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Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys

It is not an easy decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. You put extensive time into researching the best option, and you took great care in ensuring he or she is in the right place.

When you place a loved one in an Illinois nursing home, it is with the expectation that he or she will receive appropriate care. It is an act of trust to place a family member in the care of a medical facility, and it can be infuriating and heartbreaking to learn the nursing home violated that trust.

Is Your Loved One Experiencing Mistreatment In A Nursing Home?

The attorneys at Taradash Johnson Janezic in McHenry stand up for the rights of individuals who suffered because of the negligent or abusive actions of individuals who work in or operate nursing homes. If you suspect your parent, friend or loved one is a victim of inappropriate care, negligence, abuse or mistreatment of any kind, we can help your family take action on his or her behalf.

Who Is To Blame When A Loved One Is Injured?

We can help you hold the appropriate parties accountable for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

Whether it was due to insufficient staffing, improper employee background checks, lack of training, or overcrowding, nursing homes are liable when they fail to provide appropriate care and protection to all residents and patients. Neglect, improper care and other types of abuse can lead to the following complications:

  • Decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure sores, from failing to turn and move a bedridden patient
  • Health complications such as dehydration and malnutrition due to lack of nutritional care and supervision
  • Physical injuries from drops, falls and lack of proper care
  • Elopement, patients wandering off due to lack of supervision

Lack of supervision can lead to issues such as patients wandering off and preventable falls. In other cases, abuse includes financial exploitation or even sexual abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing any type of mistreatment or lack of proper care, we can help. Since 1981, our attorneys have defended the interests of over 15,000 clients, and our lawyers have the experience necessary to file a civil claim and pursue rightful compensation for your loved one.

Nursing Home Regulation In Illinois

In Illinois, the care and treatment of residents in nursing homes is closely regulated to ensure their safety and well-being. The state is home to approximately 1200 long-term care facilities, serving around 100,000 residents, including older adults and younger individuals with specific medical needs.

These facilities are subject to oversight by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

At the center of this regulation is the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The Act covers:

  • The rights of residents, include their right to privacy, the right to participate in their own care and the right to be free from abuse and neglect.
  • The quality of care residents receive, like proper nutrition, hydration and medical care. Opportunities for physical, mental and social activities also fall into this category.
  • Staffing requirements for nursing homes, including the number of nurses, aides and other staff members that must be available to care for residents.
  • Procedures for residents and their families to file complaints about the care they receive in nursing homes.
  • Authority by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to inspect nursing homes and enforce the Act’s provisions.

The Illinois Department of Public Health offers a comprehensive guide to picking a nursing home, which includes information on evaluating the quality of care, assessing the facility’s compliance with regulations and understanding the rights and protections available to residents.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) oversees Medicaid-funded long-term care services throughout the state. As the primary agency responsible for administering Medicaid in Illinois, HFS ensures eligible individuals have access to essential long-term care services and support. The IDPH website also provides information on state regulations, inspection reports and resources for families and residents.

We Offer Free Initial Case Evaluations

If you know or suspect your loved one experienced mistreatment in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you can take advantage of our offer for free initial case evaluations. This can help you understand your options. For hometown service with big city results, call 815-669-4635 for more information.