Reporting Nursing Home Neglect
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect in Chicago, you must act quickly to protect their safety. The Illinois Department of Public Health operates a Central Complaint Registry which can be reached at 800-252-4343 and the Elder Abuse Hotline can be reached at 866-800-1409. Of course, if you suspect imminent danger, you should also call emergency services at 911.
If you are uncomfortable reporting abuse on your own, or if you would simply like the assistance of an experienced Chicago nursing home neglect lawyer, please call 312-800-0000 to contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates for a free one-on-one consultation.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
To report nursing home neglect you must first know what it looks like, and that is not always an easy task. Because nursing home neglect can take many forms it can also have many signs. Things to look for include:
- Malnourishment or dehydration
- Bed sores or pressure ulcers
- Over or under medication
- Poor hygiene or unsanitary conditions
Neglect may also have an emotional component and be indicated by things such as:
- General confusion
- Behavioral changes
- A withdrawal from the community
- Distrust or anxiety around nursing home staff
If you notice any of these things, you will want to contact a Chicago nursing home neglect lawyer to discuss your rights and better understand the most effective course of action.
Your loved one deserves to be treated with respect and provided adequate care. When a nursing home fails to do so for any reason, you have a right to hold staff accountable and fight for both emotional and financial compensation. Our nursing home neglect lawyers are prepared to take your case, fight for your loved one’s rights, and help see that justice is served.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering mistreatment in their nursing home, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chicago nursing home neglect lawyer.