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Do you know the key signs of nursing home neglect or abuse?

We expect the nursing home to provide our loved ones with attentive and competent care. But you see stories all too often of elderly patients who have been shamefully neglected or mistreated in unspeakable ways.

The nursing home staff may be all smiles when you visit, but what happens when you aren’t around? Many long-term care facilities genuinely strive to keep residents safe and happy. But you need to be vigilant for signs of negligence, neglect or abuse.

Stairs can be a source of injuries

Chicago, Illinois, has some of the most impressive buildings in the world, as well as other buildings that are lesser known. Those buildings are sites of bustling commerce, with everyone from billionaire CEOs to minimum wage clerks going in and out of them every day. Naturally, most of those people use the buildings' stairs, both in entering and exiting the building and within the building. When someone slips and falls on the stairs and gets injured, there can be a premises liability case.

Many falls on stairs just result in a moment of fear and a couple of small bruises. Even in those cases, the people who fall should report the incident to the building's management, because there may have been a cause like water on steps or steps in need of repair that can be addressed so that others won't be endangered.

Nursing home neglect leads to death

There are many quality nursing homes in Chicago, Illinois, that provide the best care for their elderly residents to the happiness of those residents and their families. However, there are other facilities which, by action or inaction, put their residents at risk in ways that constitute nursing home abuse. One of the ways that happens is through neglect, which can manifest via a simple lack of supervision for residents who need to be looked after constantly.

Recently, according to a lawsuit filed by a Champaign law firm, that kind of neglect led directly to the death of a resident who had been left unattended outside a Champaign nursing home by the facility's staff. That resident, who was 78, was left unsupervised in an exterior courtyard on a very hot day in temperatures that reached 87 degrees. Her body was subsequently found in that courtyard, with the cause of her death being hyperthermia. The Champaign County coroner confirmed that the hyperthermia of which the resident died was directly due to prolonged exposure to hot weather and compounded by dementia.

Preventing falls is a real concern for nursing home residents

People in nursing homes are there because of health and self-care challenges that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. They might be dealing with a lengthy list of maladies and disabilities.

Those frailties make them more susceptible to falling. Even a minor fall can cause serious injuries and life-threatening complications. In fact, fall risk is one of the greatest dangers for nursing home patients.

Burns suffered in accidents need to be ttreated

The bustling metropolis of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the busiest transit areas on earth. In addition to regular flights to and from O‘hare Airport, there are trains, buses, trucks, SUV's and cars transporting people and goods between residences, businesses and recreational destinations throughout each day. The sheer volume of individuals involved means that there are also a high number of accidents, some of which involve serious injuries and wrongful death.

Some of the injuries are burns. Anyone who is in an accident and suffers burns should seek comprehensive medical treatment immediately, even if they feel like it isn't very serious. Burns can do serious damage, so that determination needs to be made by a qualified medical professional. That professional can tell you if the burn is first-degree, second-degree or third-degree, as well as the corresponding treatment that will be needed.

Distracted drivers need to get focused

Like most big cities, Chicago, Illinois, has an enormous number of vehicles on the roads. This, of course, correlates with a substantial number of motor vehicle accidents each year. While current inclement weather is making driving more dangerous, there is something else that is making driving dangerous too, and that is distracted driving.

Distracted driving has become a particular problem in recent years due to mobile phones being ubiquitous and their usage by drivers while in transit being common. A recent study by Cambridge Mobile Telematrics revealed the shocking information that almost one in every four drivers who was involved in a crash was using a mobile phone within one minute before the crash happens. That suggests that in some cases, the drivers were on the phone at the exact moment that the crash happened, and in other cases may have still been distracted at the time of the crash by whatever they were talking about on the phone right before the crash happened.

What can be done about overmedication?

There are many excellent caregivers for the elderly in Chicago, Illinois, and they are worthy of respect.

However, there are many workers in nursing homes who abuse or neglect the patients who have been entrusted to their care. That constitutes nursing home abuse, and patients, and their families, deserve better. One problem in nursing homes is overmedication.

Nursing home patient dies, son files wrongful death lawsuit

The son of a woman who died at age 65 at Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet has filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the staff's negligent treatment of his mother.

According to the complaint, the senior citizen was admitted on Feb. 25 of last year and died the following month.

Court clarifies liability for slip-and-fall accidents

No matter how delightful it may be within the warmly heated homes and businesses of Chicago, Illinois, the weather outside is about to get frightful, for winter is coming and bringing with it lots of snow. For property owners, that raises premises liability considerations, since employees, customers and passersby might slip and fall on ice and snow and then sue the owner of the property that it happened on for a fortune.

Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified a state law from 1979 that protects property owners from some of the slip-and-fall lawsuits that they may face. The law, the Snow and Ice Removal Act, protects property owners when someone suffers injuries on their property and attributes those injuries to the property owner's insufficient efforts to shovel away snow. The law only applies when the ice and snow involved is there because of natural conditions.

Sepsis can kill nursing home residents if left untreated

Nursing home residents often have a bevy of health challenges when they go into the facility. In most cases, elderly residents can't handle the demands of living at home, so, of course, they count on the employees of the nursing home to care for them.

There are some instances in which residents have life-threatening or serious illnesses and conditions that must be treated appropriately in a prompt manner. One particularly troublesome condition is sepsis, a life-threatening complication that can occur because of an infection.

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