Chicago Sexual Elder Abuse Lawyer
Unfortunately, nursing home residents are easy targets for physical and sexual abuse because they are dependent on nursing home staff and are either unable to report it or are coerced. To make matters worse, much of this abuse is on areas of the body covered by clothing, or in the case of a fracture, isn’t seen at all. Physical abuse includes both sexual assault and any form of physical assault or maltreatment.
While there a several statistics on nursing home abuse, the U.S. House Committee on Reform has stated that one-third of nursing homes are cited for abuse while the National Center on Elder Abuse has indicated that, “more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse, but only one in five cases or fewer are reported.” This means that very few seniors who have been abused get the help they need.
If a loved one has unexplained bruising, cuts, burns or broken bones, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our team of lawyers.
Elgin Physical Elder Abuse Attorney
When a loved one is abused, the emotions can be overwhelming. We understand this and are committed to taking our approach that has obtained, to date, more than $100 million in compensation for our clients and bolster accountability and safety while elevating the quality of life for your loved one.
We are ready to work one-on-one with you to assess you or a loved one’s situation and begin building a case. We encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.
How long does it take to settle a nursing home lawsuit?
On average, a nursing home lawsuit takes 18 to 24 months to settle. With that said, though, a variety of factors can influence the length of the settlement process, including the circumstances of the accident and the amount of the settlement offer.
What is the average settlement for nursing home neglect?
According to Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed health care journal, the average settlement for a nursing home lawsuit in the U.S. is about $400,000. This does not guarantee that you will receive a settlement this high, though. It also does not preclude you from receiving a settlement of even more.
What can you sue a nursing home for?
If a patient in a nursing home has suffered damages due to negligence on the part of the staff or the facility, you have the right to file a lawsuit. Some common reasons people sue include:
- Medication errors
- Fractured limbs
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Wrongful death
Sadly, these are only a few examples of the negligence that can occur in nursing homes and other care facilities.
How do you prove nursing home negligence?
The standard for a successful lawsuit is very high; you must show that the facility owed the patient a standard of care, that it failed to uphold its duty of care and that damages resulted from this lack of care. You can gather proof by:
- Taking photographs of any injuries
- Keeping a journal documenting the alleged neglect
- Gathering medical records
- Interviewing witnesses
You should also work with an attorney who has handled nursing home neglect lawsuits before. It is crucial to have someone on your side who understands the legal system and how to build a successful claim.
Springfield And Central Illinois Elder Abuse Attorney
Our law firm also represents elders who have been abused in nursing homes in Springfield, IL, and Central Illinois. To learn more about our representation downstate, please click here.