Aggressive Lawyers for Patients Suffering Nursing Home Abuse in Oak Lawn, IL
Oak Lawn, Illinois is home to the Advocate Christ Medical Center, as well as a downtown area (95th Street between Tulley and 55th Court) that is currently undergoing massive redevelopment. Many Oak Lawn residents support elderly loved ones whose conditions require them to reside in nursing homes.
Few moments in life can be more distressing than the moment you realize that your loved one may be suffering abuse at the hands of the very institution that you entrusted with their care. Instead of allowing the anger, shock, and confusion to become overwhelming, it is best to let your anger empower you to seek legal counsel – and fight back.
Malman Law Makes It Happen
At Malman Law, our batting average in personal injury cases is about .950 – that is, 95 percent of our clients win their claims. That doesn’t mean 95 out of 100 clients – it is more like 14,250 out of 20,000 clients. When you add it all up, we have recovered over $200 million in personal injury compensation so far, including quite a few multi-million dollar settlements.
Your Claim Will Probably Be Resolved Out of Court
Historically, well over 90 percent of our winning clients have received private settlements, without ever having to step inside of a courtroom. We can make no guarantees, of course, since a lot depends on the stubbornness level of the opposing party. But we can tell you that our trial lawyers know how to win. So if it comes to a courtroom battle, we are ready.
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Steve and Kelly were great! The entire process moved much faster than we thought it would. We received a nice size settlement.
I would highly recommend Malman Law!
– Susan, January 16, 2015
Our Other Areas of Practice
Our attorneys can handle just about any type of personal injury claim, including:
- Vehicle accidents
- Worker’s Compensation
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death claims
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Does a nursing home abuse claim die if the victim dies of his injuries?
No, it simply changes form. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act allows the personal representative of the victim’s probate estate to file a wrongful death claim. Damages go to the surviving spouse and the next of kin, and they can be quite substantial.
2) Can I file a lawsuit against the nursing home if there was no written contract?
Perhaps. Normally, a nursing home abuse claim is based on personal injury or wrongful death law, not contract law. Therefore, no contractual relationship is required between the nursing home and the resident. Nevertheless, under certain circumstances it makes sense to pursue a contract claim, and for that a written agreement is usually necessary.
3) How can I discover if my loved one is not being properly medicated?
If you suspect medication abuse:
- Obtain a copy of the victim’s medical records. The victim has a right to these, as does anyone acting on his/her behalf.
- Take up the issue with the administrator of the nursing home.
- Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
A nursing home is not allowed to use “chemical restraints” by medicating a patient simply for the convenience of the staff.
4) What are the most common nursing home abuse claims?
Although there are many different kinds of nursing home abuse, the following types of claims come up over and over again:
- Negligent supervision
- Negligent care
- Assault and battery
- Negligent maintenance of nursing home facilities
- Negligent hiring of staff
5) What is the difference between abuse and neglect?
Put simply, abuse is active while neglect is passive. An example of abuse might be restraining the patient for convenience rather than medical need; while an example of neglect might be failing to change bedsheets for an extended length of time. Either type of claim is treated the same by courts.
Our Zero Fee Guarantee
Due to the infrequency with which our clients walk away empty-handed, we can afford to offer you our Zero Fee Guarantee – if you don’t win, our services will be free of charge. In fact, you will never owe us anything until the opposing party has actually paid the settlement or verdict you receive.
Time is of the Essence – Act Today and Call Our Caring Oak Lawn Attorneys
Acting on your claim as soon as you are aware you may have one will give you the best chance of securing maximum compensation. Call us today at (312) 629-0099 (toll-free at 1-888-625-6265), or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.