Nursing Home Neglect

A growing elderly population has led to increased incidence of nursing home negligence and abuse. State and federal regulations provide uniform standards for nursing homes and help to protect the safety of patients. Illinois nursing homes are licensed, regulated, and inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Financing Administration (HCFA).

The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 requires that certified nursing facilities “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident” in accordance with a specific plan of care.

Despite such safeguards, patients still suffer from nursing home neglect. Nursing home injuries may result from a single incident, or from ongoing neglect. Bedsores, injuries from falls, malnutrition or dehydration, gangrene, reactions to wrong medication, and other claims may arise out of nursing home negligence. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45/1) also protects the rights of residents at long term care facilities. A nursing home resident may recover for actual damages suffered as a result of “abuse” or neglect” under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Actual damages include the cost of past and future medical treatment. Additional claims may also be available for residents of nursing homes who have suffered from abuse or neglect.

If you believe your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, please call us at 312-782-4545 to schedule a free consultation.

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