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What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a problem facing many of our nation’s elderly. As people grow older they are less likely to be able to provide proper care for themselves which is why nursing facilities exist – to provide the care that the elderly cannot give themselves. We trust that these facilities have the right equipment, staff, training, resources, and ethos to take care of their residents. However, this often is not true. Many nursing home residents end up being abused or neglected at some point during their residency and studies have shown that abuse/neglect has detrimental results on their health. A nursing home negligence attorney Chicago can provide the legal counsel and expertise to help you or someone you love get the justice they deserve.  Elderly who are abused and/or neglected are 300 times more likely to die than those who are not abused/neglected. Considering that approximately 1 out of every 10 elderly experience abuse this is an extremely dangerous pattern that needs to be addressed by a nursing home negligence attorney Chicago. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is dedicated to helping fight nursing home neglect and abuse. If you are looking for a nursing home negligence attorney Chicago then call our office right away. Identifying nursing home neglect can be tricky, especially as a nonresident outsider. Here are some forms of nursing home neglect and their symptoms. Types of Nursing Home Neglect Physical: The literal physical neglect of nursing home residents by staff is one of the most common forms of nursing home negligence. Refusing to help residents relieve themselves, to help them get their meals...

How A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Chicago Can Help You

In the state of Illinois nursing home residents are protected under the law from nursing home abuse and neglect to ensure their safety and well being. Residents are protected under both state and federal laws and if their rights are violated the nursing home can be liable both civilly and criminally. In Illinois, government agencies are responsible for investigating, taking in complaints, and ensuring the safety of nursing home residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45) protects nursing home residents and their right to complain, right to a doctor of their own choosing, access to their own medical records, and a number of other rights to their bodies and decisions. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act also means that should a nursing home violate any of the legally protected rights of its residents then said residents can take legal action. This is when the help of a nursing home abuse attorney Chicago is needed. Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Chicago An experienced nursing home abuse attorney Chicago will be the biggest asset to your case. Here is what an attorney can do for you and your loved one. Take a professional assessment of the alleged abuse and provide legal counsel as to whether or not you have a case. Contact the proper authorities and agencies to file a complaint and get an investigation started. Help you and your loved one compile the evidence needed to fight and win a nursing home abuse case. Represent you and your loved in court. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo If you need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney Chicago contact...

Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

I was reviewing my legal case files and noticed that about half of my clients waited a LONG time before contacting me about their injuries. This is true in car accident cases, fall down injuries, work injuries, you name it. It is alwyas better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so your know “The Rules” and you know your rights and the correct way to proceed, whether you hire a lawyer or not. But as you will see, there is NO DOWNSIDE and lots of good reasons to talk to an injury lawyer right away. There are plenty of reasons that people DO NOT speak with an injury lawyer soon after a crash. One is that they hope that their injuries will get better on their own, and they do not want to make a big deal about it. Some people who are hurt at work are worried that if they report their injury, they will get in trouble at work or lose their job. Some people do not like the idea of being “one of those people” who hire a lawyer and files a law suit. The trouble with delaying speaking with a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer is that it can hurt your case and make your case harder to prove, and possibly result in a lesser recovery for your injuries. For example, in a fall down case, I like to have a lot of time to investigate the scene, seek out witnesses, get photographs of the scene, and sometimes, consult with my architect/structural engineer witness to make sure that we have considered...

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Sustaining a neck injury is one of the most frustrating injuries to have, and also one of the most painful and life-altering. Neck injuries are invisible.  There is usually no bruising or bleeding or cuts to see.  But once you have neck pain from a neck injury, you realize for the first time how heavy your head is, and how many times every day you turn your neck. That’s because neck pain get worse every time you move, every time your use your arms, and even when you lay down to try to go to sleep. My clients typically get neck injuries due to car accidents, work accidents, construction accidents and fall down cases.  And the severity and permanence of neck injuries can vary greatly. If you sustain a ‘whiplash’ type of injury to the neck, you are most likely to have a muscle  sprain or strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.  These injuries can heal in 8 weeks with proper therapy and medical care.  Or, they can become chronic pain conditions. You can also herniate the ‘shock absorber’ disks in your neck.  The whiplash movement can actually tear the disk and then the disk does not act as a spacer or shock absorber as well any more, and that can cause pressure on the nerves and a lot of pain. Treatment for a herniated or ruptured cervical (neck) disk can include physical therapy, pain medication, and even injections and surgery.  In rare cases, multiple surgeries may be necessary. Finally, a direct blow or trauma to the neck can cause a fracture of the vertebrae (bones)...

Back Injury? Get the Help You Need.

A back injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries people can get in car crashes, fall down accident and injuries at work.  They can range from a temporary tweak to a very serious, debilitating kind of injury which could require multiple surgeries and mean that you may never return to work.  Serious business. But the real danger of a back injury is this:  MOST BACK INJURIES HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ACCIDENT. That means that thousands of people who have been involved in a auto accident or a work injury start out with mild tightness and complaints of pain.  The pain and tightness and disability grows over the hours and days after the back injury.  And then, for the more minor injuries, the patient starts to get better, and for the unfortunate people with serious injuries, the pain get worse and worse until it is unbearable and debilitating. Some back injuries involve actual broken bones — fracture of the bony vertebrae.  With this kind of back injury, pain and disability/inability to walk is almost instant after the crash or accident. But the vast majority of back injuries involve the softer, gel-like disks in the back, which are between and cushion the vertebrae. Trauma like an accident, a fall, or a work injury, can result in damage or a tear to these disks, which are nature’s “shock absorbers” for your back.  Once a disk or disks are ruptured or herniated in your back, there are a couple of possibilities. It may mean that after a recovery, you will be pretty much okay, even though you...
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