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What to Expect During Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Litigation | Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

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With one in three registered nursing homes cited for abuse, nursing home neglect and injury are more common than one may want to think. Therefore, if you are like countless Americans with a loved one resigned to the care of a nursing home, it is imperative to be on guard of lapses in quality care. In a series of informative videos, Jonathan Rosenfeld, of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, seeks to explain factors behind such poor care in nursing homes. Attorney Rosenfeld emphasizes how having a competent personal injury attorney who specializes in neglect and injury in nursing homes can mean all the difference when advocating for quality care for your loved ones.

NURSING HOME NEGLECT

As an experienced Chicago nursing home lawyer, Attorney Rosenfeld explains common symptoms of nursing home neglect and how a qualified personal injury attorney can help you get your loved ones the relief they are entitled to. Patients that spend extended periods of time in bed are often subject to pressure ulcers, known more commonly as bedsores. Bedsores can range in severity from mild lacerations to deadly penetrations of the skin and muscle that can introduce serious infection into the body and even death. Such severe cases are sure signs of neglect. If your loved one shows symptoms of bedsores, even if benign in appearance, they could be an indication of lack of adequate attention from their nursing home provider.

Dehydration and malnutrition are other indicators of nursing home neglect. The elderly do not always have the physical ability to feed themselves or to even discern in some instances when they are thirsty. It is the responsibility of all nursing home facilities to come up with an individual care plan for each patient that highlights residents' special needs on an individual basis. If a resident has bedsores or is showing signs of dehydration or malnutrition, such plans are not being followed and patients are at risk. In such instances, it is advisable to contact a qualified Chicago nursing home lawyer who can discuss your options going forward.

INJURY TO NURSING HOME PATIENTS

Many people are forced to make the unfortunate decision of having to place a loved one into the care of a nursing home. However, with more and more people entering nursing homes every year, injury in nursing homes is becoming a growing problem. There are myriad ways a patient can be mistreated in a nursing home facility. Over-medication, often resulting in lethargy, seizures and even death is one of the most common.

Another often seen nursing home injury is a dropped patient. With a lot of nursing home patients unable to move, it becomes the staff's responsibility to assist in transferring such patients into wheelchairs, beds, etc. Such transfers fall under specific nursing home procedures but often protocol is not followed and patients are dropped and injured as a result.