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Nursing Homes Injuries and Abuse
Injuries at Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities
You have entrusted the care of your loved one to the professional staff at a skilled nursing facility. This was a difficult decision for you and your family, but you recognized that because of physical and or financial limitations your loved one can no longer safely be cared for at home. So the decision is made in the best interest of your loved one and the family as a whole, that it is best to let professionals provide care for your loved one so that you may sleep comfortably knowing that your loved one is being cared for by compassionate and highly skilled professionals and receiving the best care possible. In most cases and at most nursing homes that is exactly what you and your loved one receives. What you did not anticipate is nursing home injury and abuse. What happens if you are unfortunate and the facility your loved one resides in is not so professional and your loved one is neglected, abused or injured ? It is a sad state of affairs, that at some facilities the only concern is how much money it can make off of your loved ones and your family.
Call the Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys of Illinois, P.C. / Law Office of Siebert & Associates, P.C. at (847)253-7500 today to schedule an appointment with an experienced Elder Law Attorney to discuss your options.
This focus on money rather than on care can results in under-staffing, hiring unqualified personnel, or having a qualified person do a job for which they are not qualified, solely so that the of the facility can make themselves even richer.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THE FACILITY HAS FAILED IN IT’S DUTY TO YOUR LOVED ONE?
You receive a phone call saying your loved one has been hurt, or worse you yourself find evidence of injury, mistreatment or neglect on your loved one where the facility has not even bothered to notify you. The facility of course denies responsibility and provides you with some plausible excuse as to how your loved one did it to themselves. How do you know if it was really an unavoidable accident or the result of negligent action or inaction of the facility or it’s staff ?
If your loved one has been injured you owe it to them to see whether the cause of the injury was the result of the actions or failure to act by the facility or it’s staff. The facility is paid large amounts of money to care for your loved one in a professional manner, and is under a duty to do so. Your loved one should not have to suffer injury and pain and suffering simply so a facility can cut corners and breach it’s duty to you and your loved one simply to make a greater profit for the rich owners. It is essential that you have some sort of independent investigation conducted to determine what happened, whether it is by the Long Term Care Ombudsman or an Attorney whose practices in the area of nursing home negligence. If you don’t take action the rich owners will have no incentive to correct the practices that resulted in the injuries to your loved one.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED AS THE RESULT OF A FACILITIES ACTIONS OR FAILURE TO ACT, CALL THE ELDER LAW & ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS OF ILLINOIS, P.C. / LAW OFFICE OF SIEBERT & ASSOCIATES, P.C. AT (847)253-7500 TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS OR EMAIL US AT INFO@JCSLAW.COM TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION.
COMMON INJURIES RESULTING FROM FACILITY NEGLIGENCE
If you have concerns as to how your loved one is being treated, don’t be shy, as questions and demand answers. While a facility may tell you that certain injuries just happen to old people, frequently that is not the case and the facility is simple seeking to cover up it’s negligence. Some common types of avoidable injuries which frequently are a result of the negligence of the facility are:
Bed sores in nursing homes
Has your loved one developed a bed sore in a nursing home? If so, it may be the result of negligence. Despite what you may be told, Bed sores are not an inevitable part of living in a long-term care facility. Bed sores are preventable if appropriate care is provided by nursing home staff. When residents develop bed sores, it is often because nursing home staff failed to properly turn or re-position them or provide pressure relieving devices. When a resident is at risk for bed sores due to immobility and the nursing home staff fails to take proper care to avoid the development or worsening of pressure sores, families may be able to take legal action against the nursing home.
If your loved one has developed bed sores while in a Nursing Home, you should take action to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable.
Medication errors in long-term care facilities
Do you have a loved one who has suffered medical complications as a result of medication administration errors in a nursing home? Nursing home staff members are required to administer the correct medications at the correct doses as ordered by the resident’s physicians. When a resident receives the incorrect medication or the incorrect dose of his or her medications, these mistakes could be the result of nursing staff negligence and families may be able to take legal action to hold the nursing home accountable.
If your loved one has been the victim of medication errors, you should take action to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable.
Falls in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Has your loved one fallen in a nursing home? If so, it may be the result of negligence. Many nursing home residents require supervision when ambulating. Falls are often preventable if appropriate care is provided by nursing home staff. When residents fall, it is often because staff had failed to properly monitor the resident’s whereabouts or take the proper precautionary measures to prevent the falls, such as installing railings on residential beds. Falls can lead to bone fractures, brain injuries, or eventual death if complications arise. When a resident is at risk for falls due to weakness or a history of falls and the nursing home staff fails to take proper care to avoid the falls, families may be able to take legal action against the nursing home.
If your loved one has fallen in a nursing home, you should take action.
Do you have a family member in a nursing home who has suffered from dehydration or malnutrition? If yes, this could be of the result of nursing staff negligence. This neglectful act of improperly hydrating and feeding a resident can cause an elderly individual to develop future health problems. Without a properly hydrated and nourished system, a resident is unable to perform regular body actions and can severely weaken the body. When a resident is at risk for malnutrition or dehydration and nursing staff fail to provide proper care to vulnerable residents, families may be able to take legal action against the nursing home.
If your loved one has suffered from dehydration or malnutrition in a nursing home, you should take action.
Signs of abuse
Have you recognized potential signs of abuse of a loved one in a nursing home? These signs include unexplained injuries resulting in broken bones, swelling, bruising, and welting of the body, an unusual change in behavior of the resident, the death of a resident or other serious signs of an abusive lifestyle. Nursing homes are responsible for protecting the safety and well-being of all residents under their care. If you suspect abuse you should report it immediately to the Illinois Department of Public Health and to Adult Protective Services. In addition, you may be able to take legal action against the nursing home.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR LOVED ONE HAS SIGNS OF ABUSE OR HAS BEEN INJURED WHILE AT A NURSING HOME OR OTHER CARE FACILITY, CALL THE ELDER LAW & ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS OF ILLINOIS, P.C. / LAW OFFICE OF SIEBERT & ASSOCIATES, P.C. AT (847)253-7500 TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS OR EMAIL US AT INFO@JCSLAW.COM TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION.