The success of most medical malpractice lawsuits depends on assistance from medical professionals in building and supporting your case. Unfortunately, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that many healthcare professionals are unwilling to testify against their colleagues.

Various reasons were cited by the medical professionals contacted for the research published in the NEJM, but the bottom line often came down to money. A majority of respondents stated they feared a loss of referrals or other professional repercussions, which combined to make them unwilling to testify against their peers.

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The Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates understand what we are up against when trying to win these cases. We work with honest, reputable, and committed healthcare professionals to comb records for signs of medical negligence. We work with these same professionals to provide expert testimony when a case goes to trial.

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

If you believe a loved one could be suffering from abuse or neglect, you do have options available to you. First off, The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of enforcing the Nursing Home Care Act throughout the state of Illinois, and all facilities that fall under the definition of a long term care facility are required to comply with the Act.  First off you can file a complaint with the long-term care ombudsman, who is legally required to investigate your complaint and ensure that the facility complies with the acts required.  If a long-term care facility violates the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and fails to comply can result in a more in-depth investigation, fines, and other penalties for any violations found.

To learn more about the options you have when you suspect that your family member could be the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, we recommend consulting one of our experienced attorneys.