Chicago, IL Nursing Home
Negligence & Abuse Attorneys
At Malman Law, we provide vigorous legal representation for victims of nursing home negligence and abuse in the Chicagoland area. We are passionate about fighting for our clients, and if you or a loved one has suffered an unexplained injury or illness in a nursing home, we want to help you stand up for yourself and enforce your legal rights.
We handle the following types of cases:
Bedsores are preventable injuries that can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, complications. Unfortunately, many nursing home employees are not properly trained to prevent, identify, and provide treatment for these dangerous conditions.
Falls and Fractures
Nursing homes owe a duty to ensure that their premises are safe, and to provide adequate supervision for their residents. Unfortunately, they often fail to meet these obligations. Falls and fractures in nursing homes are often grounds for seeking financial compensation.
Malnourishment is a dangerous health condition that can also put nursing home residents at greater risk for other illnesses and injuries. With proper care and supervision, nursing home residents should not suffer from malnutrition.
If your loved one died in a nursing home and you suspect fault on the part of the home’s staff or administrators, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. At Malman Law, we have experience pursuing wrongful death claims against nursing homes, and we can make sure your family receives the compensation it deserves.
Wrongful or Inappropriate Care
Any form of wrongful or inappropriate care that leads to illness or injury may be grounds for filing a lawsuit against a nursing home. Sometimes, this is your only option for getting the home’s attention and recovering the money you need to pay your bills and make up for your other losses.
Medication errors such as overdose, underdose, and confusing medications can lead to life-threatening situations. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a medication error in a nursing home, contact Malman Law now to discuss your claim for financial compensation.
Serious, Life-Threatening Injuries
Nearly half of all nursing home residents report being abused, and 95 percent report experiencing or witnessing neglect. Victims of serious, life-threatening injuries that are the result of nursing home neglect or abuse deserve to be compensated for their losses.
The elderly are more susceptible to sepsis than the general population, and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and kidney disease can put nursing home residents at increased risk for this dangerous condition. In a nursing home, fighting sepsis requires prompt attention from knowledgeable caregivers.
Inadequate supervision is one of the main reasons that nursing home residents suffer from choking incidents. With appropriate care, dangerous choking situations can – and should – be avoided.
Clogged Breathing Tubes
From surgical recovery to conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and ALS, there are a number of different reasons why elderly individuals may need to be intubated while under nursing home care. Nursing homes owe a duty to make sure that their residents do not suffer due to clogged breathing tubes.
Use of unreasonable restraints is among the most common forms of nursing home abuse in Illinois. The circumstances under which nursing home residents can be restrained are extremely limited, and those who are unlawfully restrained often suffer from traumatic physical and emotional injuries.
Nursing home residents who are victims of verbal belittling often suffer severe emotional and psychological trauma. No one deserves to be belittled, and nursing homes that abuse their residents need to be held accountable for their actions.
Victims of sexual harassment are often hesitant to come forward. They may be uncomfortable talking about what happened, or, in some cases, they may be unsure of whether they have been abused. If you suspect sexual harassment in a nursing home, you need to take action right away.
Financial exploitation is by far the most common form of elder abuse. Theft, undue influence, and forgery are all common methods for nursing home staff members to illegally take advantage of ailing residents.
Emotional Trauma (Depression/Anxiety)
Nursing home residents experience emotional trauma at disproportionately high rates. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression or anxiety in a nursing home, it is important that you seek both medical attention and experienced legal representation.
One of the very serious problems in nursing homes today is the lack of staff members to care for the residents. While there are laws in place that requires adequate staffing, many nursing homes try to cut corners by not hiring enough caretakers for their residents. This results in lack of care and many elderly people suffer due to inadequate staffing. At Malman Law, we take this problem very seriously.
Staff Administration Failure
For the elderly, even simple mistakes in their care can lead to life-threatening consequences. Staff administration failures such as failure to provide adequate food, water, or medications – and even errors as simple as failing to fix a bed rail – can all be grounds for victims and their families to seek just compensation.
Speak with a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Chicago, IL Today
No one deserves to become a victim of neglect or abuse. To find out if you have a claim for compensation against a nursing home and to learn more about what our experienced attorneys can do for you, please call (888) 305-5043 or request a consultation online today. Your consultation is free and confidential, and our zero fee guarantee means that you don’t pay anything unless we secure compensation for your losses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I overheard a nursing home employee calling my loved one names. They apologized, but I think it’s happening all the time. Is this an incident of nursing home neglect or abuse?
Nursing home neglect and abuse in Chicago is a real concern. Nursing home residents who are recipients of that sort of behavior often suffer emotional and psychological distress. When this deplorable behavior occurs, you may have a cause of action for a nursing home abuse lawsuit. Keep in mind that it’s possible that your loved one may not feel comfortable talking to you about what you overheard or whether it is something that is happening on a regular basis. Warning signs of verbal and emotional abuse in a nursing home include:
- Roughhousing environment among the staff. Residents also may be disorderly. You may notice a lot of yelling.
- Rumors from the residents and their family members about abuse.
- Detailed complaints from other residents or their family members.
- Nursing home employees who use pranks or hurtful jokes in order to embarrass residents.
- Facilities that are not being appropriately maintained.
If you believe that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Chicago, call Malman Law to schedule a free consultation. We will provide compassionate and experienced evaluation of the claims.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect in Chicago?
Nursing home abuse and neglect in Chicago should not be tolerated. Nursing homes should be a place of safety and rest for our loved ones. It’s important to note that just like in other forms of abuse, your loved one or the caretakers may make excuses on how injuries occurred. Sadly, statistics reveal that 44 percent of nursing home residents have been abused at some point. Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include:
- Your loved one doesn’t want to be left alone with a specific nursing home employee.
- Changes in the mental status of your loved one. This can include depression and anxiety. Your loved one may also stop eating.
- Your loved one doesn’t appear to be clean. There is a marked difference in their physical appearance from before they entered the nursing home and after.
- Your loved one has unexplained weight loss.
- Your loved one refuses to eat or to take their medication.
- Your loved one stops speaking.
- Your loved one wants to be left alone all of the time.
- Your loved one begins to experience emotional outbursts.
- Your loved one shows signs of dehydration.
- Your loved one has bed sores.
- You notice bruises, cuts, welts, or broken bones.
It is also important to keep in mind that sometimes these signs don’t indicate nursing home neglect or abuse, but they are signs of other problems. For instance, dehydration, bedsores, and unexplained weight loss are also symptoms associated with diabetes. However, it is important to look at these signs to determine the type of help that your loved one needs.
If you believe that your loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect or abuse in Chicago, call Malman Law right away to schedule a free initial and confidential consultation.
What are the most common forms of nursing home abuse or neglect in Chicago?
Common forms of nursing home abuse and neglect in Chicago include:
- Bedsores. Bedsores are preventable injuries. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not properly train their employees on bedsore prevention and treatment. This is dangerous because bedsores can be fatal.
- Falls and fractures. Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide adequate supervision of the residents and to keep the nursing home safe to prevent injuries.
- Malnutrition. Nursing homes should provide proper care and supervision to residents to guard against malnutrition. Malnutrition is extremely dangerous for elderly residents.
- Wrongful death. If a nursing home was negligent and a resident dies because of it, you may have a claim for wrongful death.
- Choking. Choking is a serious risk. Nursing homes have a duty to provide adequate supervision to prevent such incidences.
- Clogged breathing tubes. Residents with breathing tubes need special care. Nursing homes have a duty to make sure that their residents do not suffer because of a clogged breathing tube.
- Emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is an extremely serious matter. Signs may include not wanting to be alone with a caretaker, crying, and depression.
- Sexual harassment. Often, nursing home residents are embarrassed and may not openly discuss that they are being harassed sexually by other residents or even by staff.
- Financial exploitation. This is the most common form of abuse found in nursing homes. Theft, undue influence, and forgery are all common methods used in financial exploitation.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered because of nursing home abuse or neglect in Chicago, call Malman Law right away. We believe that nursing home abuse or neglect should not be tolerated.