Chicago, IL Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawyers
At Malman Law, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of mistreatment in nursing homes. Sadly, many victims die as a result of their mistreatment, leaving sons, daughters, and other family members with an unfillable void. No one should ever lose their life as a result of negligence or abusive treatment in a nursing home. Yet, tragically, it happens across the country every single day.
Our attorneys and professional staff are passionate about helping families of wrongful death victims hold nursing homes accountable for their actions. When we take a case, we do whatever it takes to help family members obtain maximum compensation for their loss. If you have lost a loved one and believe that negligent or abusive treatment may be to blame, please contact us so that we can take the nursing home to task and win the compensation you deserve.
Leading Causes of Death in Nursing Homes
Studies have found that 20 to 25 percent of all deaths in the United States occur in nursing homes. While many of these deaths are purely attributable to old age and natural causes, a significant portion are attributable to improper and inattentive care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease as the leading causes of death among all individuals age 65 and over. However, in nursing homes, elderly residents often die prematurely from causes such as:
- Infections from untreated bedsores and other wounds
- Injuries suffered in falls
- Lack of oxygen due to clogged breathing tubes
- Serious complications resulting from medication errors
Oftentimes, residents suffer these conditions as a direct result of receiving inadequate or improper care. Whether resulting from a single event (such as a fall) or deficient care over an extended period of time (as with life-threatening bedsores), negligence on the part of nursing home staff members can easily lead to fatal medical conditions that – with proper care – should have easily been avoided.
In addition, even when the above conditions are not fatal, they often place elderly nursing home residents at a severely increased risk for contracting other life-threatening conditions and diseases. For example, malnutrition, severe injuries, and serious illnesses can all leave elderly individuals in a weakened physical and emotional state. This often leaves them susceptible to falling, being unable to fight off illnesses and infections, and ultimately losing the fight against otherwise treatable conditions.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Proving cause of death for nursing home residents typically requires an autopsy, and a thorough investigation into the individual’s living situation and treatment regimen at the time of death may be necessary as well. Upon losing a loved one, it can be difficult to accept that his or her death may be the result of someone else’s negligence or mistreatment. However, understanding what happened is critical to allowing yourself to move on.
In most cases, there is nothing that the victim’s family members could have done differently. Negligence and abuse can be difficult to uncover, and whether due to embarrassment, uncertainty, or simply not wanting to worry their loved ones, victims often fail to report problems when they occur. However, if you are now questioning the cause of your loved one’s death, possible indicators of negligent or abusive treatment may include:
- Anxiety, depression, and mood swings
- Failure to follow prescribed treatment plans or administer medications
- Infrequent visits from staff members
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other outside interests
- Unexplained physical injuries or weight loss
Get the Answers You Deserve
If nurses and administrators are unwilling to provide details on what happened to your loved one, this may be a warning sign as well. Ultimately, if you have any question as to the cause of your loved one’s death, you are entitled to answers. If you are finding answers hard to come by, this may suggest that you have a claim for compensation.
Our attorneys can help you get the answers you are looking for, and if it appears that you have a claim, we can help you hold your loved one’s nursing home responsible for just compensation.
Speak with a Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Lawyer at Malman Law Today
At Malman Law, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for victims of nursing home negligence and abuse, and we have a highly-experienced nurse on staff who assists with evaluating cases and building claims for maximum compensation. If you need legal help following the death of a loved one in a nursing home, call our Chicago law offices at (888) 625-6265 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.