Nursing Home Negligence
Peoria, Illinois’ Leading Negligence Attorneys
You want to know your loved ones are being properly cared for when living in a nursing home. However, if you notice signs of caretaker or doctor neglect, you must act fast. Benassi & Benassi, P.C. can help resolve cases of nursing home neglect, and ensure your loved ones are properly cared for.
What is Nursing Home Negligence?
Nursing home negligence is when the caretakers of a home are not properly caring for their residents, allowing them to suffer. There are several types of nursing home and hospital neglect you may witness, including:
- Medical Negligence – When a resident is not receiving proper medical attention, or not being given the proper treatment for conditions they have.
- Neglect of Basic Needs – A resident is not receiving basic needs when they are not provided the proper amount of food, water or safety.
- Neglect of Personal Hygiene – A caretaker may neglect a resident if not assisting them with cleaning, teeth brushing, laundry, bathing, etc.
- Social or Emotional Neglect – If a caretaker ignores residents or yells at them, this constitutes as social or emotional nursing home negligence.
What are the Signs of Neglect?
If you suspect your relative’s nursing home is guilty of nursing home negligence, be on the lookout for signs of neglect. If true, you may notice:
- Bedsores and pressure ulcers.
- Noticeable weight loss.
- Lack of water provided.
- Sickness and deterioration of health.
- Falls resulting in various types of injuries.
- General uncleanliness from the resident, room and facility.
- Depression or drastic changes in behavior.
- Unsafe conditions in the nursing home.
The Nursing Home Reform Act
There are protections in place to counter nursing home negligence. Under the Nursing Home Reform Act, nursing home facilities must meet certain federal requirements by law. Benassi & Benassi, P.C. can help you take legal action if you notice nursing homes violating these regulations:
- Provide service and activities that maintain the wellbeing of each resident, being physical, mental and psychosocial.
- Have enough nursing staff to handle the residents.
- Comprehensive and accurate assessments of each resident.
- Prevention of deterioration of ability to bathe, dress, groom, etc.
- Provide correct medical treatments.
- Make sure residents receive proper nutrition and hygiene care.
- Promote the overall health of residents.
- Ensure the appropriate amount of supervision to prevent injuries.
- Maintain proper fluid intake for residents.
- Treat each resident with dignity and respect.
In the state of Illinois, nursing homes must also follow the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. This act describes more detailed care for nursing home residents, ensuring the rights of residents to their finances, personal property, medical treatments and more.
When Should You Take Legal Action?
Benassi & Benassi, P.C. can help you with your nursing home negligence case when a nursing home has incurred one or more violations, including:
- An incident has caused or nearly caused the death of a resident (Type AA).
- A problem that has led to physical or mental harm, or a substantial probability of death (Type A).
- An event that would likely cause mental or physical harm (Type B).
- A situation that would not cause immediate physical or mental harm but could eventually lead to it (Type C).
Make Sure Your Loved Ones Are Cared For
If doctor, hospital or nursing home negligence is a concern of yours, you need the representation of Benassi & Benassi, P.C. As a leading malpractice and medical neglect lawyer, we’ve helped loved ones receive the care they deserve in Peoria IL and across the state. Call us today at (309) 517-1363. Also, we are located at 300 N.E., Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.