Helping the Victims of Medical Malpractice and Elder Abuse throughout Illinois
Nursing home negligence is particularly devastating for victims and the families who place their trust in them. Nursing home negligence can include both physical acts of abuse against patients, as well as neglect or negligent behavior, such as failing to reposition patients or assist them with eating, drinking and personal hygiene.
Cogan & Power, P.C. is a premier Chicago medical malpractice law firm that is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of the victims of nursing home negligence and elder abuse. We use a collaborative approach to legal representation, which allows us to draw on our attorneys’ diverse and extensive backgrounds, including that of two former defense attorneys and former in-house counsel at a teaching hospital, so that we can get our clients the compensation that they need and deserve.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate and well-respected Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence is not always visibly apparent, but some of the common signs of nursing home negligence include:
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Poor personal hygiene
- Unsanitary and dirty living conditions
- Soiled bed linens
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Open wounds or bed sores
- Sudden and unexplained changes in weight or emotional health
- Physical and emotional withdrawal
- Sudden and unusual financial transactions
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home facilities and their staff have an obligation to provide the appropriate level of care to ensure the safety of their nursing home residents. The failure to do so may be considered medical malpractice, which may entitle the victim (or his or her family in the event of death) to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages.
Some common types of nursing home negligence include:
- Lack of proper nutrition and hydration
- Lack of assistance with personal hygiene and bathroom functions
- Failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent falls and injuries
- Failure to promptly answer call lights
- Failure to turn residents to prevent bed sores
- Failure to provide prompt and appropriate medical care
Bed Sores and Fall Injuries Are Among the Most Common Nursing Home Negligence Injuries
Bed sores are one of the most common signs of nursing home negligence. In fact, one in 10 nursing home residents suffers from a bed sore, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Bedsores are caused by unrelieved pressure to the skin and can lead to serious health problems, such as infections and other life-threatening injuries. Nursing home residents are especially at risk for bed sores due to the amount of time that they may spend confined to a bed or wheelchair.
Nursing home negligence often results in fall injuries, as well. In fact, nursing home falls are the leading cause of preventable emergency room visits for nursing home residents and, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, approximately 1,800 deaths of nursing home residents each year can be attributed to fall-related injuries.
Contact a Skilled Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, contact the Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.