Chicago nursing homes have been making headlines lately – and for all the wrong reasons.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a recent investigation uncovered hundreds of buried cases of abuse in nursing homes. State officials have now increased the number of reported allegations of elderly abuse in group homes to a staggering 7,241 in just five years.
If your loved one was neglected, abused or financially exploited in a nursing home, contact The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. The at-fault facility or staff member may be liable for any medical bills and other damages related to the mistreatment.
Yao O. Dinizulu is a nursing home abuse attorney in Chicago who will help you pursue justice and compensation. Call 312-384-1920 to discuss your case with experienced lawyers for nursing home neglect. You can also learn more about nursing home abuse lawsuits in Illinois by visiting USAttorneys.com.
Can Your Nursing Home Provide These Licenses and Documents?
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, our state is home to approximately 1,200 long-term care facilities, which serve more than 100,000 residents. Although these facilities are licensed, regulated and inspected at least annually, nursing home abuse and neglect are still rampant.
The Health Department’s Bureau of Long-Term Care is responsible for ensuring that nursing homes comply with the state’s Nursing Home Care Act. In order to meet the bureau’s standards, each nursing home must obtain various licenses and certificates of approval.
These documents demonstrate that the nursing home follows safe operational procedures. In particular, there are two licenses that your loved one’s nursing home should have: a long-term care facility license and a nursing home administrator license.
In addition to those two credentials, you should ask the nursing home to show these five secondary documents:
- A copy of each inspection report the facility has received from the Department of Public Health in the past five years;
- A copy of every order made to the facility issued by either the Department or a court in the past five years;
- A description of the facility’s services and the rates charged for them – accompanied by a list of any items that may cost a resident more money;
- A copy of the home’s statement of ownership; and
- A full record of all staff members employed by the facility who are licensed, certified or registered by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Unfortunately, all it takes is one negligent or malicious staff member to injure a resident. If your family member was mistreated at a nursing home, contact The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
Yao O. Dinizulu is a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney who will compassionately represent your interests. Mr. Dinizulu will help you claim the highest possible compensation and avoid mistakes such as signing a general release or overlooking certain damages. Call 312-384-1920 today to arrange a consultation.