Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
The statistics are staggering. 95% of seniors living in long-term care
facilities report having been abused or neglected, or witnessed the abuse
or neglect of a fellow resident. Over 50% of nursing home staff members
admit they have abused a patient! When you factor that only one in four
cases is ever reported, the data is exceedingly disturbing.
Unfortunately, Illinois is not immune to the alarming treatment of some
of our most vulnerable citizens. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we have
more than 30 years of combined legal experience and we have been passionately protecting the rights of injured individuals
since 1996. Many of our clients are family members of seniors who have
been betrayed by the very facilities entrusted with their care.
If you suspect that someone you love has been the victim of nursing home
abuse or neglect,
contact Drake & Collopy, P.C. right away to ensure that the proper steps are taken to secure the safety
of your family member! Our team of Chicago personal injury attorneys can
deliver the swift and formidable advocacy required to safeguard the well-being
of your loved one.
Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When you place an elderly family member into the care of a licensed Illinois
long-term care facility or nursing home, you rely upon the facility to
provide a high level of medical and personal care and keep your loved
one safe. Unfortunately, far too often nursing homes fail to deliver the
proper level of care or – worse – coldheartedly abuse your
The signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are often subtle, here are some
possible signs to watch for:
- Listlessness or stupor
- Bed sores
- Chronic infections
- Rapid weight loss unrelated to a medical condition
- Cuts or bruises that the staff cannot account for
- A negative change in the patient's emotional state
Has your loved one suffered an injury from a slip or fall? Their nursing
home may be liable!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number
of falls among nursing homes residents is double the amount of seniors
who are living on their own. Each year, 1,800 falls in long-term care
result in a fatality. Slip-and-fall injuries often lead to disability, decline in function,
and a reduced quality of life.
Nursing homes are expected to routinely monitor residents, provide adequate
lighting, and transport patients safely. If your loved one has had a
slip-and-fall accident in their nursing home, it may be the sign of abuse or neglect. Call our
firm as soon as possible to obtain the fervent representation required
to hold the facility liable for their negligent actions.
Contact Drake & Collopy, P.C. today to begin investigating the neglect
or abuse of your loved one.
Often, there is a continuing pattern of abuse in nursing home and long-term
care facilities. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we have the resources needed
to investigate your loved one's case and analyze the facility's
history to uncover any patterns of abuse or neglect. Our compassionate
lawyers work tirelessly to stop the abuse or neglect and bring your family
some peace of mind.
Take the first step in holding an abusive nursing home accountable for
the mistreatment of your loved one.
Request a free case consultation!