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 40 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 loved one.

The signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are often subtle, here are some possible signs to watch for:

  • Listlessness or stupor
  • Bed sores
  • Dehydration
  • 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 facilities 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.

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