As they age, many people in Illinois will require assistance from a licensed facility that can help with daily personal tasks, provide programs to foster social interaction and offer onsite care from medical practitioners when needed. Anyone who resides in a nursing home or similar facility inherently trusts and hopes to be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, many recent news stories have reported nursing home deaths and other injuries which are due to abuse and neglect at the hands of caretakers.
In Colorado, a jury recently awarded $5.5 million to a family for the suffering and wrongful death of their mother. The woman was admitted to a nursing home in the spring of 2013 and, over seven months, was subjected to repeated neglect and abuse. This treatment caused infections, bed sores, malnutrition and other serious health problems, which eventually resulted in her death. The woman had 10 children who visited her regularly, and they were able to testify to the lack of basic care that their mother received. In fact, her children often performed nursing duties such as giving their mother a shower when staff at the nursing home refused to do so.
Many who are facing a similar tragic situation may not know where to turn to for assistance. Most attorneys who are experienced in wrongful death litigation do not require any up-front money in order to evaluate a case. They typically work on a contingency basis, which means that a person is not required to pay them until they receive a settlement or monetary judgment awarded in a civil trial.
When faced with tragedies such as nursing home deaths, neglect and abuses, the family members of victims may benefit from discussing their situation with an Illinois attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice litigation. If a nursing home or other care facility is found liable for neglect or abuse in a civil trial, surviving loved ones may be eligible to receive economic and possibly even punitive damages. A medical malpractice attorney may be in the best position to offer guidance on the legal options that are available based on a client's unique situation.
Source: fox21news.com, "Jury awards over $5.5 million in Pueblo nursing home lawsuit", Alexa Mae Asperin, May 16, 2016