Nursing Home Neglect

The elderly are among the most vulnerable members of society when it comes to abuse, neglect and malpractice.  While we entrust professionals with the care of our elderly relatives, many times these professionals fall short in their duties or abuse the power they have over victims who cannot defend themselves.  If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, medical malpractice lawyers in Chicago can help.

People under full-time nursing care often do not have the ability to communicate abuse or neglect, or are too embarrassed or confused to do so.  While it is difficult to determine the prevalence of abuse, the National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that between one and two million Americans over age 65 have been injured or mistreated by caregivers.  Common types of elder abuse that occur in nursing home settings include the following:

  • Physical, verbal or sexual abuse
  • Bed sores
  • Failure to properly supervise
  • General neglect
  • Malnutrition or dehydration

The reasons for abuse and neglect are varied and can include caregivers being overworked, understaffed, improperly trained or simply cruel.  Whatever the cause, abuse and neglect in nursing homes is inexcusable and victims and their families are entitled to compensation.  If you believe a loved one has been abused or mistreated by a caregiver or in a nursing home, Illinois medical malpractice attorneys can help you seek justice for your family.

The attorneys of Phillips Law Offices offer comprehensive legal services to malpractice victims and their families throughout Illinois. Contact us today for skilled legal guidance.