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When is nursing home neglect grounds for a civil claim?
Timothy Shay

It takes a considerable amount of trust to place a loved one in a nursing home. If you made that decision for someone in your family, it is likely that you put in a lot of time researching different facilities. You made your decision based on the needs of your loved one and your financial situation. Regardless of why you chose the nursing home you chose, you still have the right to expect the facility to give your loved one care and support.

When there is a failure to meet basic standards of care in a nursing home, patients will suffer. They are vulnerable and often unsure of how to express concerns when something is wrong. If you suspect something is wrong, you may need to seek appropriate help regarding what to do next. In some cases, neglect could be grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party.

 A valid case

It’s not always easy to know if you have a case, especially if you are unsure of what your loved one has been through. You may notice certain troubling signs, such as bruising or the development of bedsores, that could indicate something is wrong. Your loved one may withdraw, lose weight and be depressed. These may point to a problem with the standard of care.

Nursing home facilities are liable for injuries and problems that develop as a result of lack of care or supervision. An in-depth look at the situation may determine if a civil claim is appropriate. You could have valid grounds for a claim because of any of the following reasons:

  • Negligent personal supervision and care of patients
  • Negligent maintenance of premises and facilities
  • Negligent hiring practices and retention of trained employees
  • Negligent maintenance of equipment used at the facility

Fighting for your loved one

You do not have to fight for the interests of your loved one alone. You may find it beneficial to work with an experienced attorney who can assist you in your pursuit of justice on behalf of your family member.

If you suspect something is wrong with the care or lack of care in a long-term care facility, an assessment of your case is a practical place to start. A legal ally can help you understand your legal options and how you can hold liable parties accountable for neglect of care and its consequences in an Illinois nursing home.