Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fighting For The Rights Of The Elderly
At a stage in life when our parents and other elderly family members are most fragile, we should be able to trust that a nursing home will be the safest place for them. Unfortunately, some of these facilities often fail to take even the most basic measures to protect our loved ones. When a nursing home or another long-term care facility fails to properly staff and care for elderly residents, their residents can suffer from bedsores, infections and falls. Physical and emotional abuse or neglect can also occur when a facility does not properly screen its staff before hiring or when staff members are not properly supervised.
If an elderly relative has been neglected or abused in a nursing home or another long-term care facility, our lawyers can help you. At Anesi Ozmon, LTD, we hold negligent individuals and facilities responsible for the unnecessary suffering your loved one has endured. Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Chicago have been standing up for the rights of the injured throughout Illinois since 1955. We are dedicated to obtaining the maximum compensation available for victims and their loved ones and to preventing future incidents of nursing home neglect and abuse.
How Was Your Loved One Injured?
Common injuries and abuse resulting from nursing home negligence include:
- Falls due to inadequate staff or poor safety measures
- Failure to provide or follow a proper care plan
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Improper transfers of people, causing falls and broken bones
- An elderly person wandering off (elopement)
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse (assault and battery)
- Sexual abuse
The fact is that the elderly are more vulnerable to violence, neglect and abuse. Our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to fighting for you and your family.
How To Identify Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
The signs of abuse and neglect in a nursing home are not always plain to see. Elderly people are generally more susceptible to accidents (like falls) and injuries (like bruising and broken bones). Therefore, an accident or injury may be a reason for suspicion, but you’ll need to look for other signs that they were caused by neglect or abuse.
Those signs could include:
- A staff that seems too small for the patient/resident population
- Inattentive staff that are hard to reach when you have a question or concern
- Unsanitary conditions in your loved one’s room or throughout the facility generally
- Reports of similar accidents affecting other residents
- Staff being evasive or confrontational when you ask about your loved one’s injuries or accident
While your suspicions could ultimately be incorrect (which would be a positive outcome), you owe it to yourself and your loved one to investigate. The risk of allowing potential abuse or neglect to continue is far greater than the risk of offending someone.
How To Report A Nursing Home To The State Of Illinois
Who do you speak to if you suspect neglect or abuse? The answer depends on how immediate the danger is and whether a serious injury or death has already occurred.
If you suspect that a nursing home is being neglectful or abusive but the danger does not seem immediate, you can reach out, via phone or online, to the long-term care ombudsman in the area where the facility is located or call the senior helpline. Contact information can be found on the website of the Illinois Department on Aging.
The resources above are not for emergency situations. If you suspect your loved one is in immediate danger, you can call 911. Once the situation is no longer an emergency, you will be connected with the local ombudsman.
Sadly, some families don’t learn about the dangers to their loved ones until after a serious injury or death has occurred. In such cases, please contact one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options and next steps. In addition to representing you in litigation, we can connect you with the appropriate government agencies to file an official report.
Speak To A Caring And Experienced Attorney For Free
At Anesi Ozmon, LTD, we offer free initial consultations to prospective clients throughout Illinois so that you can share your concerns and learn about your legal options. To schedule yours, call our Chicago office at 312-997-5784 or contact us online today.