Nursing Home Abuse Is Unacceptable
You place a loved one in an assisted living facility with the expectation that he or she will be well-cared for by a professional and qualified staff adhering to strict codes of conduct. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some nursing home residents are subject to physical and mental abuse by the staff or are neglected due to improper care.
Statistics on the dimensions of this problem in nursing homes are staggering. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly one in three U.S. nursing homes have been cited for violations of federal standards that had potential to cause harm or that had caused actual harm to a resident.
Wise Morrissey, LLC represents individuals and families in cases of negligence at Illinois nursing homes and assisted living care facilities. Our lawyers hold nursing homes to their duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent injury to patients and can demonstrate the reasonable care that could be expected in light of a patient’s physical or mental condition. We effectively document the known or foreseeable consequences of the patient’s impairment, including reasonable precautions the nursing home should have taken to protect patients.
How Was Your Family Member Injured?
The failure of nursing home staff to provide adequate medical care and supervision to patients can result in serious injury or death. The most common issues in nursing homes include:
- Patient falls
- Assault by other patients
- Assault by staff
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Wandering and elopement
The resulting physical trauma can be severe or fatal. Our ability to secure just compensation can help ensure more effective future care as well as compensate families for a family member’s injury or death.
An important part of what we do is help family members and other loved ones of an elderly person to be alert for signs of abuse. “Hard evidence” is not necessary to inform our lawyers that abuse potentially is occurring. In many situations, abuse can be subtle or happen gradually. However, we counsel clients that the more specific details they can provide, the clearer the picture of abuse can become. It can be a real challenge to respect an older adult’s right to autonomy while at the same time making sure he or she is properly cared for. Any family member’s concern that a relative’s safe care is compromised can be grounds for legal action, whether through appointing a legal guardian or pursuing litigation against a care facility.
You Can Take Action On Behalf Of Your Family Member
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