Nursing homes are required by law to maintain adequate staff in order to meet their residents’ needs. Residents and their families pay good money to receive professional and attentive care, and regardless of whether residents are largely self-sufficient or require constant attention, nursing homes must be adequately staffed to protect them from harm.
If you would expect most nursing homes to hire the employees they need in order to care for their residents, you are not alone. Among the millions of residents and family members who have chosen nursing home care, few would say that they did not expect their nursing home to be staffed to meet their needs. Unfortunately, inadequate staffing is a major problem in nursing homes in Illinois and throughout the country, with staffing deficiencies leading to countless avoidable injuries, illnesses, and deaths every year.
Warning Signs of Inadequate Staffing in a Nursing Home
As a resident or family member, it can be difficult to know for certain whether a nursing home is understaffed. Staffing requirements will vary from one home to the next, and particularly-experienced nurses in some facilities may compensate for a smaller number of employees. At Malman Law, we are experienced in evaluating nursing homes, and our in-house Registered Nurse brings decades of experience in nursing home care to our established legal team.
Based on our experience, some of the potential warning signs of inadequate staffing in a nursing home are:
- Absence of staff members at the front desk and in the halls
- Family members’ inability to find someone to talk to
- Missed meals and medications
- Poorly-maintained common areas
- Residents’ calls going unanswered
- Use of physical and chemical restraints
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is not receiving adequate care, we encourage you to contact us so that we can review your case. If we believe that your nursing home is understaffed, we will take swift and aggressive action to protect your legal rights. We have represented thousands of clients throughout the greater Chicago area, and we can make sure that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Common Injuries and Illnesses Resulting from Inadequate Staffing
When nursing homes fail to maintain adequate numbers of experienced staff members, the consequences can be devastating. Inadequate staffing puts nursing home patients at risk for injuries, illnesses, and other dangerous conditions that are avoidable with adequate care. These can include:
- Clogged breathing tubes
- Conditions related to unsanitary living conditions
- Injuries from falls
- Malnutrition and dehydration
Residents who feel abandoned can experience severe psychological trauma as well. In addition, residents who are left alone due to inadequate staffing may be more susceptible to physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse.
What to Do if You Suspect Your Nursing Home is Understaffed
If you suspect that your or a loved one’s nursing home is understaffed, it is important to seek help right away. Inadequate staffing isn’t a problem that typically goes away, and the longer you wait, the longer you or your loved one will have to suffer with substandard care. When you contact Malman Law, we will quickly take action to assess your situation and protect your legal rights.
About Our Zero Fee Guarantee
We know that many people are hesitant to hire a lawyer because they are concerned about the cost. At Malman Law, we do not believe that fees should stand in the way of getting the help you need for you and your family. This is why we offer all clients our Zero Fee Guarantee.
With our Zero Fee Guarantee, our clients only pay us fees if we help them secure a settlement or court award for their losses. This means (i) we cover all of the expenses of pursuing your claim, and (ii) we never ask for legal fees while your case is pending. If we help you secure financial compensation – and we have a 95 percent success rate – then we receive a percentage of your award. But, that is only after you have a check in hand.
Contact Malman Law about Your Chicago Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse Claim
To find out if you have a claim, we encourage you to contact our offices to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We will handle your claim from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with your nursing home or the insurance companies. For more information about how we can help, please call (888) 562-0928 or request to speak with an attorney online today.