Have you ever faced the decision of whether to put a loved one or a family member in the care of a nursing home in Illinois? If so, you may understand the agony that can accompany the process. Not only must you decide whether to place your loved one, but you must also determine which facility will best care for your loved one in his or her time of need. Even if you have never been faced with such a decision, it is possible that you may at some point in the future.
All nursing homes in Illinois should provide a safe and caring facility where patients receive the treatment they need. Yet unfortunately, that is not always the case. Too often, nursing home residents become victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of the employees and/or owners. This conduct can aggravate preexisting conditions or create new injuries among residents who may have numerous other ailments.
The victims of these incidents can endure substantial pain and suffering in addition to increased medical expenses and other financial losses. Their families can also suffer due to the injuries sustained in a nursing home. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, Illinois may help you understand whether your loved one is entitled to legal relief and, if so, what steps should be taken to protect your loved one’s rights.
Three former employees of a nursing home in Kentucky are facing a total of 72 criminal charges including criminal abuse, assault, abusing or neglecting residents, and wanton endangerment of the nursing home patients they previously cared for. At this point, the three defendants have been indicted on these charges and are next expected in court in October.
Few details have been revealed about the alleged abuse at the facility in Brownsville but the charges cover conduct against two suspected victims beginning in 2013.
Committing abuse against an elderly patient who relies upon caregivers for daily needs is not only a crime but it is also offensive to the sense of justice and correctness held by the community at large. Those who are found guilty of these actions may face incarceration, fines, and other punishments in a criminal action but they may also face civil claims from their victims, leading to financial liability on the part of the convicted abuser or the responsible facility.
Victims of nursing home abuse in Illinois are welcome to contact the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free case consultation regarding their rights. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and you can speak with us without any obligation on your part. If you are too injured to travel but you want to meet with us in person, we also offer free in-hospital or in-home consultations.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt by the actions of others. If you were the victim of nursing home abuse or if your loved one has suffered, call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Illinois Considering Video Cameras in Nursing Homes, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog, published September 10, 2014.
Abuse charges spark questions, by Justin Story, Park City Daily News, published September 14, 2014.