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Helping Nursing Home Abuse Victims And Their Families

When people entrust nursing homes with the care of their elderly loved ones, they believe that they will receive the kind of gentle care they deserve in their final years. However, the reality all too often is just the opposite. Victimization of the elderly in these facilities is a tragic occurrence. If a family member has suffered while in the care of a nursing home, please contact Mark L. Karno & Associates, LLC for a free case evaluation. Call us today at 312-574-3362.

Fighting For Victims Of Nursing Home Abuse

Our attorneys are dedicated to seeking justice for those elderly who suffer neglect, abuse and other injuries at the hands of their caregivers.

We are experienced in handling all types of nursing home abuse, negligence and injury cases, including:

Slip-And-Falls: Nursing Home Cases

We understand that discovering that your elderly loved one was a victim of a slip-and-fall accident because of the inattention of the nursing home staff is stressful for your family. We can take the stress out of your legal case against the nursing home while you focus on getting your loved one properly cared for.

When we investigate a slip-and-fall case, we examine all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including:

  • Your loved one’s needs
  • Lack of supervision of your loved one
  • Environmental factors
  • Staff response to the fall and injury

Bedsores And Pressure Sores

Bedsores and pressure sores are a sign of nursing home neglect. When bedsores are left untreated by a nursing home, they can result in infections that cause pain and threaten a resident’s health.

The main cause of bedsores is sitting or lying too long in the same position. Blood flow is inhibited in certain areas of the body because of sustained pressure. This will cause damage to skin cells and other tissues that aren’t getting proper nutrients from blood flow.

For a person with limited mobility, this is a great concern. Care facility staff members should be trained to recognize this and take measures to prevent bedsores and immediately treat them if they do occur.

Nursing Home Negligence Causing Sepsis

Sepsis occurs when the body reacts negatively to the chemicals and defense mechanisms that the immune system naturally releases to fight disease. Inflammation occurs throughout the body where any type of disease is being battled. When this happens, many side effects can worsen the person’s condition. When the inflammation becomes too great, the individual may go into septic shock, causing a large blood pressure drop and sometimes death.

The main causes of sepsis include undiagnosed or untreated infections. These can result from bedsores, dirty medical equipment, improperly cared for IV lines and more. If staff members at the nursing home or care facility your loved one was at acted negligently in any way, you are entitled to compensation for their actions.

Fractures

You selected a nursing home for your elderly loved one because he or she is in a state of frail health. You have certain expectations that the nursing home staff will give your loved one the respect and care he or she deserves. When your loved one breaks a bone while in the care of a nursing home facility, it is natural to question the circumstances that led to the injury.

Nursing home patients are at high risk for bone fractures. In nursing home neglect cases, we often see broken bones such as:

  • Hips
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Elbows
  • Skulls

These bone fractures are often caused by falls that happened because of inadequate supervision. Sadly, some are caused by physical abuse from staff members.

Nursing Home Malnutrition

Good nutrition is important to everyone, but especially to nursing home patients who are in a frailer state of health than most people. In a nursing home, a patient’s nourishment is in the hands of the facility’s staff. Improper monitoring of nutritional intake can jeopardize your loved one’s health.

The nursing home is responsible for ensuring that your loved one receives balanced nutrition. Your loved one may struggle because of:

  • Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures that make chewing difficult
  • An inability to feed themselves because of dementia, confusion or depression
  • Dietary restrictions because of allergies or religion

The nursing home staff should take these and other factors into consideration when making and monitoring your loved one’s nutritional plan. Failure to keep your loved one properly nourished can lead to serious health issues and even death. You may be able to hold the nursing home liable for these injuries.

Nursing Home Dehydration

Hydration is a basic human need. When you put your elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home facility, you trust that he or she will be kept properly hydrated. The sad truth is that many nursing homes are understaffed and employees are inadequately trained to care for residents.

Dehydration can cause serious complications to your loved one’s already fragile health. Your loved one may experience:

  • Issues with digestion
  • Greater risk of urinary tract infections
  • Migraines
  • Bedsores
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

It is important to act quickly when you see signs of neglect. Your loved one’s health may be at serious risk.

Nursing Home Wandering And Elopement

Nursing home administrators and their staffs are responsible for keeping a watchful eye on residents. You entrusted your loved one to their care for just this reason. When your loved one wanders away while unsupervised and suffers injury, the nursing home may be liable.

Lack of supervision of elderly residents in nursing homes can lead to severe injuries. If your loved one was injured after wandering around the facility grounds or off the premises of a nursing home (called elopement), our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the case to determine liability. We will examine whether:

  • The facility provided enough staff for supervision
  • Staff members were trained adequately

  • A camera was in place over outside doors
  • Receptionists were trained and paying attention
  • Your loved one was housed on a special floor that required codes to enter and exit the premises

Nursing Home Bedrail Entrapment

Bedrail entrapment for elderly patients is a very real concern. If your loved one is bedridden or weak enough that he or she spends significant time in bed, you don’t want that place of comfort to become a trap.

Bedrails are a safety measure in place to keep your loved one from falling or rolling out of bed. However, there are many ways they can turn from a safe barrier into a trap. Your loved one may get trapped:

  • Between the rail and the mattress
  • With legs, arms or head in or under the rail
  • Between split bedrails
  • Between the end of the mattress and the headboard
  • Between the end of the rail and the headboard

Skilled Legal Representation

Our lawyers have been fighting on behalf of the injured for more than 30 years. We understand how to investigate your case and hold the nursing home responsible for its actions.

We know that you feel betrayed after discovering that your family member was mistreated by the facility you trusted to provide the dignity and respect he or she deserves. We are here to listen to your concerns about your case and provide aggressive representation for you and your injured loved one.

Has an elderly loved one suffered injuries at the hands of caregivers? Call Mark L. Karno & Associates, LLC today at 312-574-3362 for your free consultation with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. We represent clients throughout Oak Park, Berwyn, Evanston and the Greater Chicago area.

Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. We do not collect any money for our services unless you win your case.

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