fighting against neglect and abuse in Illinois nursing homes

Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence

We trust nursing homes to care for our loved ones when they can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, some nursing home residents suffer at the hands of the people who are supposed to care for them or other residents. The abuse and neglect of seniors in nursing homes is never acceptable.

Common Results of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect:

  • Bedsores because of neglect
  • Sexual or physical assault of residents
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Emotional abuse
  • Failure to institute proper fall precautions
  • Improper use of restraints
  • Poor supervision

The stories families tell us about their loved ones and the abuse or neglect they have suffered motivate us to diligently work for justice to be served. They should care for the needs of residents and treat them with respect, but in too many cases, nursing home staff members neglect residents. That makes for a painful and unpleasant experience. Nursing home neglect can have very serious physical and emotional effects for residents. It can even lead to death.

Facts About Nursing Home Negligence

We take a hard line against neglect and abuse in Illinois nursing homes. Our legal team will thoroughly review the nursing home’s treatment of your loved one. We will check if staff members were properly trained and followed procedures. We will review medical records and other documentation as well as consult with expert gerontologists. We will also talk to witnesses who can provide information about the neglect. If we find evidence of negligence, we will take legal action to get better treatment for your loved one and to recover damages. Visit our results and verdicts page to learn more.

Elder Abuse: Up to 5 million older Americans are abused every year. The yearly loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion nationally. 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Only 1 in 24 cases of abuse are ever reported to the authorities. 2.3 of perpetrators are adult children or spouses. Sources: Get the fact on Elder Abuse, National Council on Aging, Feb 23, 2021. National Senior Citizens Day, National Today, 2021.
COMMON EXAMPLES OF NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT: Bedsores; Sexual or physical assaults of residents; Malnutrition and/or dehydration; Emotional abuse; Kidney failure; Injuries from falls; Improper use of restraints; Poor supervision.
Deratany & Kosner Elder Abuse Infographic: An estimated 1 in 10 older adults experience some form of abuse for every one reported case of elder abuse. 5 others go unreported in 90% of elder abuse and neglect incidents the perpetrator is a family member. Seniors who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death in 3 years compared to those who weren't. Every state in the us has passed anti-elder abuse laws. Sources: Associated Living Federation of America. "Elder Abuse Facts"; National Council on Aging. "FAQ's on Elder Abuse"; National Center on Elder Abuse. "Elder Abuse Prevalence and Incidence"; American Bar. "Adult Protective Services, Institutional Abuse and Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Laws: Citations, by State".
WHAT TO DO UPON DISCOVERING NURSING HOME ABUSE Speak Up! It is critical that if you or your loved one has been abused or neglected, that the abuse is reported immediately. You can report it both to Adult Protective Services (APS) and for urgent injuries, call 911. Seek Legal Support! It may be in your best interest to contact a lawyer to help clarify nursing home abuse laws and begin the journey of seeking justice for yourself or a loved one. Document the Evidence: In all cases making a list of the signs, photographing physical effects, noting the date and time of the occurrences, and keeping track of nursing care staff involved may be important in supporting your claim. Contact an experienced nursing home negligence attorney at Deratany & Kosner. Call Us Today! (312) 857-7285

How An Attorney Can Help

When we represent your loved one, we will find out what’s really happening. We have the experience and the resources you need to go up against nursing homes and insurance companies that deny there is a problem. If there is evidence of abuse or neglect, we will not rest until we find it. We’ll build a strong case in support of your loved one that can’t be denied by the nursing home or their insurance company.

Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation:

  • We’ll review medical records, staff member backgrounds and nursing home reports.
  • We’ll interview witnesses, including staff members, residents and family members.
  • We have a network of experts that we consult.

When we represent your loved one, we will fight to hold the nursing home accountable for what happened. We have the experience and the resources you need to go up against nursing homes and insurance companies that deny there is a problem.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, contact an experienced nursing home negligence attorney at Deratany & Kosner. Call 312-857-7285 to set up a free case consultation to discuss your legal options.

Learn more about your legal options on our nursing home negligence FAQ page.

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