Romeoville nursing home abuse lawyers
When a nursing home fails to protect the wellbeing and rights of its residents, it can be nursing home abuse. The term “nursing home abuse” incorporates many types of psychology, emotional and physical abuses that can occur. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse does occur in Romeoville.
What is Nursing Home Abuse in Romeoville?
In Romeoville, nursing home abuse is any type of intentional act or neglect committed by a long-term nursing facility. If the abuse is physical, hitting and pushing are some types of things that occur. If neglect occurs, it is the failure to provide standard care. This care doesn’t have to be the best medical care. It just can’t harm the resident.
Sexual abuse is another type of nursing home abuse. It occurs when a resident is used for the sexual gratification of a nursing home staff member. Mental or psychological abuse occurs when the staff is verbally abusive or withholds important things like medication.
Regardless of the type of harm done, it causes injury to the resident. The injury may cause the resident’s family to hire a nursing home abuse lawyer to obtain money to pay for injuries suffered.
Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in Romeoville.
If a family member suspects their loved one was injured because of nursing home abuse, they may not know the signs of neglect or abuse. Some signs of nursing home abuse include:
1. Malnutrition and Dehydration
3. Pressure Sores
4. Chemical or Physical Restraints
6. Wandering from the Facility
7. Medication Errors
10. Crying Around Nursing Home Staff
Types of Nursing Home Abuse Claims in Romeoville.
A nursing home is liable for the nursing care it and its’ employees provide. Examples of nursing home civil actions include:
1. Negligent hiring and retention of its employees. Long-term care facilities are responsible for hiring people who will not intentionally or negligently harm residents. When that doesn’t happen and a resident is injured, it may result in a lawsuit.
2. Negligent personal care and supervision of a resident or residents.
3. Negligent maintenance or selection of equipment.
4. Negligent maintenance of nursing home premises.
Proving a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in Romeoville.
In civil court, a Romeoville nursing home claim must be proven according to elements provided by the state of Illinois. Each element must be supported by evidence, witness statements and expert testimony and proven separately.
1. Legal Duty: Each Romeoville nursing home facility has a legal duty to provide residents with standard medical care. Standard medical care is care that doesn’t cause an additional injury to a resident.
2. Legal Duty Breached: When a nursing home breaches its legal duty, it fails to do something such as hire an employee who won’t abuse residents. This failure to provide standard care is called substandard care.
3. Causation: The nursing home or its employee must be the cause of the substandard care. They must negligently or intentionally fail to prevent abuse from occurring to the resident. The court makes a plaintiff prove the nursing home caused the resident’s injury by connecting the injury to their actions. For example, if the nursing home had provided the resident with their proper dose of medication, they wouldn’t have suffered a heart attack.
4. Damages: The family has the responsibility of proving they and their loved one incurred damages or additional bills because of the legal duty breach. Damages include additional medical bills, rehabilitation and therapy.
Let Zayed Law Offices Help You Prove Your Nursing Home Abuse Claim.
It wasn’t supposed to happen. You trusted the nursing home to care for your loved one, not injury them. You have the power to make things right. Zayed Law Offices can help you file a nursing home abuse claim and prove it. We will also settle any nursing home abuse claim on your behalf. No amount of money can change what happened. However, it can teach the nursing home a financial lesson about harming their residents. Contact us immediately for a free case evaluation.