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What to Know About Nursing Home Neglect in Illinois

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2022 | Heller Law

Do you have a family member within a nursing home that has been neglected or abused? We’re going to help you understand what some warning signs may be along with giving you information on how your family member is protected by state and federal laws.



What is nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a type of elder abuse that has been committed within an assisted living facility. This can happen when residents are not being taken care of within the facility by the staff that work there. If residents are going through nursing home neglect you can take legal action.

Here are the types of nursing home neglect:
  • Loss or Lack of Mobility
  • Psychological Issues
  • Poor Residential Hygiene
  • Inadequate Nutrition
  • Unexplained Injuries
  • Poor Living Conditions

These are the different types of how someone who lives at an assisted living facility may encounter these different types of neglect. If you know someone who is going through these difficulties near Chicago or Southern Wisconsin our team at Heller, Trakhtman & Associates can help you.

Here are some examples of nursing home neglect:
  • Resident stranded within their room for hours if they have mobility problems
  • Not calling a nurse or doctor if needed
  • Not cleaning residents room daily
  • Not changing the residents bed or clothing
  • Not giving residents enough water or food
  • Not cleaning residents
  • Not treating residents health problems

If your loved one is encountering any of the following types or examples don’t be afraid to reach out to the authorities for help. This can range from local law enforcement to lawyers, your loved one is protected by laws and can be assisted to get them free of the neglect they are experiencing. It can be difficult to share these concerns with a loved one but you want to make sure that they are happy and well taken care of while living at an assisted living facility.

What are the steps for hiring a medical malpractice attorney?

The first step is to file a “Affidavit of Merit” in the state of Illinois for malpractice cases. By working with your attorney they are going to help you fill out this document that states you (as the plaintiff) or your attorney have contacted a medical professional on the following items below.

  • The Right to File a Complaint
  • The Right to Their Own Clothing and Personal Property
  • The Right to Choose Their Own Doctor
  • The Right to Be Informed of Potential Effects of Medical Treatment and the Right to Refusal
  • The Right to Examine Their Medical Records
  • The Right to Have Their Appointed Caregiver Examine Their Medical Records
  • The Right to Manage Their Own Finances
  • The Right to Be Free of Physical Restraints
  • The Right to Freedom of Communication
  • The Right to Freedom of Religion

If you would like to learn more about Nursing Home Neglect click here to see more information and how our team at Heller Trakhtman & Associates can help you during this difficult time for your loved one.