Nursing Home Negligence
According to recent estimates, more than half of all Americans will need nursing home care at some point in their lives. For many, their stay in a nursing home will be brief, but for others, it will be the last home they ever know. Similarly, some will choose the nursing home for themselves while others will have that decision made for them. Regardless of the circumstances, any person who lives or receives care in a nursing home, long-term health care facility, or assisted living center deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. They also deserve to receive quality care from trained professionals.
At Fotopoulos Law Office, we know that nursing home negligence and abuse are serious problems in centers across the country. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of abuse or negligence while living in a nursing home, our team is prepared to help you protect your rights.The Growing Problem of Nursing Home Negligence
Recent studies suggest that more than 40 percent of current nursing home residents have reported instances of abuse and nearly 95 percent have personally witnessed incidents of neglect. Over the last several decades, long-term care facilities—including nursing homes—have become increasingly driven by profits.
Nursing homes are often managed under much larger, corporate healthcare systems which has resulted in a shift in focus toward cutting expenses and reducing costs. Unfortunately, it is usually the patients who suffer as a result. Less available money generally means fewer staff members, as well as lower wages, inadequate training, and low morale for those who are hired. All of these factors contribute to the possibility of patient neglect and abuse.
At our firm, we handle all types of nursing home abuse and neglect injuries, including those resulting from:
- Decubitus ulcers, also called bed sores;
- Serious or repeated falls;
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Medication errors, including missed or mixed-up medications;
- Inadequate patient supervision;
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; and
- Premature or wrongful death.
At Fotopoulos Law Office, we understand how disturbing it is to learn that an elderly family member has been neglected or abused while living in a nursing home. We also know that some facilities will go to great lengths to keep you from figuring out what happened and why. Too often, nursing homes and their parent companies put their profitability and reputation above the health and quality of life of their patients. Such behavior should not be tolerated.
Attorney John S. Fotopoulos is a thorough, knowledgeable, and skilled legal professional with more than 18 years of experience, including service as a Circuit Court judge in Cook County. He and his team will investigate the circumstances of your claim to find any and all information that could be used in building your case. Our team is dedicated to finding the truth, and we will work hard to get you or your loved one full compensation under the law. We have helped many clients secure favorable settlements and verdicts, and we are ready to put our skills to work for you.Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you suspect that an elderly family member has been neglected or abused while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact our office. Call 708-942-8400 for a free consultation and case evaluation with a skilled member of our team. We serve clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Joliet, Mokena, and throughout Cook County and Will County.