Throughout McHenry County, Illinois there are many nursing homes that provide excellent care. Unfortunately, there are times when the standard of care falls below an acceptable level. Family members often discover that their loved ones are subject to nursing home neglect or abuse. The nursing home attorneys at the Taradash Law Firm offer legal protection and support to victims and their families.
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According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, one out of every three nursing home residents complains of neglect and abuse. The report estimates that this number is much lower than the actual occurrences because of the way that states detect and investigate mistreatment. For example, in Illinois, persons providing professional services are only required to report abuse if elders are unable to report the abuse themselves. Indications of nursing home abuse and neglect include the following:
- Wounds or bed sores
- Rapid weight fluctuations
- Unexplained medication changes
- Hygiene issues
- Evidence of unreasonable restraint
A family member who notices any of these warning signs should contact a nursing home attorney who can help make sure your relative is safe and who can offer legal advice on the best way to proceed
Federal law requires nursing homes to employ adequate nursing staff, provide regular physician care, offer the services necessary for residents to perform daily activities, and safeguard residents from medication errors. Institutions must also provide hygienic care and proper nourishment, or they may be held liable for negligence and injuries.
Victims or family members must establish negligence before the institution can be held responsible. Therefore, it is important to find a lawyer experienced in filing lawsuits against nursing homes to handle the case and ensure that proper legal actions are taken. Compensation for abuse and neglect may include reimbursement for medical care expenses and treatment, as well as pain and suffering.
Family members and victims of nursing home negligence can schedule a consultation with one of our McHenry lawyers. Contact our office at (815) 385-1177 today to learn how our injury lawyers can help you.