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A Peoria Nursing Home Injury Attorney Will Pursue Justice for You or a Loved One

When you entrusted your elderly parent, spouse or other family member — or your disabled adult child, sibling or spouse — to the care of a nursing home, you had every right to expect quality care and monitoring. Your family no doubt researched the nursing home’s standards and believed the long-term care facility was in compliance with state and federal laws aimed at keeping residents safe.

Why, then did the nursing home allow conditions that led to your loved one’s injuries such as a fall or development of bed sores? You may have experienced guilt when you learned that your family member died of an infection caused by decubitus ulcers that were not prevented, diagnosed or treated in a timely manner.

You are right to want and expect answers regarding a nursing home injury. Parker & Parker Attorneys at Law offers free initial consultations. Let us explain how we can discover the cause of your loved one’s injuries and pursue the right legal remedies.

We are Here to Give You a Voice After a Nursing Home Injury or Fatality

Your main motivation in looking for a trial lawyer handling nursing home neglect cases may be to prevent future such occurrences in the same facility. We share this cause. If our law firm represents you, we will work hard to give you a voice as we help you pursue an injury claim or wrongful death claim.

Whatever the circumstances and whatever your objectives in seeking legal counsel, Parker & Parker Attorneys at Law, a plaintiff’s law firm in Peoria, is available to examine the facts of the case. Over the years, this law firm has developed a strong nursing home neglect practice. We look forward to hearing about what happened to you or your loved one. We can advise you as to whether you have a valid claim and if so, we can help you determine whom to file a claim against. Who was ultimately responsible — and who should compensate you or your family? More often than not, investigations reveal systemic problems such as understaffing that create conditions leading to preventable injuries and deaths of residents.

Examples of nursing home negligence such as that experienced by your loved one include:

  • Failure to keep the nursing home properly staffed with screened, competent care givers
  • Inattentiveness or professional malpractice by a care manager or nursing home director
  • Failure to properly monitor safety of residents the night (or day) an injury occurred or was discovered
  • Medication errors or care failures originating with the supervising nurse responsible for dispensing medication and responding to emergencies
  • Failure of care managers to follow through after a doctor or therapist who visited the resident recommended a treatment or safety measure
  • Failure of the nursing home to properly hire, train or hold accountable a food services manager or supervisor
  • Failure to turn residents and otherwise prevent bed sores
  • Failure to provide adequate staffing to appropriately lift residents or accompany them to the bathroom, resulting in falls
  • Failure to properly train staff to prevent scalding during bathing

Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect 

A nursing home resident needs their loved ones to be observant of any of the common warning signs of abuse or neglect. These include the following:

  • Bed Sores or Pressure Ulcers -These maladies can develop due to inattentive or inadequate staff who fail to turn bedbound residents.
  • Changes in Mood or Behavior -Many nursing home residents do not inform their loved ones of abuse or neglect, often due to fear, shame or mental infirmity. Loved ones should watch for sudden behavioral changes, including emotional withdrawal, depression or angry outbursts.
  • Unexplained Marks, Bruises or Cuts -These can be signs of restraints or other abuse.
  • Sudden Weight Loss – This can be due to poor nutrition, illness or psychological harm.
  • Silence Around Caretakers – This is a common sign of abuse, since residents may fear repercussions for informing a visitor of the abuse.
  • Unexplained Infections, Diseases or Injuries – Any unexplained injury to a nursing home resident is cause for alarm. It may also be a sign of a nursing home attempting to hide abuse or neglect. About 6,000 Illinois nursing home residents a year who were hospitalized had sepsis, a bloodstream infection that can quickly turn fatal if not if not cared for properly. About 1 in 5 didn’t survive.

Responding to Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

When you note any signs of abuse or neglect at your loved one’s nursing home, keep a log with dates, times, what you observed or heard, and names of staff. Visit frequently, if you can, and try to vary the times of day that you go. Consider placing a camera in the room, which Illinois law now allows. 

Don’t hesitate to take action immediately by elevating your grievance to the supervisor. Especially when the nursing home is not offering good explanations for what you’ve observed, you should contact the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on their hotline for abuse or neglect claims. And if your loved one has suffered a serious injury, you will need a top-notch nursing home injury attorney by your side.

Nursing home injury cases require a great deal of knowledge, experience and expertise. Unlike the typical personal injury or medical malpractice case, the opposing side is not just represented by an insurance company but often multiple adjusters who monitor the case and trial. The cases can be complicated and lengthy, lasting several years. Due to these challenges, it is critical to evaluate a nursing home injury accurately at the beginning. 

Report Nursing Home Abuse to Authorities

In addition to cooperating in a review by our law firm, we may recommend that you call the hotline for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to report neglect or abuse. For more information, request a consultation with a lawyer at Parker & Parker.

Contact a Peoria Nursing Home Injury Attorney at  Parker & Parker if You See the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

If you know of or suspect nursing home abuse or neglect suffered by your loved one, contact Parker & Parker to discuss legal options. To schedule a meeting with a Peoria nursing home injury attorney, contact us today at 309-673-0069 or complete our online intake form.