Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
No one should become a victim of neglect and abuse. Unfortunately, approximately one in 10 people age 60 and older in the U.S. have experienced some form of elder abuse, as reported by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Estimates range as high as 5 million senior citizens abused every year.
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates in Chicago, our nursing home abuse lawyers are tough advocates for victims of elder abuse, which often occurs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, schedule a consultation with our firm. Our experienced Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers will work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances, hold responsible parties accountable, and recover compensation for your losses.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases We Handle
Nursing home abuse can occur in many different forms. The abuse may be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial. Our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of nursing home abuse and neglect situations, including:
- Falls and fractures: Nursing homes have a duty to provide supervision for residents and keep their facilities safe. If they fail to meet these obligations, elderly people can fall and suffer fractures.
- Bedsores: With proper care, bedsores are preventable. If nursing home employees are not properly trained in preventing, identifying, and treating bedsores, they can develop into serious injuries, with fatal complications in some cases.
- Malnutrition: Without proper care and supervision, older people in nursing homes can become malnourished. Malnourishment is especially dangerous in the elderly and can increase the risk of illness and injuries.
- Medication errors: Overdosing, under-dosing, and mixing up medications are nursing home errors that can lead to life-threatening situations.
- Choking: Many older people are susceptible to choking. With proper nursing home supervision, this dangerous situation can and should be prevented.
- Clogged breathing tubes: Elderly people in nursing homes with conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or ALS, may need to be intubated. Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that breathing tubes do not become clogged.
- Sepsis: This condition is a life-threatening response of the body to infection. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Older people, who are often more susceptible to sepsis, require prompt medical attention from knowledgeable caregivers.
- Unreasonable restraints: This is among the most common forms of nursing home abuse. Circumstances under which Illinois nursing home residents can be legally restrained are extremely limited. Unlawful restraint can cause severe emotional and physical injuries.
- Verbal belittling: Verbal abuse in nursing homes can cause severe emotional and psychological trauma in elderly people. Facilities that belittle and abuse residents should be held accountable.
- Sexual harassment: Victims of sexual harassment in nursing homes may be vulnerable and afraid to come forward, or unable to talk about what occurred. Take action right away if you suspect sexual nursing home abuse.
- Wrongful death: If your loved one died in a Chicago nursing home and you suspect abuse or neglect, speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney right away.
Get Experienced Legal Guidance Today
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in any form, do not wait to talk to a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney. Do not hesitate to come to our firm for sound legal counsel and dedicated representation. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates in Chicago, we have vast experience in nursing home abuse and personal injury matters. Our successful track record of recovering substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients speaks for itself.