If your loved one suffered injuries in an accident at a Chicago memory care facility, you might be able to hold the facility accountable for your losses.
When your loved one has dementia, Alzheimer’s, or another cognitive disease, they might be more prone to wandering without a staff member’s supervision, which could lead to them becoming injured. This is something the facility should be prepared for.
A Chicago memory care facility accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might be able to help you take on the memory care facility and hold them accountable for your loved one’s injuries and losses. Call a member of our legal team today at (800) 794-0444 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Neglect or Abuse Could Have Caused the Accident
When you put your loved one in a Chicago memory care facility, you do so under the assumption they are prepared to handle patients more prone to accidents. Because of this, it is the facility’s responsibility to hire enough staff members to adequately compensate for the number of patients.
If a facility does not have enough staff members—or the ones they do have are not qualified to do their job—your loved one’s accident could have been caused by neglect or abuse. If a staff member tasked with ensuring your loved one’s safety allowed them to get into an accident by not providing an acceptable standard of care, they could be negligent, and the facility could be liable.
Staff members can also abuse people with dementia and other cognitive disorders in memory care facilities. No matter the reason, this is never acceptable. If you see the signs of abuse in your family member’s memory care facility, a lawyer can help you determine whether the facility lied about their injuries. They could have been caused by abuse, not an accident.
A Hazard on the Property Could Have Caused the Accident
If your loved one’s accident happened due to a hazard on the Chicago memory care facility’s property, you could have a premises liability claim.
All property owners are responsible for ensuring that their grounds are safe for guests. This obligation is elevated when someone is paying a property owner to care for their loved one. If a hazard on the property caused your loved one’s accident, the facility could be liable. Some hazards include:
- Wet floors
- Torn carpeting
- Broken floorboards
- Cluttered walking spaces
- Burn hazards
A memory care facility accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you get compensation for an injury that was not your loved one’s fault. Call a member of our legal team today to learn more.
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You Could Recover Compensation for Your Loved One’s Accident
Awards in civil lawsuits are divided into two categories: Economic and non-economic. Economic awards are those that have tangible costs associated with them. Non-economic awards include compensation for how the accident affected your life. These typically don’t have a strict dollar value.
Some compensation you could be entitled to as a result of the memory care facility’s negligence include:
- Medical bills: If your loved one’s injuries required costly medical treatment, the facility might be responsible for handling the bills, including hospitalization costs, surgery costs, prescription medications, medical device costs, and rehabilitation.
- Lost wages: If you had to take time off work to care for your loved one after their accident, you might be able to recover these costs in a settlement or court award.
- Pain and suffering: You could also be entitled to a non-economic award for your loved one’s pain and suffering. This could compensate your loved one for the ways their injury has affected them physically and emotionally.
If you want to transfer your loved one to a different memory care facility, the negligent party might also need to pay for those costs.
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A Chicago Memory Care Facility Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Here are some of the ways a memory care facility accident lawyer can help you with your personal injury case:
Handling Your Case for You
A personal injury lawyer handles every aspect of a case for their client. This includes gathering evidence, negotiating settlement offers, communicating with all involved parties, handling paperwork, taking your case to trial, and more.
Proving the Chicago Memory Care Facility’s Negligence
A lawyer can also prove that the Chicago memory care facility negligently caused your loved one’s injuries. To do so, your lawyer will need to show the following:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
- The breach of duty caused their injury
- The injury led to your damages
A lawyer can gather all of the appropriate evidence necessary to show the above criteria of a personal injury lawsuit.
Filing Your Lawsuit on Time
A lawyer can also work on your behalf to negotiate a settlement with the memory care facility. If they cannot do so, they can file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
However, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. In Illinois, personal injury victims have two years following the accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent party, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-202. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time period, you might lose your ability to recover compensation, regardless of the evidence you have against the memory care facility.
Your lawyer can work with you to make sure they file your lawsuit within this statute of limitations. We do not shy away from tough cases, and we believe that you should not be further damaged by an injury that the memory care facility caused your loved one.
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Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for Help with Your Case
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we help personal injury victims recover compensation at no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only take our payment as a percentage of the settlement amount we recover for you.
Call a member of our legal team today at (800) 794-0444 for your free consultation to see if a Chicago memory care facility accident lawyer can help you.