Nursing Home Neglect

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides residents with important rights and benefits regarding their care and treatment including:

  • The right of a resident to recover for the actual damages suffered as a result of abuse or neglect. Actual damages include present and future medical expenses, attorney’s fees and the cost of litigation.
  • The empowering of the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor Illinois nursing homes, investigate complaints of abuse or neglect, the fining of nursing homes for violations of a resident’s rights and establish standards for the qualifications and training of nursing home employees
  • Protecting residents who seek compensation for abuse or neglect they have suffered. The act states that a nursing home shall not transfer, discharge, evict, harass, dismiss or retaliate against a resident or a resident representative because of any report, testimony or complaints. This protection becomes especially important if the resident remains at the nursing home after the alleged abuse or neglect occured.
  • The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act enacted by Congress in 1987, created a national minimum set of standards of care and rights for people living in certified nursing facilities. The act provides that a nursing home must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psycho social well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care commonly known as the Patients Bill of Rights.

The most significant rights of the nursing home resident’s Bill Of Rights include:

  • The right to be informed about the policies of the nursing home and about their personal rights as residents.
  • The right to know about their medical conditions.
  • The right to participate in the planning of their own medical treatment.
  • The right to be free from abuse and restraints.
  • The right to privacy, dignity and respect.
  • The right to manage their own personal finances.

For over 34 years Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., has protected the legal rights and secured maximum settlements/verdicts for Illinois nursing home residents that have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

Call 800-437-2571 anytime if you believe that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, for a free, no obligation Consult with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer or use our convenient Do I have a case? submission form.

There is absolutely no charge for the cost of investigating your claim of abuse or neglect. Only after your case has been settled or a judgment obtained, do we deduct legal fees and costs from the amount received. No recovery-no fees.

More Practical and Legal Information For Victims of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect

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Donald Fohrman
Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd.