With advances in medicine, people are living longer than ever. As the population ages, more and more people find themselves in long-term care facilities. In theory, a nursing home should be an ideal place to send a loved one, however, too often, nursing homes are understaffed or underfunded, leading to significant, and sometimes fatal injuries.
The Illinois legislature tried to address this problem with the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, but unfortunately, legislation alone has not stopped a growing number of nursing home residents from suffering preventable injuries. In fact, nursing home abuse/neglect in Arlington Heights has risen drastically since the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was passed.
It is important to know that as a nursing home resident, or family member of a nursing home resident, you have rights under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act that protect nursing home residents from instances of abuse and neglect. Common signs of abuse and neglect include falls, bedsores (pressure ulcers), malnutrition and dehydration.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a nursing home, there are a number of resources available to investigate the circumstances of the injury and, if warranted, prosecute a claim against the responsible party.
The Arlington Heights nursing home attorneys at Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, have years of experience helping victims of nursing home abuse and their families get the answers they need and the compensation they deserve.
Keep in mind that there may be time restrictions on filing your claim, so call today to learn more about your rights.