Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers

Helping Protect Your Loved Ones from Abuse

Despite the duty that nursing homes have to provide their residents with the care they need and treat them with dignity and respect, about 44% of people living in these facilities who were questioned admit to having been abused and an astounding 95 % say they have been neglected or seen another resident suffer from neglect. If your loved one has suffered at the hands of nursing home staff members, Martay Law Office would like to help you hold the negligent or abusive caregivers and the facilities they work for accountable.

The mistreatment of nursing home residents should never be tolerated. Let us help you stand up for your loved one’s rights. Call us at 312-372-9022 for a free consultation. 

What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect is the failure of a residential nursing facility, its service providers, or employees to provide for the basic needs of residents. This can include withholding medical treatment, services, or assistance. It can mean failing to provide adequate water, food, or medications. Or it can be in the form of social or emotional neglect.

Many types of mistreatment happen in nursing homes throughout Illinois every day. These failures cause residents to suffer physical harm, emotional trauma, and mental anguish. Neglect causes medical conditions like bedsores and dehydration. It contributes to the progression or worsening of existing ailments. And it shortens the lifespan of our most vulnerable citizens. For nursing home residents who are living with neglect and abuse, their last days can seem like torture.

Examples of neglect in nursing home facilities include:

  • Failing to provide a clean, comfortable, and safe environment
  • Failing to document  or address a resident’s medical, emotional, dietary, or behavioral needs
  • Not providing supervision, special equipment, or assistance to residents who need help walking, eating and drinking, or bathing
  • Leaving residents alone and ignoring their cries for help
  • Failing to alert doctors when medical, mental, or psychosocial conditions change or the need for medical intervention arises
  • Failing to treat bedsores, infections, and pain

Identifying the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

The warning signs of neglect may not be as easy to identify as abuse because the symptoms are not always obvious. However, there are characteristics people can watch out for to help them determine whether their loved ones are suffering.

  • Changes in appearance and personal hygiene
  • Malnutrition, dehydration, or sudden weight loss
  • Frequent falls
  • Soiled bedding or clothing
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional changes, angry outbursts, depression
  • Bedsores
  • Worsening medical conditions

There may also be environmental hazards that might indicate that your loved one is suffering from neglect. Dirty, cluttered, or poorly maintained facilities, bad lighting, slippery floors, broken equipment, and unsafe furniture are all signs of neglect.

Is Your Loved One Safe?

Although neglect is the most common form of abuse in nursing home facilities in the U.S., other forms of abuse are almost as common and some may be even more deadly. These include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Physical abuse
  • Exploitation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Standing Up to Negligent Nursing Homes

Reporting nursing home neglect can make the difference between life and death for your loved one and other people living in the facility. Unfortunately, studies suggest that hundreds of thousands of cases go unreported each year. When people fail to take a stand against nursing home maltreatment, eldery and disabled victims are forced to suffer in silence.

If you suspect your loved one to be suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, call Martay Law Office right away We’ll help you report the situation to authorities if you haven’t done so already, and we’ll make sure nursing home owners and healthcare professionals are made to pay for the pain they’ve caused.