Falls that occur in Chicago nursing homes can result in residents suffering injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 1,800 deaths per year result from residents falling. If your loved one sustained an injury in a fall, you may question if the caregivers and nursing home staff may have prevented the fall but failed to provide appropriate support and care.
If your loved one’s injuries followed a fall that occurred as a result of this type of nursing home neglect, we may help you build a case and hold the nursing home administration accountable. Your family may have eligibility to recover compensation through an insurance claim, out-of-court settlement, or civil lawsuit.
Consider what a Chicago falls lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can do for your injury case. Call us. We can review your case for free and help you understand how you may be able to hold the nursing home legally responsible.
Preventing Falls in Nursing Homes
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), about half of the people who live in U.S. nursing homes fall each year. About one out of every ten of these fall victims suffer a serious injury as a result, such as fractures to the hip. These falls cause several significant consequences, including:
- Broken bones.
- Decreased ability to function independently.
- Other serious injuries.
- Increased risk of death.
Even when falls only cause minor injuries, they often lead to a fear of falling. This fear may then lead to reduced mobility, restricted activity, and reduced quality of life.
Every nursing home should have a falls management program (FMP) in place to help prevent falls and reduce the mortality associated with fall injuries. However, staffing concerns can undermine these programs. When nursing homes operate without enough staff, caregivers may remain unavailable when residents need them. Understaffing or negligence can turn something as simple as going to the bathroom into a life-threatening activity if the resident tries to go without support.
To learn more about falls and fall injuries in nursing homes, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We can review the facts of your loved one’s injury case and determine if they may qualify for compensation.
Seeking Compensation for Fall Injuries
When we pursue a fall case against a nursing home in Chicago, we pursue fair compensation on behalf of our client and their family, including damages to cover financial, physical, and emotional expenses and losses. The possible settlement value of a nursing home abuse and neglect case depends on three factors:
- The actual economic expenses and losses.
- The victim’s physical and emotional suffering.
- The abuser’s intentionality or facility’s history of neglect.
We may calculate a just settlement value of your family’s case before we demand a payout and enter settlement negotiations.
Building a Case to Prove Nursing Home Neglect
Our nursing home neglect lawyers do not shy away from a tough case. If we believe nursing home neglect played a role in your loved one’s fall, we may gather evidence to support our claim. We may need to enlist the help of medical experts or others. Once we believe we have enough evidence to prove neglect, we may file a nursing home lawsuit or pursue an out-of-court settlement on your family’s behalf.
Strict Time Limits for Your Lawsuit
We generally only have two years to take legal action and file a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit. Illinois code 735 ILCS 5/13-201 sets this deadline for all types of nursing home abuse cases.
Your Family Will Pay Nothing Out-of-Pocket for Our Services
If you trust our team with your family’s nursing home neglect case, you will not need to pay for anything upfront. We never charge a deposit, and you will pay nothing out of pocket. We only collect attorney’s fees from the proceeds if we recover a settlement or court award.
If you want to discuss the possibility of taking legal action on your loved one’s behalf, a falls attorney in Chicago from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can be reached. Call as soon as possible to get started while you still have time to take legal action.
For a free legal consultation with a Falls Lawyer serving Chicago, call (800) 794-0444
Potential Recoverable Damages for Elderly Falls in a Nursing Home
We may seek compensation for your family’s documented expenses and losses related to your loved one’s fall. This includes a wide range of expenses and losses, such as:
- Medical care costs stemming from the fall.
- Additional ongoing care costs related to injuries or treatment.
- Mental health counseling as needed for fear of falling.
- Relocation to the hospital, another nursing home, or another facility.
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the fall.
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
In the event of wrongful death, you may also qualify for other awards.
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Talk to an Attorney for Nursing Home Neglect Today
If your loved one suffered injuries in a fall in their Chicago nursing home, their caregivers may have prevented the fall with the proper standards of care. Nursing homes have a duty to keep residents safe and provide assistance and support when needed. If an understaffed, overcrowded, or inattentive nursing home played a role in your parent or spouse’s fall, your family may have a viable case.
Let a Chicago falls lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm review the facts of your case. We may help you take legal action on your loved one’s behalf and seek compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Call us to begin your free case review.