Trusting the care of your loved ones to strangers is often a harrowing decision, but it’s one that sometimes needs to be made. When we place one of our family members in a long-term care facility, we expect they will receive the respect and care they deserve to live a high quality of life. Unfortunately, negligent facilities and employees may not be able to offer that care. When this occurs, your loved one’s health is severely affected, and their life could be put in danger. Our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer is prepared to take on your claim, investigate what your loved one has been through, and make sure they never have to experience any kind of abuse again.
While there are many reasons why abuse and neglect may happen, there is never any excuse for mistreating someone. Suppose you believe your loved one is being abused in their long-term care facility. If that’s the case, there are steps you can take to remove them from that dangerous situation and hold their assisting living facility accountable through legal action.
To file a successful nursing home abuse claim, you’ll need to be able to prove your loved one suffered as the result of another’s actions or inactions. Having an elder abuse attorney at your side will give your loved one the best chance of recovering maximum compensation. Thomas Law Offices has years of experience helping seniors get the justice they deserve. To start your loved one’s case, get in touch with our law firm for an obligation-free consultation.
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you may not be aware of elder abuse and neglect prevalence. You may benefit from understanding more about abuse in long-term care facilities. Let’s start with how often it occurs.
Nursing Home Abuse Facts and Statistics
In the United States, nearly 15 percent of the population consists of people who are 65 years of age or older. By 2050, however, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) predicts that the percentage will double to more than 80 million individuals. Eighteen million of those people will be aged 85 and over. Thus, it will be crucial to have long-term care facilities trained and prepared to house a high number of residents.
While many current nursing homes treat their residents with the dignity and respect they deserve, a significant number abuses their residents. While statistics are hard to gather because most nursing home abuse cases are not reported to authorities, it is estimated that as many as five million seniors are abused annually. Nearly 25 percent of nursing home residents have experienced one instance of physical abuse in their facility.
Certain individuals are more at risk of being abused in their nursing homes. Many of those people suffer from cognitive impairments like dementia. Anyone who experiences little social interaction is also at risk. Isolation is dangerous because employees may exploit that factor when they know the senior isn’t likely to tell anyone what’s going on or may not have anyone to talk to. There is also a link between lower socioeconomic status and elder abuse.
Being aware of how common nursing home neglect and abuse happen will keep it at the forefront of your mind. This can benefit your loved one because you’ll be aware of the issue and on the lookout for any mistreatment. You may also want to know what rights are in place that protect your loved one from abuse and neglect.
Rights of Nursing Home Residents in Illinois
The Illinois Department on Aging has established that long-term care facility residents are guaranteed certain privileges according to state and federal laws. Those rights include:
- Safety and Good Care. A facility must provide services that maintain physical and mental health. Physical, verbal, mental, sexual, and financial abuse are not allowed.
- Participating in Your Own Care. Facilities should be able to make reasonable arrangements for residents’ needs and choices. Residents have the right to choose their own doctor and participate in developing their written care plans. Residents can also make a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will, Declaration for Mental Health, or Do Not Resuscitate Order.
- Privacy. All medical and personal care should be private. Nursing home employees must knock before entering a room, and facilities cannot give out your information without your permission. Residents have the right to private visits and phone calls. If available, spouses have the right to share a room.
- Money Management. Seniors have a right to manage their own money and see their financial records at any time. Facilities are required to provide itemized statements at least once every three months.
- Contract Information. Residents must be given a contract that states what services are provided and how much they cost. Unless you have a court-appointed legal guardian, the nursing home cannot require anyone else to sign an agreement stating they will pay your bill.
- Medicaid and Medicare Information. Residents have the right to apply for Medicaid or Medicare to assist with payments. If you receive Medicaid, your facility cannot make you pay for anything that Medicaid pays for.
- Staying in Your Facility. Residents have the right to keep living in their nursing homes. If you are asked to leave, you must be given written notice that explains why you are being asked to move, how to file an appeal, and a self-addressed envelope to the Illinois Department of Public Health. A facility can force a resident to leave if they have not paid their bill, are dangerous to themselves or others, have medical needs that cannot be met, or if the facility closes.
Residents can also participate in the Residents Council, meet with the Long-term Care Ombudsman, community organizations, legal advocates, and members of the general public who come to the facility, present grievances to their facility, and be free from punishments for presenting issues. In addition to those rights, nursing home residents are also guaranteed the rights that all Illinois residents have, including the right to vote and the right to participate in social and community activities.
Federal Nursing Home Laws
In addition to the state laws that protect nursing home residents, there are federal laws that must be abided by. The U.S. Nursing Home Reform Act, which was enacted in 1987, protects the physical, mental, and psychosocial health of nursing home patients. It provides set definitions for terms like “skilled care” and “quality of life,” so there are no questions when it comes to what a nursing home should be providing.
The IDPH Bureau of Long-term Care is responsible for ensuring nursing homes comply with the requirements laid out in the Nursing Home Care Act. In addition to that, the organization conducts certification surveys to make sure facilities receiving Medicaid or Medicare money always abide by federal regulations.
Common Types and Signs of Elder Abuse
Abuse can come in several forms. Extreme situations involving nursing home abuse can result in irreversible damage, and long-term exposure to abuse can significantly harm a person’s mental state. Recognizing the typical characteristics of the different types and the consequences can help you identify if your loved one is being abused and how. After reporting an instance of abuse, you should consider contacting an Illinois nursing home abuse attorney who can help you determine the next best course of action.
According to the NCEA, several types of abuse involve the elderly, which include:
Physical abuse occurs when a staff member uses some physical force on an older adult that causes or can be expected to cause bodily harm, physical pain, or ongoing impairment. Typical actions deemed physical abuse include shoving, pushing, slapping, shaking, burning, kicking, and striking. Physical abuse also occurs if a resident is force-fed, confined with bodily restraints, or is given improper medications.
If your loved one is physically abused, you may notice unexplained injuries, bruising, broken bones, or welts. They may act differently around individual staff members and may seem to be in pain. Other signs of this type of mistreatment include internal bleeding, evidence of being given too much or too little medication, broken eyeglasses, sprains, dislocations, or open wounds.
One of the most common open wounds a nursing home resident is likely to sustain is bed sores if they are being abused. These are also referred to as pressure ulcers. When a person experiences limited mobility and caregivers do not assist them with movement, there could be parts of the body that experience prolonged pressure. This pressure causes layers of skin to separate, which can quickly result in infection.
Warning signs of a pressure ulcer included unusual changes in skin color or texture, swelling, temperature differences in different areas on the body, and draining. Bedsores most commonly occur on the backs of limbs, tailbone or buttocks, and shoulder blades or spine.
Also referred to as emotional abuse, this occurs when a resident experiences pain or distress by verbal or nonverbal means. This may include acts like engaging in verbal assaults, humiliation, threats, intimidations, harassment, or isolation. Isolation is often the most dangerous because the resident may be unable to communicate to others what they are going through.
A senior who is experiencing psychological mistreatment may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Lack of communication
- Seeming unresponsive or withdrawn
- Seeming agitated or emotionally upset
- Unusual behaviors that mimic dementia
Nursing home employees may choose to financially exploit a resident by forging their signature, taking cash or other possessions, signing checks, coercing the senior to sign a document they do not understand, or improperly using the benefit of their power. Some seniors are financially exploited by family members, as well.
Signs of financial exploitation include changes in the bank accounts or large amounts of money withdrawn, changes to legal documents, the disappearance of funds or possessions, unusual ATM card activity, and finding forged signatures.
Assisted and independent living facilities may also try to exploit residents by providing and charging for unnecessary services.
Sexual abuse occurs when an elder is forced to participate in non-consensual sex or sex acts. Unwanted touching, sexual assault, and coerced nudity are examples. A nursing home resident who has been sexually abused may exhibit the following:
- Unexplained STDs
- Bruises on genitals
- Unexplained genital infections
- Torn or stained underwear
- Extreme emotional changes
All these forms of nursing home negligence can put your loved one’s health at risk. While it can be challenging to recognize abuse is occurring, if you’re noticing the signs and believe your loved one needs legal representation, our firm is here for you.
Our Chicago nursing home attorney will fight for them to get justice. Thomas Law Offices is dedicated to providing legal assistance and a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. We’ll be at your side and hold the abusive party responsible for their actions. Because these lawsuits require careful investigation, it’s best to contact us as soon as possible to begin building your claim.
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect and abuse are often used interchangeably; however, neglect is technically a form of abuse. It is defined as failing or refusing to provide a senior with the care they need to live a high-quality life. Elders are typically left without the necessities required for life. Neglect may be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional neglect often happens at long-term care facilities that are understaffed. Employees may not be able to ensure every residents’ needs are met.
Negligent nursing homes may not have the staff to give each resident the individual attention they need. There are several ways this can affect a senior citizen and put their health and life in danger.
One main concern is if the resident is getting the medication they need to maintain their health. This could mean someone going without dosages of their medication. Other mistakes include a nurse administering the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage of drugs. If the senior suffers an allergic reaction to the wrong medication, they could require hospitalization, and their life could be in danger. An incorrect medication dosage could mean not getting enough to help deal with the health issue or having too much in their system—an overdose of medication can also be life-threatening.
Choking on Food
Some seniors may have trouble chewing their food, swallowing, and are at risk of choking. Difficulty with swallowing is called dysphagia. According to Clinical Interventions in Aging, about 40% of residents in permanent care communities are dysphagic, and about 50%-75% of those in nursing homes have difficulty swallowing.
Nursing homes should identify these residents and plan to provide them with the nutrition they need without risking choking incidents. If residents aren’t given a special diet or aren’t carefully supervised during mealtimes, they could choke and suffer injuries or lose their life. If a choking incident happens while the staff is supervising, they need to have the training necessary to recognize signs of choking and clear the resident’s airways.
Like identifying residents at risk of choking, they should also be assessed for fall risks. This means the seniors will need assistance in walking. If the staff isn’t attending to their residents regularly, they may decide to walk independently. They could need to use the bathroom or want something on the other side of the room. Unfortunately, if they fall, they can sustain serious injuries. Head trauma, broken bones, and bruising are all possibilities. If they’re by themselves, they may not be discovered and given immediate care.
According to the CDC, about three million seniors go to the ER for fall injuries. Eight hundred thousand seniors are hospitalized because of falls. If a patient falls and fractures a hip, which happens to 300,000 elders each year, they can also contract an infection and get seriously ill.
Malnutrition and dehydration are especially dangerous for elderly individuals. Seniors need healthy, nutritious diets and regular hydration to maintain wellness and boost their immune systems. When they’re not getting the nutrition they need, their health can drastically decline and increase their risk of getting sick. If malnutrition and dehydration continue, it can result in death.
Poor Living Conditions
Other signs of neglect include unsanitary living conditions, whether it’s your loved one’s clothes, bed, or the state of the nursing home. Your loved one should be in clean conditions. It’s their right to be treated with dignity, and maintaining sanitary living conditions decreases their risk of getting sick. Other hazardous conditions include lack of heat or clean, running water, and untreated health problems.
When seniors get sick, it can be difficult for them to fight off an infection. They need careful monitoring and care. If a health problem goes untreated, the situation can worsen. In some cases, sepsis can occur. Sepsis is an inflammatory body response to infection, where the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection. However, sepsis is when the response is out of balance, meaning that organs can suffer damage. The World Journal of Critical Care Medicine states the prevalence of sepsis increases with age. While senior citizens are one-fifth of the U.S. population, they also make up two-thirds of those admitted to the hospital for sepsis. Seniors who have severe sepsis have an increased mortality rate, especially in those above age 85.
It can be challenging for residents to communicate neglect. Many nursing homes may care for residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other forms of memory problems. Residents may not be lucid all the time or recognize the neglect they’re facing—and if they are, they may not be able to communicate this to a loved one as their speech may be inhibited.
Abandonment happens when an elder is deserted by their caretakers. They may be left at a public place like a shopping center, a hospital, or a different nursing home facility. Depending on their state, an abandoned senior may be unaware of where they are and cannot contact their loved ones for help.
Residents may be abandoned if their facility cannot provide them with the care they need or don’t want to because of a history of violence or problematic behaviors.
This is when the senior leaves the premises without the knowledge of the nursing home. When a senior wanders away from their home, they can become confused, lost, and are in danger of getting hurt. If this occurs in the summer, a senior is at risk of dehydration and heatstroke if they’re outside for too long. In the winter months, there’s a risk of hypothermia and frostbite. In addition to weather conditions, seniors could also suffer fall injuries.
Nursing homes are supposed to have security measures in place to prevent elopement from occurring. Lack of supervision, locking mechanisms, and security cameras make it more likely that elopement can occur. Learning that an assisted living facility cannot keep track of your loved one when you trusted them with their care is terrifying. Our nursing home abuse attorney will go over how your loved one was able to leave the premises, find out how long it took for the staff to realize they were gone, and the types of injuries your loved one sustained.
When an elder engages in behaviors that endanger their safety or health, that is considered self-neglect. It is typically seen when an older person fails or refuses to provide themselves with the proper amount of water, food, clothing, medications, or hygiene. Eldercare homes are supposed to ensure their residents’ needs are met, so if they neglect to help a person that is neglecting themselves, they can be held accountable.
Thomas Law Office is passionate about defending the rights of our clients. We understand that many seniors are not living with the dignity and care they deserve. When that results in injury or illness, we’re ready to stand up and protect their rights. Our Chicago nursing home lawyer will look into how the neglect occurred and who was responsible. To get started on your claim, call our office today.
Physical and Chemical Restraints
In the state of Illinois, nursing home residents are protected from the use of restraints as a form of punishment or convenience for those in charge of their care. Restraints are anything attached to the resident that constricts or prevents their normal movement. Forms of restraint include:
- Manual Methods
- Physical or Mechanical Devices
It’s important to note that bed rails, gait belts, cushions, and other physical means of protecting and positioning your loved one are not considered restraints. These may be necessary to support your loved one as they’re lying down or sitting. Regular position changes, including these items, may also be required to prevent bedsores.
In addition to physical restraints, residents are also protected from chemical restraints, where a drug is used to subdue the resident or keep them in an idle state, so they’re easier to control. When residents are drugged like this, it can take a severe toll on their health. They won’t be able to keep their minds active, which is vital to senior health. While seniors may not be as physically active as they used to be, regular exercise is essential to keep muscle strength and fitness. If they’re drugged, they will likely be confined to a sitting or horizontal position.
Using Restraints on Residents
There are some situations where restraints may be used, but specific parameters must be met. The resident, their guardian, or authorized representative need to give their informed consent. The restraints must be ordered by a physician who has documented the resident’s need in their clinical record. Consultation with health professionals, occupational and physical therapists, and less restrictive measures must be tried first. If these do not work, then they can move on to possibly using restraints.
However, it is essential to know that there are some specific situations where restraints may be used and are not a form of elder care abuse—they may be protecting the resident from harming themselves. For example, a resident may need life-saving treatment, and restraints are necessary to protect their physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. These periods are typically brief, and the resident should be free of bonds as soon as they’re no longer necessary.
If restraints are to be used, only someone with proper training in applying limitations may be the one to secure them. Unfortunately, injuries and death can occur if the restraints are misapplied. If they’re used too tightly, the resident may get bruising or lose circulation beneath the bond. A restraint around the neck or chest that’s too tight could constrict breathing and cause strangulation. On the other side, if restraints are too loose, they won’t be effective, and the resident can get tangled in them and sustain injuries or put their life in danger, or they can remove themselves from the restraints and are at risk of injuring themselves.
When restraints are placed on a resident, they are allowed the following rights:
- To inform a person or organization that restraints have been used.
- The resident can choose who to inform.
- The resident can inform the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, and they are allowed to contact the resident for more information about the decision to use restraints. If the circumstances seem off, the Commission can take further action.
- The nursing home needs to inform the person within 24 hours of restraint use.
- They also need to include information about the time when restraints were used.
Determining Unlawful Use of Restraints
Suppose you notice bruising or marks that look like physical restraints may have caused them. It can be challenging to tell if your loved one is under chemical control. Some seniors in long-term care homes may not be incredibly energetic because of their condition, age, or medication that a doctor has prescribed. However, suppose you notice sudden changes in your loved one, such as a significant drop in lucidity, energy, or demeanor. In that case, the nursing home may be unlawfully restraining your loved one.
A facility that violates your loved one’s rights should be held accountable for their actions. Your loved one is supposed to have a high-quality life and get the care they need. Staff cannot use restraints to have more control over their residents. Unfortunately, this may happen if the home is understaffed, and they cannot offer the care your loved one needs. But this is not your loved one’s fault, and they do not deserve to be subjected to restraints.
Why Does Elder Abuse and Neglect Happen?
When you learn your loved one was abused or neglected, you may wonder why it occurred in the first place. There’s a chance the staff could be:
- Abusing Substances
Some nursing homes may not hire enough staff to run their facility in order to save money. However, this puts added stress on the team to pick up the slack. However, they may not be able to do this and still adequately do their jobs. As a result, staff may be working multiple shifts but are still being underpaid. When anyone is overworked, they’re more likely to be irritable, stressed, and not able to get to their residents on time.
Multiple shifts can also cause fatigue. When someone isn’t getting enough sleep, they’re not attentive to what they’re doing. This is how events like medication errors can occur. Unfortunately, some staff may turn to using substances to deal with the stress of their jobs. If they’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they’re putting residents’ lives at risk as well as their own.
What Should You Look for in a Nursing Home?
When seeking assisted or independent care for your loved one, there are a few signs you should look for that can indicate its quality and ability to provide your loved one with the care they need. As you’re visiting nursing homes, keep an eye out for the following:
- Cleanliness. If you notice the carpets are dirty, stained, and if the place is covered in dust or has a foul odor, the home isn’t keeping up with maintaining a sanitary environment. This may also happen in residents’ rooms as well. Make sure to look for a place that keeps everything clean.
- Meals Provided. The meals should be fresh and nutritious. You can seek the food options available to residents to see if they’re up to standard. If you find that the meals don’t look fresh or it’s something that you wouldn’t want to eat, then it’s likely that the residents there aren’t getting fresh and appetizing meals.
- Staff on Hand. You may want to take note of how many staff members you see. If you’re struggling to find one, this may mean the home is understaffed, and they will not be able to give your loved one the care they deserve. Common areas should have supervision, and you should expect to pass by various staff members as you walk around the facility. You may also want to pay attention to the tone they use when speaking with residents. Staff must be kind and respectful in their interactions. Harsh tones or yelling may indicate verbal abuse or staff members that lose their tempers quickly.
- Residents. You can look at the state of the residents as well. Check to see if they’re in clean clothes and the nature of their spirits. While it’s essential to keep health conditions in mind, see if residents are speaking, have activities to do, and if they have other ways to remain engaged. This will be a good indicator of the life your loved one will be living.
- Security. Do doors that lead outside have locks? Is there a secure sign-in system that tracks who leaves and enters the facility? Having these measures in place reduces your loved one’s risk of leaving the facility and endangering their health.
You may also want to consider asking various people in the home to understand better what it’s like. If other families are visiting, you should speak with them as well. Ask them if they’re happy with the treatment their loved one is getting and how the facility has made it feel like home. Testimonials from others going through a similar experience of having a loved one in a nursing home will give you more information on what that home is like. You may also learn more about how the home can benefit your loved one.
Always follow your gut. If you’re looking at a facility and cannot quite pinpoint what’s making you hesitant, but something about the place is giving you a reason to pause, then continue your search. You don’t want to have any lasting questions if your loved one moves to a nursing home and you’re unsure about the quality of care they’ll receive.
What To Do If You Think Your Loved One Is Being Abused
If your loved one is already in an elder care facility and you think abuse or neglect may be occurring, there are some other ways to find out more about the home. We’ve discussed the signs and symptoms of the types of abuse and neglect. If you notice injuries, a change in demeanor, or if your loved one continually gets sick, they may be in an abusive environment. As you visit your loved one, you may notice a decline in their personal hygiene. If they’re in old, soiled clothes or bedsheets, or if it’s obvious they haven’t bathed or had their teeth brushed, then they may be neglected.
Should an incident happen involving your loved one at a nursing home, you should be contacted. If you visit your loved one and find injuries or that they’re in a neglected state, asking about what’s happening should yield direct answers. If staff cannot give you a straight answer about your loved one’s condition, this is cause for concern. You should be able to have conversations with staff without getting brushed off or vague answers. Other indications of nursing home abuse or neglect would be staff not allowing you to be alone with your loved one. Their presence could prevent you from asking if something is wrong and can also intimidate your loved one from communicating any issues with you. Nursing homes that prevent visitation without giving a reason are also cause for alarm.
When you believe something has happened to your loved one, it’s vital to take action immediately—many resources look out for the well-being of elders in Chicago.
You can contact a Regional Ombudsman, the Senior Help Line, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Healthcare and Family Services for Supportive Living Facility Complaints. You should note that these services will investigate what happened but are not emergency responders. If your loved one is in immediate danger, call the police.
Once your loved one is safe, then you can start beginning the search for legal representation. Holding a nursing home accountable for its actions can be difficult, so it’s essential to have a reputable and experienced elder care abuse lawyer at your side. The attorneys at our law firm are ready to represent your loved one and fight for their rights.
How to Find a Nursing Home Lawyer
When you’re looking for an elder abuse attorney, there are several things to keep in mind. You want to work with a legal representative who will represent your loved one’s best interests and who will fight for their rights.
One significant aspect of your representation is they should have experience in the field of personal injury. Some personal injury attorneys may not have handled senior abuse claims in the past and aren’t aware of how they work. These cases can get complicated, especially if multiple parties are involved. The home may be liable, but there’s also a possibility a doctor or specialist may have been treating your loved one, but they weren’t with the nursing home. In this case, this could change who is responsible for your loved one’s injuries or indicate that more than one party is at fault.
As you look for information about the nursing home, you should also seek testimonials about the law firm. If clients are giving good reviews about working with the lawyer, then you have good reason to consider moving forward with them as your representation. If someone has multiple low reviews and complaints, then it’s best to seek other options.
Meeting With an Attorney
When you meet with a lawyer, you should get the impression that they’re attentive, care what you have to say, and directly answer your questions. Some attorneys may promise results from the beginning or bog down their answers with legal jargon—these are red flags that this may not be the best person to trust with your loved one’s lawsuit.
Suppose your attorney is late to a meeting, doesn’t respond to emails or calls, or tries to conduct other business during a meeting with you. In that case, this could indicate their lack of efficient communication skills and disorganization. You need to trust that your attorney will keep you informed, answer your questions, and keep everything about your loved one’s lawsuit organized and appropriately filed. Losing documents could put your loved one’s claim in jeopardy.
The nursing home negligence lawyers at Thomas Law Offices have expertise and compassion for getting their clients justice. We’re well-versed in the laws that will apply to the case and will work diligently to get your loved one full and fair compensation.
Fighting for Compensation in Chicago, IL
When we’re at your side, you’ll know you have someone fiercely advocating for your loved one. As we investigate your loved one’s claim, we’ll figure out how they were abused or neglected, who was responsible, and what your loved one suffered. We’ll fight for their compensation to cover both economic and noneconomic losses.
Seniors who have been abused may need to spend time in the hospital to recover from their injuries. If their care continues, you may be looking at significant medical expenses. We’ll assess medical records and treatment plans to make sure your loved one will be able to afford the care they need and pay off past hospital bills.
There are also emotional losses your loved one suffered. They could have been experiencing sadness, fear, discomfort, or a combination of all three when they should have been receiving care and enjoying their life in the nursing home. While our lawyers cannot undo what happened, we can make sure your loved one recovers compensation for their noneconomic damages.
In some cases, you may have lost a loved one because of the nursing home abuse and neglect they faced in their Chicago nursing home. This is a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. You can still seek justice for your loved one. Thomas Law Offices has skilled wrongful death lawyers who will give your loved one a voice. While this time is extremely difficult for grieving families, it may provide some solace knowing you held the abusers accountable for their actions and have financially secured your future so you will be able to mourn your loved one’s loss in peace.
Our Elder Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help
When your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in their long-term care facility, you may feel at a loss of what to do. You may even feel partially responsible for what happened. It’s important to know that you were trying to make the best decision for your loved one’s health and well-being. The nursing home was supposed to provide a safe environment where your loved one would get the expert care they deserve. Because they failed to do this and hurt your loved one, they should be held liable for the injuries and losses your loved one endured.
With the help of an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer from Thomas Law Offices, you can ensure your loved one is taken care of in the right way and that their abusers are held accountable for the pain and trauma they caused. It’s important to remember that taking legal action can take time, so it’s crucial to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Depending on the evidence in the case, the sooner an attorney can investigate, the more physical evidence they can preserve. They may be able to document photographs of injuries or the state of your loved one’s facility. This can provide insight into the extent of what they suffered.
Another reason to contact a lawyer quickly is to make sure you’re within the statute of limitations. Most personal injury claims have to be filed within a certain amount of time. If you miss this window, your lawsuit could be dismissed, and you won’t be able to recover compensation. While you may feel like you have plenty of time to file a claim, you don’t want to risk waiting too long and jeopardizing your claim.
Thomas Law Offices is here to fight for Chicago’s senior citizens who have faced abuse in their nursing homes. To learn more about how you can take action on behalf of your elderly loved one, contact our firm today.