Neglect and Abuse
Under the Nursing Home Reform Act, nursing home residents have a right to respectful and reasonably attentive care from doctors and nurses working in a home. Medical professionals must develop a care plan for each resident addressing their various physical, psychological and emotional needs to the best of the facility’s ability so the resident’s quality of life does not suffer. When healthcare providers do not provide a reasonable standard of care, reasons why can generally be attributed to one of two categories:
- Neglect is a failure to properly care for nursing home residents who should receive the proper physical care. Residents should be regularly bathed, given the proper medication, fed nutritious food and kept hydrated, watched if they are prone to wandering, and turned if their mobility is limited and they are at risk for pressure sores.
- Abuse is the deliberate mistreatment of a resident by a healthcare professional, another patient or a visitor. It can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, and is intolerable on any level, in any form.
At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., our attorneys are advocates for the rights of assisted living and nursing home residents. We take a firm stance against elder abuse or neglect and are here to help you do the same. We look for reasons why abuse or neglect occurs, such as understaffing issues or lack of training for those who work in the facility, and take these factors into consideration when crafting nursing home negligence lawsuits. Our team is devoted to maximizing the compensation you and your loved one can receive under Indiana or Illinois law.Documenting the consequences of abuse and neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can cause permanent damage to the health, safety and happiness of nursing home residents as well as their families and close friends. While the full extent of the emotional toll abuse or neglect takes is impossible to show in concrete terms, you can and should thoroughly document all physical evidence, such as:
- Pressure sores
- Fractured or broken bones
- Bedding that smells of urine or fecal matter
- Bruises that indicate restraints were used
- Loss of hair
Carefully keeping records of abuse or neglect bolsters your lawsuit and enables you to ask for more money.Committed to justice and patient safety for injury victims since 1988
Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. stands by your side through every step of your case. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to tell us about your injury. We look forward to speaking with you.