CHICAGO, IL – Nursing home residents and those who live in other long-term care facilities deserve their right to adequate care. Nursing home facilities are required to be reasonably clean and safe, although unfortunately, this is not always the case. Nursing homes must provide residents with appropriate medical care and assistance with day-to-day activities, such as showering and eating.
Unfortunately, not every nursing home meets these standards. When a resident is injured or killed, it’s typically a result of substandard care or intentional abuse that’s occurring within the long-term care facility. Want to learn more about some of the most common types of evidence used to prove nursing home neglect or abuse? Keep reading!
Information About Nursing Home Staff
Staffing issues are some of the most common causes of abuse and neglect within the nursing home care industry. When there isn’t enough staff to take care of residents, a resident may suffer from skipped meals or skipped medication. Employment records and information about nursing home policies and procedures may demonstrate nursing home negligence in the form of substandard hiring practices.
Medical Records and Evidence of Injuries
A key component of nursing home injury and death claims is medical evidence. Medical records show when a resident first exhibited symptoms of an injury or illness. Medical records and other medical reports reveal when a resident was treated for a medical condition and what their medical treatment was.
It’s important to document anything that seems out of the ordinary. Pictures and videos of the resident’s injuries, clothing, or the facility itself will be used in court to demonstrate that there was evident nursing home abuse or neglect that took place.
Witness accounts of abuse and neglect can also help your claim and hold a negligent nursing home liable for a residents injury or wrongful death. Obtain statements from staff members, other residents, medical providers, and from those who visited the facility.
Contact a Chicago, Illinois Nursing Home Injury Attorney
Have you or your loved one been abused or neglected at their nursing home facility in Illinois? The nursing home abuse lawyers of the Dinizulu Law Group are here to help you. To learn more, call our office now for a free consultation at (312) 384-1920.