Nursing Home Neglect
In recent years, the rate of nursing home negligence cases has increased dramatically. While these facilities have a legal duty to care for residents, too often, a nursing home’s management team is more concerned with its bottom line than with resident safety. The result is that as many as 90 percent of nursing home residents report being neglected at some point. At the Fotopoulos Law Office, we proudly represent nursing home residents and their family members in personal injury can wrongful death cases stemming from nursing home neglect.What Constitutes Nursing Home Negligence?
Under state law, a nursing home assumes a legal duty to a resident by accepting the resident into its care. This duty not only requires the facility to provide a safe living space but also that staff members care for residents’ basic needs. For example, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities must perform all of the following:
- Assist residents with their daily hygiene;
- Rotate residents to avoid bedsores from developing;
- Help residents to safely move throughout the facility;
- Transport residents to doctor appointments;
- Feed residents a nutritious diet;
- Provide residents with the necessary medical care;
- Administer any prescribed or over-the-counter medications a resident’s needs;
- Protect residents from physical assault, including from other residents.
If a nursing home fails to address any of these needs, the facility is not living up to the duties it owes a resident and may be liable through a nursing home negligence lawsuit.What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect?
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence can be hard to detect. For one, staff members usually take care to make it appear as though nothing is wrong when a resident’s loved ones visit the facility. Second, nursing home residents are a vulnerable population. Thus, many residents are unable to communicate that they are experiencing neglect. The result is that families are often left guessing about the quality of care being provided to their loved ones.
However, it is essential that families who have a loved one in an Illinois nursing home familiarize themselves with the signs of nursing home neglect. If you notice your loved one experiencing any of the following, it may be a sign that they are not being properly care for:
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers;
- Cracked lips or complaints of dehydration;
- Falls resulting in an injury;
- Frequent trips to the hospital or urgent care clinic;
- Inadequate staffing;
- Overmedicated patients;
- Rapid weight loss or other signs of malnutrition;
- Signs of sexual abuse, including STDs;
- Staff refusing or delaying visits by family to see resident;
- Sudden changes in a resident’s behavior or personality;
- Unexplained injuries;
- Unsanitary conditions;
- Visibly frustrated staff members; and
- Immediate unexplained death.
Additionally, it is essential to take any claim of abuse or neglect from your loved one seriously. The statistics on nursing home abuse and neglect are clear, and it happens much more than most people realize.Bringing a Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
Residents and their family members can pursue financial compensation from a negligent nursing home by filing a personal injury claim against the facility. However, these claims are complex and, very often, hotly contested. An experienced Orland Park nursing home neglect lawyer can advise residents and their loved ones about their rights and how to effectively pursue them.Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Case with the Fotopoulos Law Office
If you are worried about a family member in an Illinois nursing home, it is important you take immediate action by arranging for their removal and contacting a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer. At the Fotopoulos Law Office, we have more than two decades of experience helping families hold negligent nursing homes accountable for their failure to deliver on the promises they made to residents. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an Illinois nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer, reach out to the Fotopoulos Law Office at 708-942-8400. You can also reach us through our online contact form.