Nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are serious wrongs that leave many people, especially the elderly, dead or seriously worse off.
Nursing homes have a professional and legal duty to provide patients an environment that is free from abuse and neglect. They are expected to use sound, generally accepted methods and to provide attentive care in looking after their elderly and disabled patients.
Nursing home residents have a corresponding right to care and treatment which is free from abuse or neglect, and which does not cause preventable deterioration in their condition.
Any failure to provide a professional level of care violates the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, and similar Federal statutes. It is a form of medical negligence, and the resident or a family member has a legal right to recover for the harms and losses caused by the nursing homes abuse or neglect.
If your family member has been neglected while a resident of a nursing home, contact our Chicago nursing home negligence lawyers. We will review your case for free and determine whether you or your family is eligible for financial compensation. If so, we will aggressively pursue damages from the parties liable for your loved one’s injuries and emotional distress. At McArdle Frost, we are dedicated to protecting the elderly from neglect and, abandonment and abuse.
Any refusal or failure by a healthcare provider to fulfill obligations owed to a patient can be considered neglect. Even if no active abuse occurs, the healthcare provider can be held liable for any injuries that result from failing to meet the needs of patients. Neglect can include a failure to provide the basic necessities, including food, water, shelter, clothing, hygiene, medicine, and general comfort.
If you believe that a loved one has been neglected by his or her health care providers, you should alert the management of the nursing home facility. Typical signs of neglect are dehydration, malnutrition, poor hygiene, untreated bed sores, unaddressed health complications, and unclean or unsafe living environments.
If you believe that a loved one is being neglected, contact our office in Chicago. Our nursing home negligence lawyers can review your case and recommend appropriate action.