As they age, many in Illinois will seek assistance from a reputable facility that can offer onsite care from medical practitioners. Those who reside in a nursing home or similar facility must inherently trust that their caretakers will be attentive to their medical and psychological needs. Unfortunately, a recent article describes how nursing home abuse has become systemic, perhaps due to the lack of required staffing.
The article tells of an elderly patient who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and was allowed to sit for an extended time in her own feces. Her family found her with excrement wiped across her face. They took pictures of her in order to prove her condition in their subsequent complaint against the care facility.
The patient’s family stated that they frequently found serious issues with their mother each time they visited. In other instances, they discovered that their mother had fallen and broken her hip and felt that she was not receiving proper meals or nutrition. Both the family and some of the care facility employees believe that many patient issues at the facility are caused by understaffing at the nursing home.
Many who are facing a similar difficult situation may not know where to turn for assistance. Most attorneys who are experienced in personal injury 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 positive financial judgement from a civil court.
When faced with a tragedy, such as nursing home abuse, patients and the family members of victims could benefit from discussing their situations with an Illinois attorney who is experienced in personal injury litigation. Attorneys who practice in this area of law will be able to discuss the various legal options available. If a nursing home or other care facility is found guilty of neglect or abuse in a civil trial, victims and/or loved ones may be eligible to receive economic and punitive damages.
Source: nbcnewyork.com, “I-Team: Photos Show Nursing Home Patient Left Sitting in Human Waste“, Chris Glorioso, Nov. 1,2016