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People move to nursing homes because they can no longer take care of themselves. Moving a loved one into a nursing home is a very difficult decision for everyone involved. But families trust that the staff members at the facility will keep their loved one healthy and safe. The nursing home negligence attorneys at Deratany & Kosner know that sometimes things don’t go as planned, and residents are subject to neglect and abuse.

How does this happen? There are federal and state regulations all nursing homes must follow to protect residents. Even so, countless staff members over the years have been caught neglecting or abusing residents. And many seniors are still at risk of neglect and abuse in nursing homes. What goes wrong?

Here are a few factors that can lead to nursing home abuse and neglect:

Negligent hiring

Nursing homes have a responsibility to hire staff members who are qualified for their positions. This includes having the appropriate education and experience. It also includes making sure employees have no history of violence or abuse. When nursing homes don’t conduct the proper background checks, it could expose residents to abuse.

Inadequate staffing

When nursing homes don’t maintain recommended staffing levels, the quality of care of residents suffers. Neglect is more likely to occur and the health of residents is put at risk. Staff members are also more likely to be stressed, overworked and overwhelmed, increasing the possibility of abuse.

Poor training

Many nursing home residents have special needs. Proper training is vitally important to maintain a level of care in nursing homes. When staff members are not properly trained, they are more likely to make mistakes that can jeopardize the health of residents.

Third parties

In some cases, a third party may be responsible for the abuse of a nursing home resident. This can include another resident, the guest of a resident, or a contractor doing work at the facility. It is generally the responsibility of the nursing home to protect the safety of residents.

While these factors help explain nursing home abuse and neglect, they are not an excuse. Deratany & Kosner fights to hold nursing homes and staff members accountable.


Our attorneys have been fighting on behalf of nursing home residents in the Chicago area for more than 15 years. We are dedicated to protecting seniors and helping them recover damages. Our firm has the experience that gets results.

We know how to build cases that prove there was abuse or neglect by staff members. We examine every piece of evidence to build a strong case that nursing homes and insurance companies can’t ignore. Each case is different, but victims of nursing home abuse or neglect may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress and pain and suffering, as well as other damages.

Loved ones in nursing homes deserve to get the care they need while being treated with respect. Staff members who abuse or neglect residents need to be held accountable. And nursing homes need to be sent a strong message that such abuse and neglect will not be tolerated.

If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact Deratany & Kosner at 800-529-7285 to schedule a free case consultation with one of our attorneys.

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