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Recent Posts About Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

  • Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Chicago

    The nursing home you choose for your aging family member can be the difference between longevity and unnecessary injury or death. Do as much research as possible before deciding where your aging family member will live. Use the Illinois Department of Health’s guide on How to Select a Nursing Home . This will help you assess your senior’s needs, evaluate the different forms of residential elder ...
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  • What's the Difference Between Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

    Nursing homes have had a poor reputation for years. Before regulations were enacted by state and federal governments, nursing homes were allowed to prioritize profit over the well-being of the individuals trusted to their care. While nursing home abuse and neglect are still present in nursing homes, they have become much less prevalent. Those who have family members in such facilities should take ...
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  • What Is Elopement in a Nursing Home?

    Elopement is the unsupervised wandering of a nursing home resident, often off the grounds of the facility. When residents do wander off the grounds, this can be a sign of negligence on the part of the nursing home staff. If a staff member failed to supervise residents properly and categorize them by their likelihood of eloping, a resident is more likely to elope. The danger of elopement comes from ...
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  • Is There a Statute of Limitations for Nursing Home Lawsuits?

    Elder abuse used to be more prevalent in nursing homes before the federal government and state governments began passing regulations on how these organizations should treat their residents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elder abuse is any abuse or neglect of a person age 60 and older by a caregiver or other person in a relationship involving an expectation ...
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  • How-to: Identifying Bed Sores

    Elderly nursing home residents who have a hard time moving around are at risk of developing bed sores. Studies show that residents can sometimes develop bed sores within a year of staying at a nursing home. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents suffer from bed sores. The bad news is that bed sores often form because of abuse or neglect of the ...
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  • Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home

    When a loved one is no longer able to live on their own, entrusting their care to someone else is a difficult, but often necessary, decision. Can you trust a nursing home with their well-being? How can you be sure that they’ll be properly cared for? Researching facilities is one of the most important steps to take before choosing a nursing home. To help you make this decision, here are several key ...
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  • Nursing Home Residents' Rights Restored - U.S. Bans Forced Arbitration

    Nursing home residents now have the right to take legal action against abusive and negligent facilities. This is a huge win for residents and their families, who, until now, were forced into a private justice system called arbitration. The federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid announced the new rule yesterday. The rule states that nursing homes that accept Medicare and Medicaid ...
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  • Our Grandparents Taught Us Everything. It's Time We Look Out For Them.

    Whether we realize it or not, we owe a lot to our grandparents. In honor of Grandparent’s Day, we challenge you to ask yourself: how much do you know about their lives? In childhood, grandparents are our playmates - slipping us candy when mom and dad aren’t looking and sending us birthday cards with a little spending money. In adulthood, our relationships with them may change but should never grow ...
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  • Illinois Passes Gabby’s Law to Help Patients with Sepsis

    Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by an infection. If sepsis isn’t diagnosed and treated immediately, it can lead to organ failure and death. Our nursing home and medical malpractice lawyers see far too many people succumb to sepsis in hospitals and nursing homes. We’re happy to report that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed a new law – Gabby’s Law – that will help hospitals diagnose ...
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  • How Rauner’s Plans for Reform will Harm Injured Illinoisians

    In Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address in February 2015, he made direct remarks about his plans to reform the personal injury legal system in Illinois. Among his remarks, he proposed prohibiting trial lawyers from contributing to judge’s campaigns. Injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain how this proposal would critically jeopardize the rights of injured citizens. Not once ...
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  • Stroke Victim Suffers Elder Abuse by Nurses

    Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are deeply shocked at a recent instance of elder abuse . The incident took place at the home of a stroke patient in San Diego. Security camera footage revealed two male nurses inappropriately touching each other and the 98-year-old stroke victim in her own bedroom. After suffering a stroke and right-side paralysis several years before, the ...
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  • Diuretics Increase Risk of Nursing Home Falls

    Falls are a leading cause of injury for nursing home residents, and the consequences can be life-threatening. Many elderly residents are prone to serious fall-related complications, including broken bones, bruises, and brain injury. Even a fear of falling can harm a resident’s quality of life, causing them to limit their mobility and lose muscle tone or balance. Several classes of medications ...
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  • Nursing Homes Force Feeding Tubes on Elderly Dementia Patients

    The decision to allow the insertion of a feeding tube is one of the toughest decisions that families of elderly nursing home residents have to face. Seniors with advanced dementia eventually develop problems eating and swallowing as their disease progresses, and they are unable to speak for themselves. Family members are left struggling with the emotional and controversial decision to allow tube ...
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  • Nursing Home Residents Given Drugs That Nearly Doubled Their Risk of Death

    Medication errors are an unfortunate reality of our healthcare system, as far too many nursing homes are understaffed and ill prepared to meet resident'€™s needs. These errors not only threaten the health and safety of vulnerable elderly residents, they also cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The New York Times Old Age Blog revealed a shocking new report from the Department of Health and Human ...
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  • Nursing Homes Seek Health Care Law Exemption

    Many nursing home employees who provide critical care for our nation's seniors lack adequate, affordable health care of their own. According to recent estimates, one in four nursing home employees do not have health care coverage. The new health care law is supposed to fix the problem. Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act will require that all employers who have ...
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  • Many Dementia Patient Hospitalizations Could be Avoided

    Residents suffering from advanced dementia are among the most vulnerable patients in nursing homes. These elderly patients are often bed-bound, unable to speak more than a few words, and prone to confusion or fear. Although it is less traumatic for dementia patients to remain in the nursing home, a recent New York Times blog points out that they are often subject to aggressive treatments and ...
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  • Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Chicago

    There is an alarming rate of nursing home injuries including physical, psychosocial, cognitive and financial harm. The most common physical injuries are the result of an unnecessary fall. Of the 1.5 million nursing home residents nationwide, approximately 50% fall at least once per year. Of the residents that fall each year, 10-20% of the falls result in serious injury. Among people 85 years of ...
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