It is often said that societies are judged by how they treat their weakest members. Our weakest members, the elderly and severely disabled, are often housed in nursing home facilities. These facilities have a duty to keep their residents safe and well cared for regardless of the level of disability or lucidity the resident may possess. When nursing homes fail in this endeavor through negligence, our society has failed its weakest members, and patients and their families are entitled to seek legal remedies.
The population of people requiring nursing home care has dramatically increased in recent years and will do nothing but continue to increase in the years to come. The nursing home industry has not been able to keep up with this growing population; consequently, a shortage of adequate facilities and skilled workers has resulted and many of our loved ones are not receiving the care they deserve. Due to their weakened physical and mental state, many nursing homes residents are more prone to injury and illness. The incidence of problems such as: malnutrition, bed sores, falls and medication errors, often due to substandard facilities and/or unskilled nursing home workers, leads to the injury and death of many people who rely on nursing homes for their daily needs. Additionally, in recent years, there have been increasing reports of situations involving physical and sexual abuse in nursing home facilities.
Illinois lawmakers have acknowledged the need to protect the nursing home population. Under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, facilities have a duty to prevent situations of abuse and neglect. Lawyers at Strellis & Field have successfully handled numerous cases against nursing homes and will aggressively pursue cases on behalf of patients and their families.
For more information on our nursing home negligence practice, we invite you to contact us, or call us at (312) 201-0000.