Reliable Assisted Living Injury Lawyers in Chicago, IL
Assisted living residents deserve a safe living environment, and they are entitled to one under the law.
As a matter of fact, the facilities in Illinois are governed by the “Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act”. This law places specific obligations and limitations on their operation.
After all, assisted living facilities generate tremendous profits by promising to take care of the people we love — our parents, our grandparents, our dearest relatives. They provide not only housing but also medical care, and residents have a right to demand the highest standard of care in both those areas.
Sadly, injuries are all too common in these facilities throughout Chicagoland and all of Illinois. At Malman Law, we have worked with countless residents during the last twenty years, and we have seen first-hand the astounding instances of carelessness, abuse, and neglect that occur with some frequency in even the most highly regarded Illinois assisted living facilities.
These accidents almost always happen because of the facilities’ negligence. There is no excuse for that. The law demands care and responsibility on the part of these facilities and the professionals they employ. Our law firm will hold them to that standard.
If you or your family member has suffered injury or death in a facility in Illinois, our Chicago assisted living facility lawyers can help.
Common Injuries in Assisted Living Facilities
Because of the wide range of medical conditions that lead elderly Americans to assisted or skilled nursing facilities, we’ve seen a number of unusual and rare injuries arise among their residents over the years.
There are, however, specific injuries that stand out as especially common. These include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Hip injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Medication errors
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Bedsores (also known as pressure sores)
- Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Nursing home-acquired infections (similar to hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs)
- Clogged breathing tubes
- Bruising and laceration
Of course, these aren’t the only injuries in assisted living facilities. It is important to understand that no two accidents are just alike, and even if the nature of your injury is unusual, you may still be entitled to relief under the law.
Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities Are Responsible for Accidents Too
Many of the injuries sustained in these facilities look like accidents at first glance. Please know, though, that even when no one intended for an accident to happen, the facilities and their employees are often legally liable for the damages.
That’s because these institutions accept a very serious responsibility when they open their doors to Chicago’s sick and elderly, and the law expects them to do everything they can to keep those people healthy and secure.
In Illinois, assisted living facilities have a duty to monitor for dangerous conditions that might lead to an injury. They must also quickly and adequately respond to hazards or signs of distress as they arise.
Any instance of carelessness, irresponsibility, or inaction — as well as any pharmaceutical or medical mistake — may subject the facility and its professionals to substantial financial liability.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My loved one lives in an assisted living facility in Chicago. Can the facility be held liable for an accident?
These facilities in Chicago are governed by the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act. There are specific obligations and limitations on how the facility should be ran and maintained. This is important because when our loved ones are in a facility in Chicago, we want them to be safe and well cared for. With that being said, it’s unfortunate when accidents happen. It’s also unfortunate because many injuries sustained by residents of a facility look as if they are caused by an accident.
However, as stated earlier, assisted living facilities must meet certain standards. This means that even accidents may mean that the facility and specific employees involved may be legally liable. This is because facilities in Chicago have accepted a serious responsibility when they decided to open their doors to take care of others. If there is any instance of carelessness, irresponsibility, or inaction, the facility and employees may be responsible.
If your loved one is a resident in an assisted living facility in Chicago and was involved in an accident, you should contact Malman Law for a free case evaluation. Our team is passionate about protecting residents. Our evaluation team includes a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience. Call or contact us to schedule your free consultation.
What are the common types of abuse that occur in assisted living facilities?
When our loved ones become residents of an assisted nursing facility, we want nothing but the best for them. Yet, often when our loved ones are being abused, they may be hesitant to tell you what’s going on. The most common forms of abuse that occurs in assisted living facilities include:
- Physical abuse. If you notice bruises, cuts, broken bones, or other marks on your loved one, you should watch for signs of physical abuse. You may also hear rumors from other residents or their family members. Physical abuse includes the use of excessive restraints and stopping the resident from eating or drinking.
- Sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is defined as non-consensual sexual contact with an assisted living resident. Sexual harassment is another common form of abuse. Both may be caused by other residents or employees.
- Mental abuse. This can include harassment, bullying, degradation, and other forms of verbal abuse. The silent treatment or treating a resident as a child because an employee doesn’t like the choices that a resident makes may also be considered mental abuse.
- Neglect. Neglect can include many things such as malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, and poor living conditions for the residents.
If you believe that your loved one is being abused in a Chicago assisted living facility, contact Malman Law right away. We provide free initial consultations. Malman Law cares about the well-being of assisted living facilities. We have an RN on staff to help our attorneys evaluate these cases. Call to schedule your free initial consultation.
What are the signs of abuse in assisted living facilities?
Unfortunately, abuse happens more often than we’d all like to think. Over the last 20 years, we’ve witnessed some of the horrors associated with assisted living facilities. Abuse can happen even in the most respected Chicago facilities. Often, loved ones are ashamed of what’s happened to them and they may not want to step forward to tell you what’s going on. In some cases, residents never get the chance to tell someone what’s happening to them because they die from their injuries. This is why it is important for you to be able to recognize signs of abuse in assisted living facilities.
These signs include:
- Excessive medicating.
- Excessive use of restraints.
- A change in social behavior.
- Your loved one appears poorly kempt or their living conditions are unsanitary.
- Your loved one seems fearful or intimidated.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Quick deterioration of physical or mental health.
- Unexplained injuries.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in an assisted living facility, they are depending on you to help. In some instances, filing a complaint with the facility may stop it. However, residents who are abused should be protected and compensated for their suffering. After reporting the incident, you should get medical or psychiatric care for your loved one and then contact Malman Law to have the potential case evaluated. Call us right away to schedule your free consultation.
Talk with Our Chicago Assisted Living Facility Lawyers
If you or your relative has sustained injuries in assisted living facilities in Illinois, Malman Law can help. You can count on us to tirelessly pursue the largest amount of compensation available in your case. We will send a message to negligent facilities and take an aggressive stand for justice on your behalf.
We are proud to offer all of our clients a Zero Fee Guarantee, which means you will not be charged a single fee for our services unless (and until) we obtain financial compensation on your behalf.
We are passionate about the people we protect. That’s why we have taken the unusual step of hiring a full-time Registered Nurse as part of our evaluation team. With more than 30 years of experience in Chicagoland’s nursing homes, our nurse lends invaluable insight to our understanding of your experience and the relevant medical standards that might apply.
Please contact us at any time — day or night, 24/7 — to ask questions about your case. We’re happy to offer initial guidance at no cost whatsoever, even if you ultimately choose not to pursue your claim.
Call 888-625-6265 or complete our online consultation form to schedule a free meeting with our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers today.