Schwartz Injury Law

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Chicago, IL Life-Threatening Injuries Attorneys

DuPage County Severe Injury Attorney

Legal Help for Victims of Serious Injuries in Cook County Nursing Homes

Elderly patients who live in nursing homes are highly susceptible to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Unfortunately, the conditions within the nursing facility itself often make things worse. When a nursing home resident is severely injured, there is a good chance that some abusive or negligent action (or lack of action) is at least partially to blame. If you or a loved has suffered a life-threatening injury in a nursing home, it is important to have skilled legal counsel in your corner advocating aggressively for your rights and interests.

At Schwartz Injury Law, we have extensive experience fighting for the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims in the Chicago area. Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of this area of law and what it takes to ensure that those responsible for negligent or abusive conduct are held fully accountable. We understand the enormous physical and emotional pain life-threatening injuries in nursing homes have on victims and their families, and we work hard to make the legal process smooth and seamless. Our team is dedicated to providing highly personalized representation, and we have the commitment and resources to ensure our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Life-Threatening Injuries in Illinois Nursing Homes

Severe and life-threatening injuries have been on the rise in nursing homes in recent years. There are a number of ways these injuries occur, and some of the most common include:

  • Falls: The leading cause of life-threatening injuries in nursing homes is falling. When elderly individuals experience falls, their weakened bones are more likely to fracture. In many cases, nursing home patients never recover from a serious fall.
  • Bed Sores: Inadequate staffing often creates a situation where patients are left in one position for too long. This can cause pressure sores which, if not treated in a timely and appropriate manner, can turn deadly.
  • Infections: Nursing homes are home to a wide range of bacteria and viruses. Because of their weakened immune systems, patients are more susceptible to severe infections such as sepsis.
  • Medication Errors: Staffing shortages and poor training often result in serious and often fatal errors when delivering medication.
  • Choking: Many nursing home residents have difficulty chewing, making it more likely that they will choke on their food. This situation is often made worse when the facility lacks the staff to oversee patients at mealtime, or when patients suffer from malnutrition or dehydration.
  • Abuse: ABC News reports that elderly patients are abused at one out of three nursing homes in the U.S. Egregious acts such as physical or sexual abuse often result in severe injuries and fatalities.

Proving that a nursing home is responsible for life-threatening injuries sustained by patients can be difficult. These cases are usually complicated and involve multiple potentially contributing factors. To achieve a favorable outcome, you need to understand the complexities of the case and what red flags to look for in the nursing home records that may be an indication of negligence or abuse.

Speak with a Skilled Cook County Injury Lawyer

The nursing home team at Schwartz Injury Law has seen nearly every issue that can arise with regards to nursing home care, and we have established a successful track record in these types of cases. If you or someone close to you has suffered a life-threatening injury at a nursing home, contact us today at 312-535-4625 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Winnebago County, and throughout Illinois.

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