Putting a loved one into a nursing home can be anxiety-provoking for anyone. You perform the research to find out everything you can about the care team at the nursing facility. Ultimately, you don’t know what is going on behind closed doors.
With nursing home regulations being violated on a regular basis, the person being cared for is not being treated properly. If you believe that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you need the diligence of the legal team at Malman Law. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will work tirelessly to find out what is taking place in your loved one’s care facility.
In 1987 Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act, which established the following rights for residents:
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (21 ILCS 45/) includes similar requirements as the federal act, including, but not limited to:
There are approximately 1,200 long-term care facilities in Illinois, serving more than 100,000 residents. These facilities are overseen by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Illinois Department of Public Health releases Quarterly Reports of Nursing Home violators. Depending on the violation, fines range from $2,200 to $25,000. According to the IDPH, there are approximately 6,000 complaints each year, and the most common penalty is a $10,000 fine.
The following are the categories of nursing home violations (most serious to mild):
Direct-care workers are specifically trained to care for the elderly. Any form of behavior that places a resident in harm’s way is unacceptable and punishable by law.
A nursing home abuse lawyer will know what questions to ask in order to conduct a thorough investigation to determine if your loved one was neglected or abused.
Each neglect or abuse case will have its own circumstances that often bring about devastating results. If your loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Malman Law to request your free case evaluation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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