Caring Attorneys Helping Nursing Home Abuse Victims in Addison
The Village of Addison sits next to Salt Creek in DuPage County, Illinois. Its residents include over 3,000 senior citizens, and quite a number of these elders reside in local or nearby nursing homes. It is always heartbreaking to realize that your loved one may be suffering abuse at the hands of those to whom you have entrusted their welfare.
The priorities in a typical nursing home abuse case are
(i) confirming that abuse has actually occurred
(ii) making sure any abuse is halted immediately
(iii) gathering evidence to support a civil claim against the nursing home
(iii) opening settlement negotiations
(iv) filing a lawsuit if the nursing home balks at settlement, and
(v) proceeding to trial (a last resort if the nursing home refuses to settle)
We Have the Legal Muscle to Back Up Your Claim
Once you graduate law school and pass the bar exam, it’s easy to become a personal injury lawyer – just rent an office and hang up a shingle. Likewise, it’s easy for a lawyer practicing in another field of law – Mergers and Acquisitions, for example, to “dabble” in personal injury law. When your loved one’s well-being is at stake, however, you can’t afford to take a chance on such lawyers.
At Malman Law, obtaining justice for injured victims is not just a job, it’s our mission. Over the decades we have obtained compensation for over 20,000 clients, adding up to over $200 million in verdicts and settlements. Well over 90 percent of these awards have been private settlements, not trial verdicts. What does that mean to you? It means that you will likely never have to step into a courtroom.
“If anyone has a problem and is in need of help call Malman Law. At Malman Law you are not just a client, you are part of the family.” – Donyell G.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our attorneys can handle just about any type of personal injury claim, including:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Are punitive damages available for nursing home abuse claims?
Although Illinois does allow punitive damages, they are available only for outrageous conduct. Even then, the amount is limited to costs and attorney’s fees. Moreover, punitive damages are not available in wrongful death nursing home abuse cases. Nevertheless – you may still be eligible for ordinary compensatory damages.
2) What is nursing home neglect?
Nursing home abuse is active and intentional abuse. Nursing home neglect is a negligent or careless failure to properly care for your loved one, resulting in:
- Inadequate nutrition
- Inadequate shelter
- Inadequate clothing
- Inadequate supervision/security
- Inadequate medical care
The distinction between abuse and neglect is not sharp – and either way, your loved one is entitled to damages.
3) Is there any way I can look up the rating of my loved one’s nursing home?
If your loved one’s nursing home accepts Medicare/Medicaid (most nursing homes do), you can look up its rating on the Medicare website by name. You can also look up the ratings of nearby nursing homes that might be superior.
4) What are my legal options if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
You have four main option to choose from, depending on the circumstances. .
- file an administrative complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- open settlement negotiations with the nursing home
- file a civil lawsuit against the nursing home
- pursue criminal charges with the local prosecutor
You can pursue more than one of these options at the same time if circumstances allow.
You Don’t Pay Us Unless You Win
95 percent of our clients go home with compensation in their pocket. Because our batting average is so high, we can afford to offer you this guarantee – in the unlikely event that you go home empty-handed – you will not receive a bill from us. We only accept fees from clients whose cases we win, and even then your bill will not come due until your money arrives.
Call the Understanding Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers of Addison — Because Immediate Action Can Make Things Happen
If your loved one is suffering nursing home abuse, you need to take a resolute stand, and you’re going to need some professional assistance. If your loved one resides in Addison or elsewhere in the Greater Chicago area, pick up the phone and call us at (312) 629-0099 (toll-free at 1-888-625-6265). You may also fill out our online contact form so that we can contact you for a free initial case evaluation.