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Heat-Related Dangers in Illinois Nursing Homes

 Posted on April 24, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County Nursing Home Injury Lawyer for Heat Stroke Negligence in a Nursing HomeChicago is called the Windy City, but it is also known for having surprisingly warm summer weather. As summer approaches, nursing homes must be vigilant for signs of heat-related illnesses and other summertime dangers. Elderly people are more sensitive to higher temperatures and can suffer heat related-illness much more easily than a younger person would.

Many nursing home residents also have medical conditions or take medications that can make it harder for their bodies to cope with higher temperatures. It is imperative that nursing home staff be aware of the dangers associated with rising temperatures, the signs of heat-related conditions such as heat stroke, and take precautions to prevent wandering and elopement.

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Catastrophic Injuries Can Occur from Lack of Supervision

 Posted on April 14, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Chicago, IL Nursing Injury and Abuse LawyersOne of the primary responsibilities of any nursing home is to supervise nursing home residents and ensure their safety. Most nursing home residents have one, if not more, significant medical concerns. They may suffer from cognitive decline that makes them at risk for wandering or elopement from the facility, physical conditions that require round-the-clock care, or medical issues that increase the chances of falling or other accidents.

Unfortunately, understaffing is a frequent problem in nursing homes, and when there are not enough staff to provide adequate supervision, catastrophic injuries can occur. Residents may wander off the premises of the facility and sustain serious bodily harm or even death. They may fall without anyone noticing until it is too late, leading to a traumatic brain injury. Without appropriate observation, residents may suffer from malnutrition or dehydration. In extreme cases, unsupervised residents may even suffer physical and sexual abuse at the hands of staff or other residents.

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Claims for Failure to Provide Appropriate Medical Care

 Posted on April 07, 2023 in Neglect

Chicago IL, Nursing Home Injury LawyersNursing homes help residents with everyday needs like bathing and eating. However, nursing home staff are also expected to provide medical care, if needed. When they fail to provide appropriate medical care, or when there is a delay in providing such care, the resident or the resident's surviving family may be able to file a claim against the facility and recover compensation for damages. A successful claim requires evidence that the nursing home staff failed in their duty of care towards the resident and that this failure caused an injury or illness.

When is a Nursing Home Required to Provide Medical Treatment?

Nursing home staff are primarily responsible for routine medical needs such as administering medication and helping with daily living tasks. If a resident requires immediate emergency medical care or has medical needs above and beyond the facility's capabilities, the nursing home must secure the appropriate treatment for the resident. This may require ambulance transportation to a hospital.

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Fatal Breathing Tube Mistakes and Nursing Home Negligence

 Posted on March 30, 2023 in Neglect

Chicago IL, Nursing Home Breathing Tube Injury AttorneyMost would agree that nursing home staff and medical professionals have extremely demanding jobs - especially in today's world, where the elderly population is growing and nursing home facilities are chronically understaffed. Nursing home workers must always be mindful of the needs and safety of their patients because when an error or omission occurs during their care, it can have devastating consequences.

Although most can sympathize with the difficulty facing nursing home staff, this is not an excuse for substandard care or neglect. When a nursing home mistake or oversight involving a breathing tube leads to a resident's death, the nursing home may be liable for damages.

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Chemical Restraint of a Nursing Home Resident Can Lead to Avoidable Injury or Death

 Posted on March 22, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County, IL Chemical Restraint Injury AttorneyIn a previous blog, we discussed when nursing home staff may use physical restraints on a resident. According to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, physical restraints must be a last resort solution for residents who are at risk of hurting themselves or others. The restraints must be the least restrictive form of confinement possible, and the facility must get consent from the resident or the resident’s guardian before using restraints.

Chemical restraints are drugs used to sedate residents. Although it is disturbingly common, the use of chemical restraints on nursing home residents is extremely dangerous.

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Who is Liable if a Nursing Home Resident is Injured by Another Resident?

 Posted on March 14, 2023 in Neglect

Cook County Nursing Home Injury AttorneyMany people are surprised to learn that one of the most pressing concerns in many nursing homes is the threat of resident-on-resident harm. Nursing home residents who are suffering from cognitive impairment or other illnesses may lash out at other residents. In some cases, altercations between nursing home residents leads to serious injuries.

Preventing Physical Confrontations Between Nursing Home Residents

Illnesses that affect a person’s perception of reality can make the person act in ways he or she never would otherwise. A sweet grandmother who never had a mean thing to say may develop Alzheimer’s disease and turn into a completely different person. She may swear, throw things across the room, or say cruel things to other residents and staff. This is one reason that it is so crucial that nursing home staff be careful about leaving nursing home residents alone together.

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Are Nursing Homes Allowed to Physically Restrain Residents?

 Posted on March 02, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

Cook County Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse LawyerNursing homes are tasked with the crucial responsibility of caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Most nursing home residents have serious health conditions that make living independently impossible, and as such, require a great degree of care to ensure their safety and well-being. Dementia and related conditions often exacerbate the situation, making nursing home residents at an even greater risk of wandering into dangerous areas of the nursing home and being injured.

Keeping nursing home residents safe and protecting them from harm is a top priority for nursing home staff. In some cases, this may require physically restraining the nursing home resident. However, nursing homes must follow strict regulations when it comes to restraining residents.

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Nursing Home Falls Are Often Caused by Negligence

 Posted on February 24, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

elmhurst slip and fall lawyerFalls are one of the leading causes of injury and even death for elderly individuals, especially those in nursing homes. As such, it is essential that staff at these facilities do their utmost to ensure the safety of their patients. Unfortunately, due to negligence or carelessness, falls can still occur, causing serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. When a nursing home resident falls because of negligent care, the resident or the resident’s family may be able to file a claim against the facility.

Falling Presents an Extreme Hazard to Nursing Home Residents 

An estimated 1,800 nursing home residents die because of fall accidents each year. Falling can result in lacerations, broken bones, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

Falling is extremely dangerous - especially for elderly people and those with disabilities.  Fractures, brain injuries, and even death can occur due to a fall. Nursing home staff and management must take steps to reduce the risk of falls as much as possible and provide residents with proper care. This includes ensuring that living quarters are safe and free from potential hazards, monitoring patient mobility, providing appropriate assistive devices for those who need them, and ensuring that the facility is well-lit and secure. 

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Sepsis: A Deadly Threat to Nursing Home Residents

 Posted on February 16, 2023 in Sepsis

chicago nursing home lawyer Sepsis is an often-deadly medical condition that can pose serious risks for nursing home residents. In fact, it is estimated that about half of all deaths in nursing homes are due to sepsis. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of sepsis and what steps should be taken if a loved one contracts the infection.

What Is Sepsis?

Put simply, sepsis is an infection in the bloodstream caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. When bacteria enters the bloodstream, it triggers an immune response that causes inflammation and damage to tissues and organs throughout the body. Left untreated, sepsis can lead to organ failure and death. Sepsis can be caused by infections acquired at a hospital or nursing home, but it can also occur as a result of poor hygiene or inadequate sterilization techniques used by nursing home staff. The most common types of infections that can lead to sepsis include those that begin in the lungs, skin, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract.

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Nursing Home Resident Declared Dead but Found Alive at Funeral Home

 Posted on February 10, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

chicago nursing home injury lawyerA Long Island skilled nursing facility is facing serious criticism and an ongoing investigation after one of its residents was declared dead, only for the 82-year-old woman found to be breathing at a nearby funeral home a few hours later. Currently, there are countless questions that remain unanswered, and there has been no official statement yet from the woman’s family.

A Potentially Tragic Turn of Events

According to reports, the resident was pronounced dead at 11:15 this past Saturday morning at a nursing home in Port Jefferson, New York. Suffolk County police say the woman was transported to a funeral home in the nearby hamlet of Miller Place about two hours later. About 40 minutes after being taken to the funeral home, the woman was found to be breathing by funeral home staff members.

The funeral home staff notified authorities and had the woman transported to a hospital. Updates were not made available regarding her condition. In addition, authorities have not released the woman’s identity. The funeral home issued a statement that said they would not comment further in order to protect the family’s privacy. The nursing home has, thus far, not provided news outlets with any comment whatsoever.

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