Unsafe Conditions in a Nursing Home
Residents of nursing homes in Illinois have the right to live in a safe environment that is free from obstacles and hazards which could cause them to fall and be injured. Like all other property owners in Illinois, the owners and managers who operate nursing homes must make sure that their facilities are in good condition. Unfortunately, there are many nursing homes that take this duty for granted and fail to provide a safe environment for residents. “Environmental hazards” are responsible for 16-27% of falls by nursing home residents. Hazards in the physical condition of nursing homes can include improperly maintained or fitted wheelchairs, lack of handrails in bathrooms and hallways, wet floors, low lighting or lack of visibility, and incorrect bed and seat heights.
When a nursing home fails to provide a safe home for your loved one, and your loved one is injured as a result, you be able to bring a premises liability claim to recover damages. No nursing home resident should have to live in an environment that is unsafe and harmful. You may have a claim against a nursing home or long-term care facility if your loved one has been harmed due to an unsafe environment in a nursing home.
See more information in our section on Premises Liability.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect:
- Failure to provide medical treatment and follow-up care to residents
- Injuries/falls due to a lack of supervision and attentive care by staff members
- Injuries due to attacks by other residents
- Lack of hygiene (including lack of baths for residents)
- Ulcers/pressure sores
- Use of chemical restraints (sedatives) and over-medication