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Law Firm Assisting With Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases Throughout the U.S.

For many families, a nursing home or assisted living facility provides the best option to care for elderly loved ones. While we expect these facilities to provide excellent care that meets patients' needs, far too many cases have come to light in recent years in which residents of nursing homes were harmed because of abuse or neglect. When this happens, families should work with a skilled attorney to determine their legal options.

At Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims. Harm done to beloved family members who were unable to protect themselves or care for themselves is inexcusable, and we fight to achieve justice and ensure that those who have committed these acts are held responsible for the injuries they have caused.

Common Nursing Home Injuries

Whether they occur because of purposeful actions, failure of staff members to meet their responsibilities, or inadequate staffing, injuries to nursing home patients can be severe and life-threatening, drastically affecting their quality of life. Some common forms of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Physical abuse - Staff members may take improper action with patients, such as hitting or pushing them or using physical force to make them comply with requests. This abuse can not only lead to bodily injuries, but it can also cause serious emotional trauma.
  • Sexual abuse - Sadly, seniors are often the victims of sexual assault or inappropriate behavior from staff members or other nursing home residents. Elderly patients may be vulnerable and unable to defend themselves, and they may have difficulty speaking up about the abuse they have suffered due to fear or because they are unable to express themselves.
  • Improper restraint - Staff members may use unreasonable methods of physical restraint when dealing with a patient they believe is being difficult, and in some cases, they may use chemical restraints such as sedatives or improper doses of prescribed medications.
  • Falls - Elderly patients may be unsteady on their feet, and they should be closely monitored to ensure they do not fall and hurt themselves. Injuries can also result if a facility does not address hazards such as wet floors or inadequate lighting.
  • Malnutrition and dehydration - Patients can suffer serious harm if staff members do not ensure that their dietary needs are being met or that they are receiving the proper liquids.
  • Bedsores - Patients who are bedridden must be moved regularly, and if they are neglected, they can develop serious pressure sores that not only cause a great deal of pain, but threaten their overall health.
  • Infections - Patients who do not receive proper medical care may suffer from sepsis, respiratory infections, skin infections, gastrointestinal infections, or urinary tract infections.
  • Improper medical care - Nursing home residents should receive prompt treatment for any medical conditions they experience, and their health can be seriously affected if they do not receive the medical attention they need or if errors are made when administering their medications.

Contact an Illinois Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

Families experience a great deal of trauma when a loved one is injured because of abuse or neglect by those who were entrusted with their care. At TKK, we understand the sensitive and emotional nature of these situations, and we work with families to pursue full and fair compensation from the negligent nursing home personnel who have harmed them. Contact our Chicago law office at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.

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