Experienced Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Attorneys
Nursing home abuse and neglect, occurs all too often, and can be extremely damaging to not only a resident’s mental and physical health, but also can have a major negative impact on the resident’s family and loved ones. Nursing home malpractice can occur at any time, and is the result of either intentional or negligent acts by a nursing home professional, that in turn causes physical, mental, or psychological harm of a resident.
Under Illinois law, all nursing home residents are protected by the Nursing Home Care Act, which guarantees their safety and protection from any abuse or neglect from nursing home employees. Although there are laws and safeguards that work to protect against this kind of abuse, there are still many steps involved in proving abuse or negligence has taken place. At Shifrin Law Group, our attorneys work to not only listen to your case, but we also work to put together a case that will ensure you and your loved one are given the justice you deserve.
How To Prove Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Has Occurred
Proving a case of nursing home neglect or abuse can sometimes be extremely difficult. One reason for this is that the Defendant, the nursing home involved in the abuse, will often times argue that the resident was already in poor condition when they entered the facility, and therefore the injuries sustained are not from abuse or neglect, and instead a result of a preexisting medical condition.
As a result, it is vital that you hire an attorney to protect your interests as soon as possible so that your situation can be properly investigated by a diligent and aggressive legal team.
- Bedsores (sign of inattention)
- Unexplained medical sedation
- Nursing home fall injuries
- Unexplained financial transactions
- Frozen joints (sign of inattention)
- Unwillingness to eat
- Any sign of bruising, cuts, burns, broken bones and other physical injuries
- Injuries or signs of infection within the genital area (sign of potential sexual abuse)
- Behavioral changes that cannot be explained
- Behavior from nursing home staff that seems suspicious or out of the ordinary
- Any sign of nursing home negligence or lack of care for resident
Out of all of these signs of neglect and abuse, bed sores are typically the most common sign of neglect within nursing home facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, one in ten nursing home residents are suffering from the existence of bed sores. Bed sores are extremely important to watch for if you have a loved one in a nursing home facility. This is due to the fact that they are so common, but also are very preventable if your loved one is receiving adequate care from staff within their facility.
If you notice the existence of bed sores or any other sign of negligence or abuse on you or a loved one, contact the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Shifrin Law Group for a free consultation on your individual case. Our founding attorney speaks fluent Russian, making us capable of serving you in the English and Russian language.
What You Should Do If You Or A Loved One Is Experiencing Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect any kind of abuse from a nursing home facility or their staff, the first best thing to do is to get your loved one out of the facility, so that you know they are safe. If your loved one is residing in a nursing home facility, it is more than likely that they are already in a very fragile state, and remaining in a facility that is potentially harming them can put their lives at serious risk.
Subsequently, it is imperative that you will then report the abuse or neglect to the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343. By reporting this to the Illinois Department of Public Health, you will ensure that the nursing home facility and staff are thoroughly investigated. After making this report to the Illinois Department of Public Health, it is then extremely important to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney so that your case can be properly investigated and to ensure that evidence is preserved.
The attorneys at Shifrin Law Group will assist you and your loved one and provide you with legal guidance and representation to make sure you and your loved one receive the compensation and justice you both deserve.