Serious, Life-threatening Injuries
Serious life threatening injuries often befall elderly residents at US nursing homes. What can you and your Chicago, IL personal injury lawyer do to fight back, demand appropriate compensation, stop the abuse, and hold the negligent/abusive parties responsible?
Statistical analyses of data on senior injuries and mortality rates highlight some key dangers that American 65 and over face. These include:
- Falls and or fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Automobile accidents
- Accidents related to fire/smoke inhalation
- Complications of diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease
- Bedsores and other chronic injuries to soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, or bones
- Malnourishment / undernourishment
- Psychosomatic-driven negative health effects brought on by anxiety, depression, isolation, boredom, or a loss of social support and self-esteem.
How do you know when a nursing home or other care provider might be liable for an injury or serious medical complication in a senior?
The only way to determine the root cause is to complete a thorough and unbiased investigation.
Sometimes, a case may be cut and dry. For instance, let's say a senior fell out of bed after her guard rail broke, and she hurt her hip. Here, the nursing home's negligence (in failing to maintain the guard rail) would be a clear indirect cause of the injury.
But even when nursing home incompetence, abuse, or neglect cannot be quite so cleanly implicated, options to press charges may exist. For instance, an elderly resident's pneumonia might have been exacerbated by a nurse's failure to provide medication on schedule.
To make sense of your rights, call our office to connect with a top Chicago Illinois personal injury lawyer. We at Steven J. Malman & Associates have delivered for literally thousands of personal injury and workers comp clients since the mid 1990s, and we boast a reputation for strong ethics and client satisfaction.