Chicago Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

Was your loved one neglected or mistreated in a nursing home? The Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are ready to help put a stop to this unacceptable treatment and help you get the justice you are owed.

Oftentimes, nursing home abuse does not come in the form of blatant physical harm to residents. Rather, abuse includes neglecting a resident’s basic needs, delivering sub-standard care to patients, or outright indifference to a resident’s concerns. Neglect can sometimes be hard to detect, making it a particularly dangerous form of abuse, as a neglected resident’s loved ones may not even be aware of the emotional trauma that an elderly resident is facing. Common ways that nursing home negligence can manifest include having personal hygiene needs overlooked, medical needs ignored or administered carelessly, or emotional and social needs rejected.

The effects of caretaker negligence can be devastating. While we trust these medical professionals to provide an ethical standard of care for our loved ones who can no longer care for themselves, neglect of an elderly resident is common and can result in significant emotional and psychological trauma, as well as physical harm. Although this is a difficult subject to approach, you do not have to confront the reprehensible abuse of nursing home patients alone. The skilled Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe every nursing home resident has the right to supportive and comprehensive care and can hold those who take advantage of vulnerable residents responsible for their actions. We refuse to allow the negligent actions of irresponsible caretakers to escape justice without a fight.

Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC understands the difficult time that your family is going through, and sometimes our clients choose to blame themselves. The pain and suffering of your elderly family member is not your fault, and we can help you hold the negligent party responsible for their cruel actions. Call us today at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation. You can also speak to a member of our team by chatting with us live through our website or filling out a contact form so we can get in touch with you.

Why Choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC?

Since 1970, our dedicated team of attorneys has been fighting for the families of Chicago that have been forced to suffer at the hands of a negligent nursing home. We have secured over $4.5 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to put our firm’s experience to work for you. As your legal counsel, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC will use every resource that we’ve accumulated over the last 48 years to seeking the rightful compensation that your family deserves. The reason so many families in the Chicago area trust us with protecting their loved ones is because we genuinely care about our clients. You should not hesitate to do what is right and ask for help. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help you by calling (312) 346-8620, chatting with us live, or submitting a contact form.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home negligence occurs for a variety of reasons. A major cause of nursing home abuse is the frequent understaffing of nursing homes to the extent that care providers become stressed, frustrated, and prone to violent outbursts due to the large number of residents they are responsible for. Sometimes, nursing homes are forced to hire underqualified personnel in response to the lack of help, leading to inexperienced and incompetent care providers. While nursing home neglect can be difficult to detect, common signs of negligence include:

  • Bedsores and pressure ulcers
  • Injuries from nursing home slip and falls
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Emotional withdrawal by the elder
  • Unusual changes in behavior
  • High anxiety
  • Infections and chronic sickness
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Problems with medication
  • Feelings of depression
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Lack of friendly interaction with nursing home staff or residents
  • Environmental hazards (poor lighting, slippery floors, rundown conditions)

Many instances of nursing home neglect go unreported because of a resident’s fear of retaliation from staff and nursing home personnel. If left unaddressed, nursing home neglect carries an increased risk of illness, death, injury, and trauma for elders. By coming forward and discussing your situation with a qualified attorney, you may be preventing other patients from suffering from similar abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each claim Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC handles is different, and you may have more questions than the ones that are addressed below. We are more than willing to take the time to review the details surrounding your individual circumstances and discuss any questions or concerns you may have still. Contact the attorneys you can trust and schedule a free consultation by calling (312) 346-8620 today.

Who can bring forth a claim of negligence against nursing homes?

Only qualified parties may bring forth a lawsuit against nursing homes for negligence in the state of Illinois. The resident who has suffered directly from acts of negligence and abuse may bring forth a claim. If the elderly resident is incapacitated or unable to bring forth a claim, the legal guardian may file suit on their relative’s behalf. In the instance that a resident suffers from nursing home negligence that results in a wrongful death, then a representative of the estate may also file a claim. If you are uncertain about whether you legally qualify to file a claim on your loved one’s behalf, it is best to speak to a qualified nursing home negligence attorney.

Why do negligence and abuse occur so frequently in nursing homes?

The unfortunate truth of the matter is that nursing homes in the Chicago area and around the nation are struggling to keep up with the increasing number of aging patients that are entering homes. With significant shortages of staff, nursing homes have become increasingly desperate to fill vacancies to maintain their profits. This leads to questionable employer practices, such as improperly screening applicants who will be working for the nursing home. Without proper background checks, the possibility exists that workers with criminal backgrounds will escape detection, exposing residents directly to people who may be more prone to committing acts of violence or negligence. Nursing homes have not done enough to solve this problem, and each year, thousands of residents suffer at the hands of their caretakers.

How will I be able to prove that my loved one has suffered from negligence by the nursing home?

Physical evidence, such as photographs of injuries or unacceptable living conditions, can be used to prove your claim in court. Therapists, witnesses, and possibly the victim may contribute powerful evidence by testifying against the nursing home. If you are suspicious that negligence or abuse is taking place in your elderly family member’s nursing home, it is important that you seek legal assistance. The best plan of action is to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced nursing home negligence attorney who will be able to assist you every step of the way.

Reach Out to a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney in Chicago

Learning that your loved one has experienced neglect or abuse by their care facility is cause for outrage. To hold the appropriate parties responsible and prevent future abuse by the reckless facility, don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated Chicago nursing home negligence lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC. We can fight for your loved one’s interests and obtain justice in the midst of these difficult circumstances. Reach out to our Chicago offices at (312) 346-8620 for support and guidance throughout the legal process.