CHICAGO, IL – When people think of nursing home abuse, it’s not just limited to physical abuse. Nursing home abuse also includes neglecting residents’ medical needs. When placing your loved one in a nursing home, you expect that they will receive the medical care that they need and deserve. Nursing homes have the legal responsibility to ensure that the environment is safe and secure, and that their services promote each resident’s health and well-being.
Understanding Medical Neglect
Medical neglect occurs when those who are charged with the care of a nursing home resident violate the standard of care that is owed to each resident. Many residents rely on nursing home staff for their daily care, such as administering medication, feeding, bathing, and more.
Examples of medical neglect in a nursing home may include:
- Ignoring complaints of pain, illness, abuse, or another mistreatment
- Failing to provide the proper medication dose, at the right time
- Insufficient care to prevent bedsores, broken bones, head injuries, or infections
- Failing to obtain informed consent before a medical test or procedure
- Refusal to order or perform tests to diagnose a resident’s symptoms
- Inadequate support for cognitive disability or mental illness
- Withholding mobility aids, adaptive devices, indwelling devices, or other equipment the resident requires
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of medical neglect, please reach out to one of our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers as soon as possible.
Receiving Compensation for Medical Neglect
Medical neglect can leave lingering effects on the mental and physical well-being of a nursing home resident. Compensation for such negligence can help pay for medical expenses, mobility and adaptive equipment, counseling, and other financial losses. In some cases, the nursing home resident and their family may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, too.
Nursing home owners, administrators, and staff should be held accountable when the standard of care is not met.
Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at the Dinizulu Law Group can help you! We know this can be a painful and stressful experience for victims and we are here to help you. Call our office today for a free consultation at (312) 384-1920.