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Injury Victory in Court!

Injury Victory in Court!

I represent an older lady who qualifies under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to get public transportation rides to and from home. She got hurt getting into the vehicle, because, contrary to their own company rules, the driver did not get out of the vehicle and assist.

This is bad enough.

But then, their insurance company lawyer filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, arguing that this specialty transportation service had no “legal duty” to follow their own safety rules. Despicable.

After research, depositions, discovery, and legal briefs, the Judge (a great, experienced judge, by the way) ruled in our favor today over on the Daley Center. My client will get her jury trial in Court.

It feels good when I am able to help folks who do not stand much of a chance against expensive insurance company lawyers who are up to no good. It makes the job worthwhile. It’s why I am a lawyer.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Blind Justice Podcast – Episode 101 – Personal Injury

Blind Justice Podcast - Episode 101 - Personal Injury

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

For many kids, the most difficult thing they will ever do is put their loved one into a nursing home.

However, they do this with the trust that their loved one will be well-taken-care-of. This trust is not unwarranted. Nursing homes are premised upon the assumption that your loved one will receive better care in a facility then they would on their own. For many this is true, but unfortunately for some, it is not. When your loved one is victimized by the staff at a nursing home, you need a nursing home abuse attorney in Chicago to help you fight for your loved one's rights.

Your Loved One Has Rights

Any resident of a Medicare or Medicaid-certified nursing home has a number of rights and protections under both federal and state law. These rights should be explained in writing at the time someone is admitted to the nursing home and continue to be explained in a way said resident can understand throughout the term of their stay. Residents must own a copy of their rights in writing and acknowledge that they understand them. Yet, however standardized these regulations attempt to be there are still many cases of nursing home abuse and neglect on our nation's elderly.

Around 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes, and as the population ages and baby boomers become elders this number is only expected to increase.

A congressional report conducted over a 2-year period found that nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violations with the potential to cause harm and almost 10 percent had violations that caused actual harm or even death. Another survey found that up to 44 percent of nursing home residents reported having been abused at some point during their residency. These awful numbers have caught the attention of state legislatures, prompting anti-elder-abuse laws in all 50 states. However, sadly nursing home abuse continues to occur and often goes unreported.

Don't Go Through It Alone

If you suspect nursing home abuse, you don't have to go through it alone. This can be a confusing time. You entrusted the care of your loved one to the nursing home and their staff and they have let you down. It can be difficult to believe and may leave you in denial or search for answers that aren't there. When you are in this state of mind, it's best not to handle the case on your own.

You need the assistance of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Chicago so you don't make any mistakes that could cost you the compensation your loved one deserves.

With the help of an attorney, you can get the case settled, while still giving your loved one the attention he or she needs in this difficult time.

Count on Experience

A qualified nursing home abuse attorney in Chicago will have handled a vast number of cases similar to yours. Their expertise can be invaluable in determining the best course of action to take and what compensation to seek. They won't allow you to aim higher than you deserve, only to be disappointed by the final result.

A lawyer can keep your expectations grounded and help you move forward on the path to healing.

Get Help From The Law Offices Of Scott D. DeSalvo, LLC

If you think your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect then you need the help of a Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer. A consultation is free and can take place in person or over the telephone.

A nursing home abuse lawyer understands the rights that should be afforded to residents and can assess whether or not those rights are being violated. Their expertise in the field will allow you to build the strongest case for your loved one so they receive the treatment they deserve. Don't let the nursing home abuse go unreported. Contact the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo, LLC, and get the legal counsel you need. Call us today to get your case started.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or have questions about an injury case, I offer injured people a copy of my FREE Injury DVD and Book.  Just call me at my 24/7/365 toll free number 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318)  and ask for the free injury book, and give us you name and mailing address and I will mail it to you free of charge and no obligtion.  Or if you are ready to talk, call that same number and ask to speak with me!

If you have been hurt and have questions, call me for a free consultation.

Source: Medicare.gov and Nursing Home Abuse Guide

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Inside, You'll Discover How To:

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  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

As our population ages, more and more of our elderly are moving into nursing homes. Approximately 1.3 million elderly currently live in nursing homes where they rely on long-term continuous care. Up to 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point in their lives, and this number is only expected to increase as our population gets older. These people put their trust, money, and health into the care of nursing home facilities and their staff. We expect these facilities to value their residents and treat them with dignity and respect, however, too often this is not the case.

A survey of nursing homes found that up to 44 percent of residents had experienced abuse at some point during their residency. A congressional report also found that almost 1 in 3 nursing homes had been cited for violations that had the potential to cause home and nearly 10 percent of all nursing homes had violations that actually caused harm or death. Nursing home residents who are abused have a 300 percent greater chance of death in the three years after the abuse than their non-abused counterparts. Nursing home abuse is a real and present danger for many elderly and their families which is why it is so important to find a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney if you suspect abuse in you or your loved one’s nursing home.

If you notice signs of abuse and neglect in your loved one then you should contact a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney to discuss the legal avenues available to you. Signs of abuse include but are not limited to emotional withdrawal, weight loss, unexplained injuries, social isolation, and any physical or emotional behavior that is out of the ordinary for your loved one.

Call a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney at The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo right away if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected at their nursing home. We will be able to provide you professional legal counsel and help you and your loved one get the justice they deserve. Contact us right away to get your case started.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

How A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Chicago Can Help You

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 the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo. We have helped many clients fight for the justice they deserve and are dedicated to doing the same for you and your loved one. Call us today to get your case started.

If you still have some questions, you can call me for a free case evaluation.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

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  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

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 gets worse every time you move, every time you 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 anymore, 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) of the neck. These kinds of neck injuries almost always damage the “shock absorber” disks, too.  If their bones are displaced or are broken into many pieces, then you will almost certainly have to have neck surgery to help the bones heal and fix the damages disks in the neck.

The troubling thing about a neck injury is that whether you have a ‘soft tissue” or ‘whiplash’ injury or a very severe herniated disk, the pain and disability and bad effect on your daily routine is very similar.  In other words, it is impossible to know HOW BAD the injury is, or HOW LONG IT WILL LAST just based on your symptoms.

Many of my clients with a neck injury started out not wanting to see a doctor for their car crash or work injury.  As the days went by, the pain got worse.  Some of them had a short-term injury, and others needed neck surgery.

If you or a loved one has been hurt and sustained an injury to the neck, your first priority is to get in to see a doctor right away.  If there is a pinched nerve in the neck, you could be doing permanent injury to your nerves if it is not addressed right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.  I offer a free, no obligation  DVD that explains your legal rights, and I also offer a free case evaluation. Either way, whether you just want to watch the DVD or talk to a real, experienced neck injury lawyer, I am here to help you.  So relax and give me a ring at 312-895-0545.  I hope you have found this information to be helpful, and please know that I am here to answer any questions you might have about your neck injury.

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

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 always better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so you 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.

Why get in touch with an Injury Lawyer soon after an Accident?

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 lawsuit.

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 a 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 ALL the bases for liability. In work injury cases, there is a 45-day deadline for reporting an injury, and getting me involved right away means that I can make sure that the Workers Comp insurance company is paying your salary and guaranteeing payment to the doctors so you can get the necessary medical treatment. These are just two examples. But there are lots of reasons why success in an injury claim or case hinges on early involvement from an aggressive, competent injury lawyer.

There is no reason for you NOT to speak with a lawyer. Virtually all injury lawyers (I included, of course!) offer free case evaluation for people who have been injured in a car crash, work injury, fall down, motorcycle crash, whatever kind of injury. That means we talk and I answer your questions for free, either in person or on the telephone, as you prefer.

Sometimes, I have to turn down a case because a person waited too long to call me about their injuries, and I never want that to happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you a bad person to be the victim of injury, and you have a right to know your options and your rights. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give me a call about your personal injury situation, even if it HAS been a long time since you or a loved one has been hurt. I am very good at putting cases together quickly, but it is always better to call early on!

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  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Chicago – 3 Things You MUST DO

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Chicago - 3 Things You MUST DO

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Chicago

Chicago injury lawyer Scott D. DeSalvo explains the three things you MUST do if you or a loved one has been abused or injured in a nursing home. Doing these three things will protect your loved one from further abuse and protect your ability to maintain a nursing home abuse case.

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Nursing Home Injury Lawyer – Nursing Home Case?

Nursing Home Injury Lawyer – Nursing Home Case?

What To Do If You Have A Nursing Home Case?

In this short, informative video, Chicago Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Scott D. DeSalvo answers the question “What Should I Do If I Have A Nursing Home Injury Case? What if It Is a Tough Case?” in answering the video, Mr. DeSalvo tells you about a tough Nursing Home injury case he was able to settle and derives lessons that are universal from that case.

Hi, guys. Nursing home injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo here.

Today I’m gonna answer the question: What should I do if I have a nursing home case, but it’s got some problems? How should I handle it?

I’m gonna tell you a little about a case that I was just involved in with another attorney, and we were able to settle the case recently.

We had an older gentleman in a nursing home who had lots of breathing problems. He had advanced COPD. He had lots of breathing problems. He would sometimes have worse breathing problems, and then he would get better, and worse, and better.

One morning, he had really bad breathing problems, which was charted in his chart at about 9:00 AM. The nursing home didn’t send him to the hospital until about 2:00 in the afternoon. They were charting serious problems. They didn’t even call his doctor till noon, and then finally got him to the hospital several hours later.

Now, the argument here on our side is obviously when you know you’ve got a patient with breathing problems, and they exhibit more serious breathing problems, you have to call the doctor and get him to a hospital immediately, because you already know his breathing is weak. If there are any problems that manifest, it’s much more serious for somebody with a breathing problem than somebody who’s normal. For example, if I had a breathing problem and I started coughing, you’d take it more seriously than if I never had a breathing problem and then I started coughing and wheezing. You’d jump right on it if I had a preexisting problem with it. They didn’t do that.

The problem here, though, is the weakness in the case was: How do we prove that his passing away was related to the delay in the medical treatment versus just the fact that he was very old, very sick, and had a lot of medical problems?

The problem is in front of a jury, we couldn’t be sure that we had a solid chance to win. Really, that’s when these cases settle, when the defense and the insurance company is afraid that they might get hit at trial, and on our side, we’re willing to compromise.

We were able to get a great settlement in a case, but only because good attorneys who cared about the case and spent two or three years litigating and working on the case put it together and pushed the insurance company into sitting down at the table and talking about a settlement.

So why am I telling you the story?

Well, that’s the advice I’m giving you. It is really important if you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, or a nursing home injury or even a medical mistake to talk to a lawyer who’s gonna do the work.

You need to talk to a lawyer with experience who treats you like a human being, gets the information from you, has open communication with you. Then, it’s gotta be a lawyer who is gonna sit down and really analyze the case and push the case forward.

You know, had we not worked on this case and done a lot of litigation in it before the pre-trial, the defendants probably never would have come to the settlement table. But it’s caring for the patient, caring for the client, and because you care about them, you work hard on the case for them that sends a signal to the insurance company that even in a case with challenges or problems, even with cases you’re not sure that you can win at trial, those are the kinds of cases that you can get to the settlement table and resolve if you’ve got an attorney doing the right thing.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

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  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Avoiding the Horror of Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

Avoiding the Horror of Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

When it comes to nursing home abuse Illinois is like any other state.

That is, we know that it happens here because it happens everywhere.

Ten percent of senior citizens have been victims of elder abuse. You may trust the nursing home facility where your loved one is being cared for. However, you don't know if they're earning that trust.

Oftentimes, the victims of elder abuse are also made to feel that they will not be believed when they discuss their experiences.

Make sure you take these steps to prevent your relatives from being victims of nursing home abuse. Know what options you have if your relative is being victimized.

Know The Signs

Nursing home abuse is happening all across America. The reason it's so common and underreported is that people often don't know what to suspect.

People committing nursing home abuse are dependent upon the fact that the victims won't be believed (due to the decline in mental faculties associated with aging.) Or, they believe the victim will be too humiliated to speak up.

It's what makes this crime so widespread -- but also so sickening. If they suspect nursing home abuse Illinois residents can fight back by knowing the signs.

Silence and Isolation

As we said, the reason so many nursing homes and nursing home workers feel entitled to commit this abuse is the low likelihood of reporting.

In some cases, it's because of the mental faculties of residents. A person may have Alzheimer's, Dementia, or just be experiencing senility. In any case, these conditions will make it a lot harder for residents to articulate abuse.

Another reason is the humiliation associated with reporting abuse. The psychological trauma associated with the abuse suffered in nursing homes can make it a lot harder to report the incident or incidents.

In either case, if your loved one is less talkative and seeks isolation repeatedly, there is very likely a reason for it.

Bed Sores or Injuries

Unexplained injuries are a telltale symptom of physical abuse being experienced in a nursing home.

Senior citizens are a lot less likely than the average person to engage in a strenuous physical activity. It is possible that a fall or a bumped knee could be to blame for a bruise or welt on an elderly person.

But it's more likely a sign of nursing home abuse Illinois residents should dread seeing.

Bed sores, like bruises, can also be a symptom of nursing home abuse. These are more likely to be ignored because people tend to think of them as the result of aging and being less mobile.

But they often signify something darker. In either case, you should ask what's happening to your relatives.

Dehydration, Weight Loss, Or Lack of Sanitation

There is absolutely no reason for anybody to be dehydrated in a nursing home.

Dehydration, as we all know, happens because you have not consumed enough water. In a nursing home, attendants are supposed to make sure their relatives are consuming the water they need.

This is what makes dehydration a sign of nursing home abuse Illinois residents need to be aware of. If your relative is dehydrated, your relative is neglected.

Weight loss and unsanitary conditions are also serious warning signs. If your relative is not being fed or is not having their room cleaned, they are likely being neglected.

Neglect is one of the most prevalent forms of elder abuse. That makes it absolutely essential that people know these signs.

Unexpected Death

Unfortunately, this is often the end result of elder abuse.

When it comes to nursing home abuse Illinois residents need to know the signs because older bodies can take a lot less harm or neglect than those of younger people.

That means that older people are far more likely to be killed by the abuse they experience than their younger counterparts. So don't wait to see the signs.

What To Do If You Suspect It

It's easy to see nursing homes as giant and untouchable entities. If you take this view, it's likely that you will fail to realize that you can fight back against elder abuse when it happens to you or your loved ones.

When it comes to nursing home abuse Illinois protects its residents, as does the United States.

These facilities are federally regulated, and if there is abuse happening you are within your rights to seek recourse.

But before you take legal action, you need to act to protect your loved one and other senior citizens from the facility.

To protect your relative, visit the nursing home frequently. Nursing homes generally pay more attention to and take better care of residents with families who frequently visit the home.

The next step is reporting the nursing home to the state. It's likely more than just your relative who is being put at risk: this abuse is often systematic. Filing a report is the best way to put a stop to it and protect all families.

Finally, make sure to transfer your relative to a different facility immediately. At the new facility, visit as frequently as possible to make sure your relative isn't experiencing the same abuse in a different location.

Nursing Home Abuse Illinois: Take Action

When they witness or suspect nursing home abuse Illinois residents can, and should, take immediate legal action.

This is a systematic problem precisely because legal recourse is not taken nearly enough. Meanwhile, senior citizens are being hurt, humiliated, and even killed at alarming rates.

Elder abuse is one of our areas of specialty. This problem is important to us because we believe our elders need to be treated with respect and dignity at all stages of life.

We also believe that families should be able to trust nursing homes to guide our loved ones through their golden years.

We want to help make these beliefs a reality in the state of Illinois. If you suspect or know that your loved one is the victim of elder abuse, contact us immediately.

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