When nursing home residents suffer abuse or neglect, their loved ones can experience a range of emotions, from shock and confusion to anger. At Kasan Law, our Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys understand what people go through when they discover their loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home.
We offer free consultations and case reviews to understand the situation and determine whether legal action against those responsible for your loved one’s abuse or neglect is viable. If a claim exists, we will begin by thoroughly investigating the matter to pursue compensation for all of the damages your loved one has suffered.
There are many reasons why nursing home abuse and negligence happens. These are some of the most common reasons:
Elder abuse and neglect is a violation of your loved one’s rights, and the responsible parties should be held accountable.
The goal of a nursing home abuse and neglect case is to obtain compensation by proving that your loved one was abused or neglected because of some form of negligence. In other words, we need to show that staff members failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent your loved one from being hurt.
Our Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys will work tirelessly to discover any signs of negligence that contributed to your loved one’s abuse.
Nursing home abuse is generally classified into five different categories. Our attorneys are prepared to handle cases involving many types of abuse that fall under these categories:
This occurs when a caretaker or medical professional does not provide the requisite standard of care a resident is entitled to and deserves. Common examples of neglect include failing to:
Although the definition of physical abuse in a nursing facility varies depending on location, it is generally defined as a caretaker using excessive force that results in bodily harm or pain and suffering in the nursing home resident.
Here are some examples of physical abuse:
Nursing home sexual abuse and assault happens when an individual engages in a non-consensual sexual act with a resident. This could include rape, sexual gestures or jokes, pictures of residents in compromising positions, or sexual harassment.
Psychological or Mental Trauma
This type of abuse can happen through both verbal and nonverbal behavior. Any action that knowingly causes emotional anguish to a resident can be considered psychological abuse, including verbal assaults, bullying, and subjecting a resident to isolation or silent treatment.
Other forms of psychological or mental abuse may include:
This is defined as the unauthorized use of a resident’s assets, including cash and bank accounts. Some examples of this form of abuse include:
There are numerous signs of abuse or neglect that you should be on the lookout for because your loved one might be too afraid to tell you or unable to
explain their situation. Some common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse are:
A Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can help determine the various damages that might be recoverable, such as:
Economic Damages are any damages with a defined monetary value, such as:
Economic damages are more straightforward to calculate than others because receipts and bills often accompany the calculations.
Non-Economic Damages is another type of damages in a nursing home abuse and neglect case because they do not have a defined monetary value. In other words, there are no receipts or bills for these damages. Some examples of non-economic damages your loved one may have experienced include:
When our Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers are determining the value of economic and non-economic damages, we will factor in the damages your loved one is suffering both now and in the future. For example, your loved one may need ongoing medical care and may have lingering emotional issues well after the abuse occurred.
If we determine that you have grounds for a case against the nursing home, we will provide our services on a contingency basis. This means you will not be charged any legal fees unless we obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Illinois legislature enacted the Nursing Home Care Act to regulate licensed facilities and define patients’ rights. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the government body responsible for licensing and regulating Illinois nursing homes. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides patients with various rights, such as:
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you and your loved one have legal rights. Contact our Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys to schedule your free consultation and case review by calling (312) 300-6724, e-mailing us at [email protected], or schedule your consultation online.