables us to fairly and accurately assess your case and options for moving forward with a claim or lawsuit.
We invite you to contact our office for a complimentary review of your case. You can discuss your case with our attorneys—without any cost or obligation. If you deem our office to be a good fit, we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis—where a legal fee is only assessed when we recover financially for you.