As one grows older, one becomes more vulnerable, both physically and mentally. Physical vulnerability makes one more susceptible to infections, requiring greater care to be taken to reduce risks. While elderly inhabitants of nursing homes are entitled to proper care and protection, all too often they contract infections, particularly sepsis, and suffer other maladies, often as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our Illinois firm has been seeking justice and protecting the rights of victims of such abuse and neglect for many years. We understand that financial restraints often make victims hesitant to obtain legal advice. Therefore, we work on a contingency basis and do not required any upfront payment.
Although many people know that nursing homes have a duty to care for the elderly, they may not have a clear idea of what this duty entails. One aspect of the required care is for the staff of the facility to keep a watchful eye out for any signs of infection and immediately report it to the physician in charge of the particular patient. When the elderly patient has any open wounds or bedsores, the risks of infection increases tremendously, and the sooner it is noted and reported, the better the chances of survival.
Illinois families who have noticed symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or chills, fast breathing or confusion in their elderly loved ones should consider that these may have been signs of infection, which should have been picked up by nursing home staff and reported. Nursing home abuse and neglect should not be tolerated in order to protect the elderly. For more information and advice follow the link to our nursing home abuse and neglect page.