Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Claims in Chicago
Fighting for the Rights of the Elderly in Illinois
Do you suspect you or your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect while in the care of a nursing home? The legal team at Ferrell Young, LLC is here to help you determine if you or your loved one has a claim for compensation. Our team of Chicago attorneys is dedicated to resolving nursing home abuse and neglect claims throughout Illinois.
Contact Ferrell Young, LLC today for a free consultation. Se habla Español.
Types of Elder Abuse & Neglect
Abuse and neglect can take many forms, but some of the most common types of injuries abused nursing home residents suffer from are:
- Broken bones
- Infections and sepsis
- Medication errors
- Wrongful death
If you believe your elderly loved one has been injured or killed due to another party’s negligence, it is imperative you reach out to an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney in your area to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be able to file a claim for damages if you or your loved one have suffered due to nursing home abuse.
What Is Elder Abuse?
According to the State of Illinois, “Elder abuse is any knowing, intended, or careless act that causes harm or serious risk of harm to an older person— physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially.”
Elder abuse often occurs in nursing homes and may fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal abuse
How Common is Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect?
Sadly, nursing home neglect and abuse is a major problem in the United States. Whether intentional or not, neglecting or abusing a person in elder care can have major effects on the victim’s health and wellbeing.
According to Nursing Home Abuse Justice:
- Up to 1 in 3 elderly people in the United States have been victims of nursing home abuse
- Surveys show that 2 in 3 nursing home staff members claimed they had abused or neglected residents
- As many as 85% of assisted living facilities reported at least one case of abuse or neglect in 2012
- An estimated 97% of nursing home abuse cases across five U.S. states were not reported to local law enforcement as required in the year 2019
What makes these numbers even more shocking is that countless cases of nursing home abuse and neglect go unreported. Victims of abuse may be too scared or embarrassed to admit that they are victims; in some cases, victims aren’t even aware they are being abused due to diminishing cognitive abilities and other factors. Therefore, it is estimated by experts that there are far more cases of neglect and abuse that are never reported to the proper authorities.
How to Select the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One
One of the best ways to protect your loved one from the threat of nursing home abuse is to select a facility that is known for providing reliable, honest nursing care for its residents. It can feel overwhelming with so much on the line, but there are a few key factors to look for when choosing a nursing home for your elderly parent or family member.
When selecting a nursing home, it is best to do the following:
- Ask whether or not the nursing home has insurance
- Check the cleanliness and sanitization levels of the property
- Check the nursing home’s star review rating and patient reviews online
- Check the ratio of staff to residents as well as the general condition of the facility
- Keep an eye out for arbitration clauses that limit the facility’s liability
- Meet the nurses, assistants, and staff and tour the premises in person
- Observe the interactions between staff members and residents
Despite people’s best efforts, nursing home abuse can and does still occur. Mistreatment in a nursing home can take the form of physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse—and the results can be devastating.
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of a nursing home or facility staff member, reach out to one of our nursing home abuse attorneys right away. Our team can help you fight for the justice and recovery you deserve.
Call us at (312) 698-9089 or send us a message online to schedule a free initial case evaluation with our team. We look forward to helping you! Se habla Español.