Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers Handling Unsafe Conditions Cases
One of the responsibilities of nursing homes is to keep their residents safe. This involves taking basic steps to protect residents from potential harm. Neglect can lead to unsafe conditions, and residents can be left seriously injured. The nursing home neglect attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. fight for their rights.
Residents of nursing homes in Illinois have the right to live in a safe environment that is free from obstacles and hazards that 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 many 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.
Our lawyers hold negligent parties accountable
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.
Unsafe conditions can be the result of:
- Poor administration – The nursing home administration may be poorly organized and fails take action to prevent or address problems.
- Understaffing – When there are not enough staff members at a nursing home, the quality of care suffers.
- Inadequate maintenance – Seniors are more susceptible to infection, so nursing homes need to be kept very clean. Any safety issues, such as spilled liquid on the floor, need to be addressed promptly.
- Negligent security – Nursing homes need to have adequate security in place to protect residents from assaults by visitors, other residents or staff members. Security also helps prevent residents who suffer from dementia from wandering outside.
The firm with the experience that gets results
If your loved one was hurt as a result of unsafe conditions in a nursing home, you need an experienced nursing home neglect attorney on your side. Our legal team investigates to find out how your loved one was hurt. We gather evidence and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult experts who can help understand what happened.
Our attorneys know how to build strong cases that prove your loved one was injured due to unsafe conditions that the nursing home should have addressed. This often convinces nursing homes and their insurance companies that it is in their best interests to talk about a settlement.
We’re only interested in a resolution of the case that meets your loved one’s needs. This includes compensation for current and future medical expenses related to your loved one’s injury. We may also seek compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering. If the insurance company won’t settle, we are ready to fight for your loved one in court.