Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing Home Abuse
Helping a loved one transition to a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a highly emotional process. What often helps is knowing that they will be properly cared for and have all of their basic needs met.
When such an establishment fails to adequately care for a resident or hires a dangerous employee, senior citizens can suffer serious or even fatal injuries or emotional harm.
Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of any nursing home negligence in Chicago or the Greater Cook County area, it’s important to hold the institution accountable immediately.
Fighting to protect the rights of one resident helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents.
Call (312) 201-8600 or visit our contact page to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our nursing home abuse lawyers. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – meaning you pay nothing unless you win.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse refers to any actions that cause physical harm or mental distress to senior citizens. It can take on many forms in a nursing home or assisted living setting, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and financial exploitation.
Some of the most common signs of elder abuse or neglect include, but are not limited to:
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is responsible for ensuring nursing homes comply fully with mandatory state regulations under the Nursing Home Care Act.
Facilities in the State of Illinois are also subject to federal regulatory requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Violations are classified as follows under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act:
Type “AA” Violation (210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-128.5)
This includes any incident or condition that has caused – or nearly caused – the death of a resident. Any licensee who commits a Type “AA” violation is automatically issued a conditional license for a period of six months to coincide with an acceptable plan of correction and assessed a fine up to $25,000 per violation.
Type “A” Violation (210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-129)
This includes any incident that has led or could lead to physical harm and a high probability of death or mental or physical harm. Any licensee who commits a Type “A” violation is automatically issued a conditional license for a period of six months to coincide with an acceptable plan of correction and assessed a fine of up to $12,500 per violation.
Type “B” Violation (210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-130)
A violation of this Act includes any incident that would likely cause mental or physical harm. A licensee committing a Type “B” violation is assessed a fine of up to $1,100 per violation.
Type “C” Violation (210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-132)
These violations include less serious incidents that may not cause immediate mental or physical harm, but have a high probability of causing such harm in the future. A licensee who commits 10 or more Type “C” violations in a single survey period is assessed a fine of up to $250 per violation. A licensee who commits one or more Type “C” violations with a high risk designation is assessed a fine of up to $500 per violation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know I have a nursing home negligence case?
If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of elder abuse, it’s important to seek legal counsel immediately. Nursing home abuse is an often underreported crime. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you make the strongest case possible, to ensure the safety of all residents under the facility’s care.
What is the statute of limitations for filing an elder abuse claim?
Illinois civil statute of limitations laws impose a two-year time limit for personal injuries, which most elder abuse claims would fall under, though there may be additional factors involved that allow for other courses of action.
It is important to keep in mind the implications of elder abuse on all other residents of the facility in question. If you suspect you or a loved one is a victim of elder abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we highly recommend you seek legal counsel immediately for the protection of all parties involved.
Nursing Home Abuse Resources
Find local Chicago resources for reporting and preventing elder abuse.
View recent news, consumer alerts, and program updates for Illinois seniors.
Report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of seniors.
Comprehensive list of agencies, organizations and support groups serving Illinois seniors and their caregivers.
View the full text of the State of Illinois’ Nursing Care Act, including key definitions and rules.
Susan Loggans Law
Senior citizens are one of our most vulnerable populations. They need and deserve a powerful advocate, for both their own safety and the safety of other residents.
Susan E. Loggans & Associates has a strong reputation in Chicago and the greater Cook County area for protecting those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse in such an institution, contact our office immediately to discuss your options and lawful rights to compensation. Call (312) 201-8600 or visit our contact page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experts in elder abuse claims, who will provide a complete evaluation of your case.