As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, we are expected to see an exponential increase in the number of elderly patients who require full time care in nursing facilities. Many companies see these statistics as an opportunity to enter a rapidly growing industry but when nursing homes are owned by for-profit organizations that place profits over quality of care, many of our loved ones suffer as a result. The Chicago Injury Center is a leading personal injury law firm that serves clients across the state of Illinois and it is our mission to improve the care all people receive in nursing homes by holding facilities accountable for the negligent treatment of those who they are paid to serve.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse Cases
While every individual case has unique circumstances, there are several types of nursing home cases. The type of neglect or abuse that your loved one has endured is an important factor in determining the best course of legal action to pursue. Following are the most common types of nursing home injury cases.
- Neglect— For-profit companies often reduce staff levels in order to lower expenses and increase margins. When this affects the ability of staff members to properly serve every patient, some people are neglected and may suffer injuries as a result.
- Negligence— While similar to neglect, negligence is defined as any actions or inaction that results in injury to a patient. Failure to properly report an injury or to administer medical care immediately when a patient needs it could be classified as negligence.
- Malpractice— Medical malpractice occurs when patients are harmed by a healthcare provider’s actions or decisions and it is determined that the doctor or medical staff deviated from the standard of care.
- Physical or Sexual Abuse— There are times when staff members or visitors commit heinous acts against the patients in nursing homes and these acts cannot be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each nursing facility to provide a safe environment for every one of its patients and the failure to do so can make the owner of the facility liable for abuse a patient endures.
When to Speak to a Nursing Home Attorney?
It is easy to dismiss the warning signs of nursing home neglect or abuse, which is why it is important never to write anything off or immediately believe the nursing home staff’s account of a situation that involves harm done to a patient. If your loved one begins to seem withdrawn, suddenly acts differently, shows physical symptoms of neglect or claims that he or she is being mistreated, you should investigate the matter immediately even if staff members attribute such accusations to dementia or senility. The Chicago Injury Center’s nursing home abuse lawyers will gladly conduct an investigation for you and let you know whether you have a case free of charge.
Contact us today for a free and private consultation with an attorney to learn more about your legal options and rights. Each of our experienced lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means payment will never be expected unless we win or settle your case.