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What Catastrophic Injuries Can Happen When an Elder Falls?

 Posted on July 06, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-6.jpgWhen a young person falls, there is still a chance that they will be injured. A young person might break their wrist trying to brace, or sustain some bruising. When an elderly person falls, they are far more likely to suffer a serious or even catastrophic injury. Elders who are not being given the proper care and supervision they need in nursing homes are more likely to fall than those that are well cared for. If your elderly loved one has recently suffered a serious fall in a Chicago nursing home, it could be because they have been neglected by the staff. Sometimes this happens because nursing homes are severely understaffed. Other times it happens because the staff present has failed to take the proper precautions to prevent a patient from standing up on their own. In any event, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney about what rights your loved one has and whether they may be owed compensation. 

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How Understaffing Harms Nursing Home Residents

 Posted on June 29, 2023 in Neglect

Cook County Nursing Home Injury LawyerNursing homes often put profits over people. One way that they do this is by deliberately understaffing their facilities to save money on payrolls. Illinois has passed a law requiring certain staffing levels in nursing homes, but it is not yet effective. Understaffing can injure, or even kill, nursing home residents in a number of ways.

Residents Can Develop Infections

Nursing home staff perform a number of crucial functions that assist residents with activities of daily life. One key task is to change and toilet the residents when necessary. If a senior sits too long in unsanitary conditions, they may develop a urinary tract infection. Furthermore, staff must frequently change the resident’s position, so they do not develop pressure ulcers. Any minor infection can quickly become more serious without the proper care and supervision.

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Common Injuries in Nursing Homes

 Posted on June 21, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County Nursing Home Abuse LawyersWhen considering placing loved ones in a nursing home, it is important to think carefully and with concern. There are potential risks, including common injuries, that come with nursing home care. Knowing about these injuries and Chicago's regulations can help family members advocate for their loved ones' safety and wellbeing.

Common Injuries in Nursing Homes

Some of the most common injuries in nursing homes are:

1. Concussions

Concussions caused by slips and falls are common occurrences in nursing homes. Detecting the symptoms of a concussion can be challenging. They can be mistaken for medication side effects or dementia, which leads to confusion, headaches, dizziness and mood changes. This can make it hard to detect them early.

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UPDATE: Pressure Ulcers and Bed Sores May Be Signs of Abuse or Neglect

 Posted on June 15, 2023 in Bed Sores

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Update: As discussed below, bed sores can be very serious, and they often occur due to nursing home neglect. However, these injuries can vary in severity, and their effects can range from mild discomfort to serious bodily harm that affects a person's overall health and well-being. By understanding the different types of bed sores, family members of nursing home patients who have suffered these types of injuries can make sure their loved ones will receive the proper care. They can also take steps to determine who was responsible and make sure that issues related to neglect will be addressed correctly.Bed sores are generally classified into four stages of severity:

  • Stage 1: When bed sores first develop, they will usually involve some redness or discoloration, as well as sensations of pain or itchiness. To prevent sores from developing further, a patient should be moved regularly, which will relieve pressure on the affected area and ensure that blood can flow properly.

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Protecting The Vulnerable: Filing A Nursing Home Injury Claim for Physical Abuse

 Posted on June 05, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect LawyersNursing homes play an essential role for elderly and sick individuals. They should be places of safety and refuge. Sadly, physical abuse within nursing homes is not unheard of. When a vulnerable resident suffers harm due to physical abuse, the resident or the resident’s loved ones may be able to take legal action to protect their rights and seek justice. In this blog, we will explore the issue of physical abuse in nursing homes and explain how a lawyer can help a nursing home abuse victim seek justice and compensation.

Physical Abuse in a Nursing Home

There is no doubt that nursing home staff have a challenging job. Caring for individuals who suffer from severe physical health conditions or cognitive impairment can be exhausting. However, nursing home staff are legally and ethically obligated to treat nursing home residents with respect and compassion.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria “Superbugs” Threaten Lives of Nursing Home Residents

 Posted on May 30, 2023 in Neglect

Cook County, IL Nursing Home Neglect LawyersAntibiotics are supposed to kill bacteria. However, some bacteria survive antibiotics and begin to grow and multiply. Eventually, certain strains of bacteria become resistant to common antibiotics. Many experts blame the overuse of antibiotics for the rise in these so-called “superbugs.”

For vulnerable nursing home residents, superbugs are a potentially deadly threat. Nursing home staff must take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of bacteria in the facility and keep residents as safe as possible. Failure to maintain a clean, hygienic facility and use appropriate measures to prevent the spread of bacteria can lead to avoidable infections.

Nursing Homes Must Take Steps to Reduce Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Nursing homes have a legal duty to ensure a reasonably safe and hygienic facility. Residents in nursing homes are already vulnerable to infections due to compromised immune systems and other health problems. Not every infection can be prevented, but nursing home staff must take reasonable steps to reduce the chances of a patient being infected by bacteria and other pathogens.

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Choking: A Deadly Hazard for Nursing Home Residents

 Posted on May 17, 2023 in Neglect

Elmhurst Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers Assisting in Choking CasesFor most of us, eating is something that we do without giving it much thought. We may eat while watching TV, working, or even driving. However, the risk of choking while eating is always present, and this risk is especially severe for nursing home residents.

Residents in a nursing home are at an increased risk of injury or death caused by choking on food. Many residents are elderly and have reduced muscle mass which can make it difficult to swallow food. Others are on medication that causes dry mouth or other symptoms that make eating more challenging.

Nursing homes have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent residents from choking. If a nursing home resident is injured or killed due to a choking incident, the nursing home may be liable for damages in a nursing home injury or death claim.

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Neglect Can Lead to Preventable Fall Injuries and Deaths in Illinois Nursing Homes

 Posted on May 10, 2023 in Nursing Home Falls

Cook County Nursing Home Lawyer for Falls and InjuriesSlipping and falling is extremely dangerous for elderly people and those with significant health concerns. In 2020, 3 million older adults needed to visit the emergency room because of a fall accident. Fall accidents involving the elderly often lead to hip fractures and other broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spine injury, and other severe, life-threatening injuries. Falling is also the leading cause of injury death for individuals aged 65 and older. Consequently, preventing fall accidents is a crucial responsibility in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

If your loved one was seriously injured or passed away after falling in a nursing home, you may understandably be desperate for answers. Why did this happen? Is there anything the nursing home could have done to prevent this tragedy? What are my legal rights?

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What Rights Do Nursing Home Residents Have?

 Posted on May 03, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County Nursing Home Injury AttorneyWhen an individual suffers age-related cognitive decline or significant illness, he or she may require round-the-clock care in a nursing home. Living in a nursing home inevitably leads to a loss of independence. For example, an elderly person who has lost his eyesight may no longer have a valid driver’s license or be able to drive. An individual with advanced Alzheimer's disease may not be permitted to walk around the grounds of the nursing home facility alone because she could get lost.

However, nursing home residents still have important rights that are protected by state and federal law. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most important rights afforded to nursing home residents and what you can do if you believe that your loved one’s rights have been violated.

Rights Protected by the U.S. Constitution

Nursing home residents have all of the rights afforded to U.S. citizens. This includes the right to practice their chosen religion, the right to free speech, and the right to be free from discrimination. Nursing home facilities must provide equal access to care regardless of a nursing home resident’s medical condition, race, income level, or gender.

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Unpacking the Reasons Why Nursing Home Negligence Occurs

 Posted on April 28, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

b2ap3_thumbnail_cook-county-nursing-home-negligence-attorneys.jpgNursing home negligence is a serious and growing problem in the United States. Not only is this form of negligence shockingly cruel and despicable, such negligence can easily lead to life-threatening injuries and sometimes even death. Several factors contribute to nursing home negligence, which is essential to understand why this form of negligence is so prevalent. If your loved one has suffered from instances of neglect, contact a nursing home negligence attorney to ensure those responsible can be held accountable for their actions. 

Factors that Contribute to Nursing Home Negligence

One of the primary causes of nursing home negligence is understaffing. Many nursing homes are understaffed, meaning caregivers may be forced to work long hours and care for many residents. This can lead to burnout and fatigue, which can, in turn, result in mistakes, neglect, or abuse. In addition, understaffing can make it difficult for caregivers to provide individualized care to each resident, leading to a decline in the quality of care.

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