There are three things you have to do if a loved one has been injured or abused in a nursing home.
There is nothing more heartbreaking and frustrating than entrusting your loved one to the people at a nursing home and having that trust betrayed when they abuse or neglect your loved one or hurt them. What makes matters worse is a lot of people don’t know what to do if they suspect abuse. Knowing what to do can really make a difference both in proving your case and in making sure that the ongoing care your loved one receives is at the high level they deserve. I wish everybody knew that they should do these three things. They are really important.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
The first thing you should do if you suspect nursing home abuse is have a presence at the nursing home. That means visit. Once a week is good. More than once a week is even better. Get your family and friends involved. I can tell you that it is a fact that the staff at these nursing homes usually pay more attention to patients with frequent visitors. That’s because they know you are watching them, so they do a better job of tending to your loved one’s needs. Making sure your loved one has visitors and those visitors ask questions means that the staff is going to take better care of your loved one. It also means that you will discover abuse or neglect or injury much faster.
Report Nursing Home Abuse To The State
The second thing you should do if you suspect injury, abuse or neglect of your loved one at a nursing home is to make a formal complaint and to report the nursing home to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Nursing Home Hotline is 800-252-4343. You can make a complaint at that phone number and the State of Illinois will investigate the nursing home for violating State and federal rules and they will get to the bottom of whether your loved one has been abused. This report helps a nursing home lawyer in bringing a case against the nursing home. Even if the report comes back with no violation you may still have a valid nursing home abuse case. But getting the state involved is a great idea that can really help a nursing home abuse and neglect case. Once you take this important step, nursing home abuse attorneys in Chicago can step in to help you determine if you have a case.
Move To a Different Nursing Home
The third thing I recommend to do if you suspect abuse or neglect is to move your loved one to a different nursing home. This is especially important if you have multiple disagreements with the staff or if you report the nursing home to the State for investigation. Nursing home staff are human beings. We would like to think that as human beings, they would have compassion for the elderly or the ill. But like all human beings, they are capable of being petty and taking revenge on your loved one because you’ve complained that they are not getting adequate care. Once you have a strong intuition or evidence of wrongdoing by the nursing home, you should immediately begin making plans to move your loved one to a different facility.
Hire Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Chicago
No one should go through this type of case on their own. Our professional staff is ready to assist you in moving forward with your case. Your loved one deserves respect and compassion in their later years and should be treated as a family member. We can help make sure that happens, whether through seeking compensation for abuse or by making sure nursing homes are held accountable for the actions of their employees.
I truly hope this information helps you. But I’m sure that you have more questions and worries. I’m available to give you a free case evaluation. Or if you are not ready to talk to a lawyer, I’ve created an injury DVD that explains your rights and answers lots of questions. Same deal. I offer it for free and no obligation. You can order it on the sidebar of this web page. Remember, we are here to help. Thanks for reading and good luck.
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