Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Our parents and grandparents have spent their entire lives making sure that we had everything we needed to thrive, and we expect that they will be treated with dignity and respect worthy of all the sacrifices they've made. It is a travesty that the number of nursing facility abuse reports is on the rise in Illinois. We must fight back to ensure that negligent nursing homes are unable to afford cutting corners and to neglect those whom they are tasked with caring for in a safe environment.
The Illinois long-term care facility abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC aggressively defend the civil rights of those who've been neglected or abused by those trusted to take care of them. All our elder home abuse cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures that there is never a legal fee charged unless there is a recovery for you.
The Burgeoning Cost of Nursing Care
Skilled nursing care in the United States is far from cheap. The average cost of caring for the elderly in Illinois is lower than the average across the nation. However, it is still exorbitant. A family member sharing a room with others are charged an average of nearly $5,400 each month. Electing for more privacy will cost an additional $800 monthly. This cost amounts to over $64,000 per year. This amount can cause a significant drain on the finances of our elderly and their families, even when accounting for contributions from Medicare and Medicare toward these costs.
We place our loved ones in nursing facilities despite these costs because we recognize the need for them to be surrounded by those who are trained to provide for their unique needs. It is well within our rights to expect that nursing facilities provide high-quality care in return for our hard-earned money, and it can be infuriating to learn that a loved one suffered an injury because the home cut corners and placed profit above the health of the patient.
How For-Profit Companies are Changing the Landscape
It was not until very recently that for-profit businesses began to wade into the nursing care field. Most facilities up to that point were run by non-profit organizations tied to religious institutions. As for-profit home facilities have started to spring up over the state, so have the number of reports concerning home abuse and neglect.
The primary conflict in a nursing home facility is in need will of maximizing profit. Most corporations do whatever it takes to reduce costs and find ways to bring in additional revenue. When our loved ones' health is at stake, however, it is inexcusable to understaff a facility to increase margins at their expense.
The state legislature enacted the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (210 IL CS 45) with protections of nursing resident's rights who could be vulnerable to physical injury, medication errors, home negligence, or wrongful death. The newly enacted law helps bolster federal regulations to hold the responsible party of neglect and abuse legally accountable for the law. However, abuse and neglect still occur in nursing facilities statewide.
Forms of Senior Home Neglect
The Illinois Department of Public Health reveals that nursing home negligence comes in a variety of forms. While some cases involve irreprehensible behavior, most of the neglect is not intentional. According to the State of Illinois, the following are the most common forms of elder home abuse and the serious injuries that can result.
- Failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration to home residents – When nursing facilities are severely short-staffed, patients may not receive proper care, including three meals per day. Victims of elder abuse could go for extended periods without fluids.
- Inadequate measures to prevent or treat bed sores are a type of abuse – This form of home neglect is also commonly associated with under-staffing due to the ease in which pressure ulcers can be prevented. Elderly residents who are at an elevated risk of developing bed sores merely need to be moved every one to two hours, and staff should be wary of any signs that sores are beginning to develop.
- Some cases of elder abuse involve improper supervision of high-risk elderly people – Some patients require special needs and medical treatment or have limitations. Nursing staff must come up with treatment plans for individual patients that address their needs. Many patients require assistance or supervision for tasks such as eating, moving in and out of bed, walking, or other tasks. In these cases, staff members must be available to assist. Patients at elevated risk of falling may suffer injuries due to a fall. Those requiring mealtime supervision that is ignored may have difficulty swallowing and choke on their food.
- Physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse of an older adult – The most heinous offenses of elder abuse are actions taken willfully by staff members or visitors who are somehow allowed contact with victims. There is no excuse for these types of injuries. It is vital always to be wary of signs that our loved ones are being harmed in a physical, emotional, or sexual manner. Signs include sudden changes in behavior with emotional outbursts, strange behavior around caregivers, bruises and visible marks, and direct reports of abuse.
Any family member concerned that their loved one was neglected or died prematurely in a nursing facility has a right to take legal action. The family could file an injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim.
How We Can Help Your Loved One
The discovery that your loved one may be the victim of abuse can be alarming. Your family might want to remove him or her from the harmful environment immediately. Our Chicago area senior home abuse attorneys are equipped to help you identify the existence of abuse and help you relocate your loved one into a home that will better suit his or her needs — and one that is accredited to provide quality care. Additionally, we can gather all of the evidence needed to build a case on your behalf so that those responsible for your loved one's injuries will be liable for the cost of treating those wounds.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has successfully helped hundreds of clients who have been neglected and abused in nursing homes. Contact our experienced Chicago law firm today to arrange a free consultation with one of our Illinois elder home lawyers. Let a personal injury lawyer provide legal advice and discuss available options for financial compensation. Once we have reviewed your case, we will guide you through your first steps and get to work representing the interests of your loved one.
Our senior home attorneys will only ask for payment once we have won or settled your case. Should we fail to collect compensation on your loved one's behalf, our services will not cost you a thing.