Reputable Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Serving Clients and Families in Waukegan, IL
Waukegan, Illinois, situated in Lake County on the shores of Lake Michigan, has much to offer residents and visitors alike, from the Scoop Unplugged summer cruising festival to exciting evenings at the Genesee Theatre. Life is not so easy, however, for at least some of the city’s nursing home residents, or for families with loved ones residing in out-of-town nursing homes.
Although a majority of nursing homes are competent and caring, the cold fact is that about 30 percent of the nation’s nursing homes have been cited for serious instances of abuse at some point or another. Sometimes this is the result of greedy, profit-driven nursing home administrators, and sometimes it is the result of one rogue employee. Either way it is horrifying.
The Numbers Speak Volumes
At Malman Law, we understand that you pay for victory, not smooth talk – and victory means cash in the bank. Accordingly, we have won 95 percent of our clients’ cases, and 95 percent of our victorious clients have walked away with private settlements rather than courtroom verdicts. It all adds up to over $200 million collected for over 20,000 clients over the past 25 years or so.
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) How can understaffing result in nursing home abuse?
Understaffing can result in a myriad of problems. Most, but not all, of these problems are related to nursing home neglect rather than active abuse. For-profit nursing homes are most likely to be understaffed due to a desire to maximize profits.
2) What kinds of conduct can constitute nursing home abuse?
Abuse comes in many different varieties:
- Physical abuse such as assault or improper use of restraints
- Psychological abuse such as threats, humiliation, and verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Neglect (failing to perform any duty required to properly care for the resident)
3) How common is nursing home abuse?
The problem is worse than any of us would like to acknowledge. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 50 percent of all nursing home residents say they have been abused at one point or another. And 19 out of 20 say they have either been victims of neglect or have seen another nursing home resident suffer neglect.
4) What types of damages are available in a wrongful death lawsuit?
The following types of damages are commonly awarded, depending on the facts of each individual case:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering for the victim’s final illness or condition
- Psychological suffering by the victim’s loved ones
Damages go to the spouse, next of kin, and the victim’s estate.
5) Can a nursing home evict a resident?
Yes, but only under the following conditions:
- Failure to pay rent
- Danger to other residents
- Medical needs that the nursing home is unable to meet
- Sufficient improvement in the resident’s medical condition
A nursing home cannot arbitrarily evict a resident or seize upon a minor indiscretion as an excuse to evict.
You’re Never Too Poor to Afford Us
At Malman Law, we charge no upfront fees – nothing comes due until the opposing party actually pays and the money arrives. And if the money never arrives, your bill from us will never arrive either. We only win if you do too – that’s our Zero Fee guarantee. It is the quality of your claim that matters to us, not the size of your wallet.
Don’t Let Them Get Away With It; Aggressive Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Are Here To Help in Waukegan
You are always better off pursuing your claim as soon as you realize you might have one, rather than waiting until later. Be mindful that evidence tends to deteriorate over time, and the statute of limitations deadline is always looming. Call us today at (312) 629-0099 (toll-free at 1-888-625-6265), or fill out our online contact form for a free initial consultation.