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Lake Zurich Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Lake County

Choosing to move a loved one into a nursing home can be one of the hardest choices a family ever has to make. While sometimes it is clear that an elderly or disabled person would be better off in a residential care home, sometimes the situation is much more difficult or confusing. An elderly person used to living on their own may not want to move into a nursing home. A family may wish to take care of a loved one themselves and simply be unable to give the time and resources the loved one needs.

Whatever the circumstances, when a person goes to live in a residential care facility, it is very important that their family knows the person will be treated with dignity and respect. From being given healthy and enjoyable food to being taken outside to see the sunshine, whatever the person needs should be provided.

Tragically, this does not always happen. Nursing home staff are frequently caught treating the patients under their care terribly, depriving them of food, stealing their money, and even sexually abusing them. It can be difficult to think of such things happening to a parent, aunt, uncle, or other loved one, yet it is important to be alert for signs that something is wrong. And when the worst happens, it is essential to seek justice against anyone who is responsible.

At Salvi Law, Inc., we condemn the vile actions of healthcare professionals and caregivers who neglect and abuse the elderly living in nursing home facilities. When clients come to us with cases involving nursing home negligence, we aggressively work to find out who is responsible and what can be done to provide aid and comfort to those targeted by the abuse, as well as to their families.

Does Negligence Mean the Same Thing as Neglect?

Neglect and negligence are related concepts but they are not the same. Neglect means not giving proper care or attention to residents, resulting in harm or injury. It means a caregiver is not doing something he should be doing. Examples of neglect include:

  • Not paying attention to a resident's need to use the bathroom
  • Not feeding a resident the right food
  • Not moving a bedridden resident often enough 
  • Not keeping a resident clean

On the other hand, negligence is a legal term that means more than mere neglect. Negligence means not acting in a situation in the way a reasonable person would have acted. Negligence implies acting or behaving in a way that falls below the standard of care expected in a particular job, like a nursing home nutritionist. In nursing home negligence lawsuits, neglect can be one of the factors used to prove negligence.

Both neglect and negligence cause serious problems in the context of nursing home care. According to Illinois law, nursing home residents deserve appropriate care, attention, and support to ensure their well-being and safety. Neglect or negligence in these settings can cause physical injuries, emotional trauma, medical complications, or even wrongful death.

Contact a Lake County, IL Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

If your loved one has suffered from nursing home negligence, take action now. If you wait, the neglect may get worse and valuable evidence may be lost. Even if you are not sure whether the nursing home is being negligent, speak with an attorney. It may be important to start gathering evidence now.

At Salvi Law, Inc., our Illinois nursing home negligence attorneys take cases of nursing home abuse and neglect very seriously. Our law firm is there to ensure that justice is served whenever possible. We represent clients in Lake Zurich, Cook County, and Lake County. Contact us at 847-721-2499 for a free consultation.

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