Compensation For Nursing Home Injuries And Abuse
Americans are living longer due to advances in science, technology and medicine, and a better understanding of nutrition. With longer life expectancy, it is becoming more and more common for elderly loved ones to spend years or even decades in nursing homes. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for negligence on the part of the nursing home staff to lead to life-threatening injuries.
Elder Abuse In Nursing Homes
At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers have decades of combined experience guiding individuals through the process of a personal injury lawsuit. Nursing homes might not go through the proper steps for background checks while hiring or provide new hire training. This can lead to unsavory or ill-trained workers who can cause a great deal of harm to nursing home residents.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including:
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Psychological abuse
Negligent or inattentive nursing home staff members must be held accountable if residents have to suffer due to:
- Wandering off
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Inappropriate use of restraints
- Medication errors
- Transport injuries
If your elderly loved one was ignored or mistreated by nursing home staff members, it is important to hold those individuals responsible for their actions. We strive to ensure you recover the monetary compensation necessary to ensure your loved one can receive the proper medical care and attention. Our attorneys will also fight to guarantee a behavior change within the nursing home organization. We do not want to see any other residents injured in the same way.
Wandering And Elopement
It is not uncommon for nursing home residents to suffer from some form of dementia. In these situations, it is crucial that a nursing home staff is attentive and aware of the potential hazards a patient might face. A poorly trained or negligent staff can unfortunately do more harm than good.
Mental illnesses or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, can lead to elderly individuals leaving the comfort and security of their health care facilities. It is nearly impossible to reason why they attempted to leave – perhaps they were reliving past memories or simply wanted to go home.
When an individual is taken into a nursing home, a thorough assessment must be completed that gauges the resident’s potential for self-harm and spells out any special instructions. If this individual has a propensity for wandering off, it must be addressed by the staff. We understand the frustration and anger that most of our clients feel. They have entrusted the medical care and attention of their elderly loved ones to nursing homes. Ultimately, the nursing home staff has betrayed that trust. Allow us to investigate the situation and advise you about your legal options for monetary compensation.
Contact The Firm
If you have a loved one who has been injured due to nursing home negligence, schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish. We will examine your situation and provide an honest case evaluation. Call us at (312) 782-1386 or contact us by completing our online form.