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Sinson Law Group

Chicago, IL Nursing Home and Elder Care Lawyer

Cook County elder and nursing home abuse attorney

Skilled Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorney in Cook County

With the Baby Boomer generation now entering retirement, nursing home populations are soaring. This increase in patient loads has led to staffing shortages and, in many cases, a lower quality of care. Worse yet, instances of nursing home and elder care negligence and abuse are on the rise as well. If you have an aging loved one that you believe is being abused or receiving substandard care in a nursing facility, it is important to have a strong advocate in your corner fighting hard to protect your loved one's rights and interests.

At Sinson Law Group, we believe there are few causes more important than protecting the elderly in our society. When there is negligence or abuse happening at nursing homes and other senior care facilities, those responsible need to be held fully accountable, so they do not continue to commit such egregious acts. Attorney Kent Sinson and his team work closely with clients to learn all the important facts of the case and thoroughly investigate what is happening, so we can quickly put a stop to it. Kent is honest, straightforward, and down to earth, and he stands by your side from start to finish to see your case to a successful conclusion.

Nursing Home and Elder Care Issues in Illinois

Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in many forms, and some of the most common include:

  • Medical Malpractice: Prescription medication errors, prescribing defective or dangerous drugs, misdiagnoses, etc.
  • Bed Rail Entrapment: When nursing homes use mattresses that are not the right size for the bed, patients can become trapped between the mattress and the bed rail.
  • Physical Abuse: This can happen at the hands of nursing home staff, other residents, or visitors. Examples include assault, battery, staff carelessly dropping patients, and many others.
  • Malnourishment: Depriving patients of meals or failure to provide meals on time.
  • Emotional Abuse: Using abusive language to deliberately cause the patient fear, anxiety, or other types of emotional distress.
  • Sexual Abuse: As sad as it is to contemplate, sexual assault occurs all too often in nursing homes.

A large number of nursing home negligence and abuse cases go unreported. One of the major reasons is fear of reprisal. If patients believe they must continue to deal with the perpetrator(s) even if they report something, they may be reluctant to even tell their families.

Potential Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Because of the high number of unreported cases of nursing home and elder care negligence, it is important to look for signs this might be occurring. If you have an aging loved one in a nursing facility, here are some things to look for:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • The onset of bed sores
  • Multiple slip and fall accidents
  • Unexplained bruises and fractures
  • Unusual depression or lack of interest in life
  • Silence or crying around the nursing home staff
  • Irritation and emotional withdrawal
  • Reluctance/refusal of a caretaker to allow you to be alone with your loved one
  • Inability of a caretaker to adequately explain any of the aforementioned issues

Speak with a Compassionate Chicagoland Area Nursing Home and Elder Care Attorney

Kent and his team understand the physical and emotional trauma many seniors face in Illinois nursing homes and the pain this can cause to family members. We treat each nursing home and elder care case with the utmost care, and we do everything possible to quickly put a stop to the negligence and abuse. For a free consultation with our office, contact us today at 312-332-2107. We serve clients in Chicago, Cook County, Skokie, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, DuPage County, Lake County, and Will County, Illinois.
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