For over 20 years, the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory, P.C. has specialized in nursing home abuse and neglect claims; a very specific area of the law in which few law firms have the necessary experience and expertise to tackle. Our law firm provides services to those located in and near Decatur, Illinois and surrounding areas. We are committed to representing Decatur, Illinois families of elderly loved ones who have been victims of nursing home abuse or neglect. Our dedicated staff will give you the individual, personalized attention to your case that you deserve and provide a thorough and prompt review of your potential claim, as well as an honest assessment.
Attorney Bob Gregory has been named as an Illinois Leading Lawyer each year since 2012 for his expertise in nursing home neglect and abuse claims. He was also honored as a 2015 Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Illinois by The National Trial Lawyers. Bob is highly respected among his legal peers and has achieved numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for families of nursing home abuse and neglect victims over the course of his career.
Nursing home abuse and neglect has become a serious issue in recent years across both the state of Illinois and entire country. Families have a right to demand only the best care for their elderly loved ones who reside in nursing home and senior care facilities. Most important though, is that we continuously monitor the well-being of our elderly loved ones and take immediate action to remove them from facilities in which they are being abused or neglected. Understanding the different types of nursing home abuse will help you detect it’s occurrence and act quickly if you feel your loved one is a victim.
- Fractures & Falls: It is the responsibility of the nursing home to properly assess the needs of each resident in order to provide the necessary assistance to prevent injury and falls. Residents who have been identified as a high risk for falls must be monitored by nursing home staff. A large majority of direct caregivers are often unfamiliar with the individual needs of residents they are caring for. High turnover rates of nursing home employees, “agency” staff, and low worker morale contribute to these problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,800 nursing home residents die from injuries sustained in a fall each year.
- Medication Errors: Because many elderly nursing home residents have been placed on medications, errors are becoming much more prevalent. This is especially the case with residents who are taking a significant amount of medications. Common medication errors in nursing homes can include dispensing the wrong medication to a resident, missed dosages or “doubling up” of dosages when the error is noticed or incorrect dosages due to transcription errors or nursing errors.
- Dehydration & Malnutrition: A large majority of nursing home residents are at high risk of dehydration & malnutrition. Most nursing homes and senior care facilities simply do not have the necessary staff members to ensure that all residents are adequately hydrated and fed. Residents who are not provided with basic nutrition and hydration tend to be lethargic and less aware of their surroundings and are more prone to falls, illnesses, depression, loneliness and agitation.
- Decubitus Ulcers: Also known as bed sores or pressure sores, decubitus ulcers occur when residents who are unable to re-position themselves are neglected and not moved periodically. The best treatment for bed sores is prevention, which involves moving patients who may be at risk of developing ulcers, frequently throughout the day.
If you believe that your loved one has been mistreated, abused or neglected at an Illinois nursing home or care facility please call the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory, P.C. today to discuss your case and find out if our Decatur, Illinois nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist you in filing a lawsuit against the facility.
Our law firm also provides assistance to families by offering a Free Nursing Home Checklist. This can be helpful if you are faced with the decision of placing an elderly loved one in nursing care and need to choose and compare Illinois nursing home facilities.
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