Wrongful Death Due to Nursing Home Abuse

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

 

When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you hoped it would prolong their life, that the constant care they received would avoid the dangers of living alone or with only the intermittent care you could provide. You never thought your loved one would suffer premature death due to the abusive actions of nursing home employees or residents.

If you know or suspect that your loved one's death in a nursing home was due to the negligence of the nursing home, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss. To learn more, please call 312-265-2778 or email Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago today for a free case evaluation.

If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse, immediately notify the head of the nursing home and document it in writing. Ask the head of the organization to investigate and call you. Then:

  • Make more frequent, unexpected visits
  • Keep a close eye on the abused person
  • Document and photograph any bruises, cuts or bedsores
  • Follow up on your request with the head of the nursing home
  • Document what you are told and other things you observe at the home
  • Make a note of how the staff acts towards you
  • Talk to your loved one and other residents about signs

The first thing that you should look for when visiting nursing homes is at the staffing levels. It is critical that a nursing home is well staffed. This being because a vast majority of problems that can occur in a nursing home setting, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and even malnourishment occur almost uniformly because of understaffing. However, if there are a sufficient number of caregivers, it becomes difficult for one to ignore or abuse abuse a resident- because others are around and actively monitoring the residents.

 

Another thing to be mindful when visiting a nursing home is how the staff members interact with patients. Pay close attention to how the staff speaks to and handles the patients. Are they using their names? Do the staff members seem to know the patients or, given high turnover, are they strangers? The more close interaction you are able to observe, the better sense you’ll have for what type of facility the nursing home is and whether it is one you can entrust with the care of your elderly loved one.