My Mother Was Injured In A Nursing Home. What Should I Do?

  • Elder Law
Illinois elder law: Injured In A Nursing Home | Chicago Lawyer Mario Godoy | Estate and Probate Legal Group

Moving a family member from their home to a facility for safety or health reasons is stressful for the whole family. We want our loved ones treated with care and dignity. Choosing and leaving a loved one in the care of a nursing home can be overwhelming, and you want assurances that you have made the right decision. Unfortunately, sometimes an elderly person living in a nursing home becomes injured, either due to neglect or abuse.

Legal Claims

Pursuing personal injury or other claims against negligent nursing homes or others is important to protect your loved ones, as well as current and future residents of the nursing home. Illinois elder law is the legal remedies and protections the state has to protect the elderly and to seek compensation when they are mistreated, abused or neglected. 

Elder law is the broad range of legal issues that people encounter as they age. A skilled elder law attorney draws on his or her experience in numerous areas of the law to help individuals plan for the future and address problems as they arise. Elder law attorneys fight for the rights of elderly people who may be physically or mentally ill, and cannot fight for themselves. If you mother was injured in a nursing home, you should consult an elder law attorney who can advise you on what to do – and what not to do – to protect your mother while you are investigating the injury and pursuing a claim for negligence.

Illinois nursing homes are licensed and regulated by state and federal agencies, including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). 

How Families Could Help Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

If you suspect your mother has been abused, you should act immediately to protect her. 

  1. Determine if she should immediately be removed from the nursing home where she is living.
  2. Report the facility to the state of Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343. 
  3. Contact an elder law attorney to protect your mother’s rights, your rights and seek compensation for the abuse or neglect. 

Do you have questions about elder law in Illinois? Our experienced elder law attorneys in Lombard Illinois understand applicable laws and advise you on the best options to protect an elderly or disabled person. Contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at (630) 800-0112.