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59 year old machinist crushed when a semi-truck rolled off hydraulic jacks because the parking brakes were not engaged.

outcome:
$725,000 SETTLEMENT

42 year old mother sustained a torn rotator cuff when she was sideswiped by a defendant truck driver carrying 40,000 lbs. of bricks.

outcome:
$325,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client suffered shoulder and ankle injuries when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.

outcome:
$500,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client sustained aggravation to pre-existing spinal stenosis after being rear ended on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

outcome:
$475,000 SETTLEMENT​

Minor client suffered a knee injury on trampoline due to rocket bouncing requiring ACL reconstruction, medical and lateral meniscus repairs

outcome:
$322,030.70 JUDGEMENT

Client was injured in an extremely complex pedestrian accident

outcome:
$200,000 SETTLEMENT

Recovery made for estate of a talented young comedian who lost control of his vehicle while intoxicated.

outcome:
$225,000 Settlement

Our client suffered a shoulder injury when he tripped over rusty tomato cages in the garage of a general contractor

outcome:
$200,000 Settlement

57 year old mother suffered a fractured hip when she was t-boned by an intoxicated hit-and-run driver.

outcome:
$225,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client tripped over a tablecloth at a municipal building and had been turned down by 3 other firms when she was finally referred to our firm.

outcome:
$105,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client had a surgical tool left inside her body during an invasive surgery.

outcome:
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Our client was attacked and bitten by a dog while on her postal route.

outcome:
$105,000 SETTLEMENT

We pride ourselves on being responsive to every client’s needs. We understand the challenges faced after being in a serious accident and the importance of attorneys being there for you. At Zayed Law Offices, ensuring every client receives the attention they deserve is our top priority.

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Dupage County Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are over 1,200 nursing homes in the state. The organization conducts 10,000 inspections and surveys each year. There is a 24-hour hotline for complaints, and that IDPH line received over 19,000 calls last year. There were 5,000 complaints filed. Some of the complaints filed with the organization were related to nursing home abuse. Elderly nursing home residents are often abused by financial exploit, physical assault or neglect.

Is Nursing Home Abuse Avoidable?

Unfortunately, even the nicest and most expensive facilities may make mistakes when hiring staff. One abusive caregiver can traumatize many elderly residents or take their money. The IDPH provides a written guide on its site for selecting a good nursing home. While following the guide can reduce the risk of choosing a low-quality home, it cannot prevent abuse from happening. Choosing a nursing home that is not understaffed is a good way to lower the risk of an elderly loved one being neglected. However, neglect sometimes happens in homes with ample staff. Since abuse and neglect are not completely avoidable, everyone must know how to watch for signs of ill treatment and how to report their concerns.

Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse

Since the signs of abuse can also be signs of depression, medication effects and dementia, identifying abuse only by in-person observation can be difficult. These are some signs to watch for in elderly loved ones:

  • Skin tears or bruises
  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Mood swings
  • Noticeable fear of a specific caregiver
  • Frequent and sudden crying
  • Lingering body odor
  • Bedsores

In severe cases of abuse, a person may have broken or fractured bones. There may be large lacerations or burns. In some instances, elderly people have had throat marks that indicate a choking attempt. Since most elderly people who can communicate will not talk about abuse out of shame or fear of retaliation, they suffer for long periods before someone helps. Also, some people who are abused are unable to form coherent sentences due to age-related illnesses.

Where To Find Advocates For Nursing Home Abuse Victims

Anyone who sees an elderly person being abused in a nursing home has a duty to report the incident. Suspected abuse must also be reported. If you see a loved one being abused, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers. The Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act was passed in the late 1980s to protect all elderly individuals in skilled-care facilities and in private settings.

At Zayed Law Offices, our attorneys have handled many types of elder abuse cases with causes such as inadequate staffing, physical assault, sexual assault, financial abuse and more. We know the right local agencies to contact to report suspected or confirmed abuse. A qualified agency can perform an investigation. If there is reason to investigate further, a judge will issue an order of protection for your loved one while the investigation is open. When abuse is confirmed, the judge has expansive discretion for deciding disciplinary actions.

Abusing an elderly person through neglect, physical harm or financial harm is a criminal offense. When you report criminal caregivers, you help remove them from the environment and take away their privilege to be trusted with caring for vulnerable people. In addition to helping a loved one, you may be helping many other suffering elders. Investigations often uncover additional forms of abuse or negligence. For example, a nursing home may not be training staff to use a lift correctly, and they may frequently drop residents. The residents may get bruises, fractures or broken bones. Also, some facilities have careless medication distributors. Frequent medication errors can put the health of your loved one at risk. A diabetic missing an insulin dose or a resident receiving a different person’s medications are dangerous errors.

Let our compassionate attorneys help your loved one seek compensation for injuries and damages. Please contact us for a free consultation if you live in Illinois. We are here to discuss your concerns and contact the appropriate investigative agencies if necessary.

Sources
https://www.illinois.gov/aging/ProtectionAdvocacy/Documents/ea-act_book.pdf
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/health-care-regulation/nursing-homes

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