Not all health care professionals who have contact with your senior loved one are employees of the nursing home where they live. Outside physical therapists and respiratory therapists are often contracted to provide services for residents. This does not absolve nursing home owners and operators of any injuries caused by a physical or respiratory therapist. If an accident occurred and your loved one was injured in physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapy, both the therapist and the nursing home's owner and operator could be held liable.

Physical (including occupational) and respiratory therapy are both types of care where negligence can lead to serious, even fatal, injuries:

  • Physical therapy — Too often, physical therapists will not have sufficient staff members attending to or supporting a patient. This can easily lead to falls and serious injury.
  • Respiratory therapy — Without sufficient monitoring of ventilator settings and patient well-being, a range of injuries can quickly occur, including suffocation and pulmonary arrest.

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At Konicek & Dillon, P.C., our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience helping people protect their loved ones and holding negligent health care providers and nursing home owners and operators accountable for the harm they have caused. We have a deep understanding of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act that allows us to build cases that protect your loved one's best interests.

Action Plan

If you believe that a nursing home is providing inadequate care or causing harm to you or a loved one in therapy:

  1. Document everything that occurs, including noting what you see, say, and hear: the therapy staff is documenting, you should too. Don't let their version be the only written version of events.
  2. Complain to the administrator, director of nursing, assistant director of nursing, and any other management or charge nurse who might have the ability to correct the problems you experience.
  3. If the therapy is provided by a company that is separate from the nursing home operator, report and concerns to the company providing the therapy.
  4. The nursing home is responsible for every agency and company they hire to provide care, so ask the nursing home for a list of which people and companies they have hired.
  5. Report the poor care, intentional bad acts, and neglect to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Be specific, detailed and complete.
  6. Call Konicek & Dillon, P.C., if you believe that you or a loved one has been injured due to nursing home negligence.

Contact Konicek & Dillon, P.C.: Chicago Lawyers For Nursing Home Injuries From Physical Therapy Or Respiratory Therapy

If a loved one was injured by the negligence of a therapist in a nursing home, our skilled attorneys can help you create accountability and protect your loved one from further harm. We understand what is at stake, and we know how to take immediate action that will protect your loved one's rights. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Geneva nursing home negligence attorneys, call 630-313-2071; in Chicago, call 312-239-0283. You can also contact us online.

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