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Warning Signs Of Abuse And Neglect

Turning the care of your loved one over to an assisted living facility, nursing home or professional at-home caregiver is difficult. Most families exhaust all options before coming to the conclusion that an elderly, disabled or ill family member requires full-time professional care. Despite investigating and researching facilities, and finding one that you thought was a perfect fit, things can still go wrong.

If you suspect that your spouse, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather or other family member has been subjected to abuse and neglect, call us now.

At Konicek & Dillon, we are committed to the belief that your loved one deserves professional, competent, compassionate care. We are available to evaluate your loved one’s situation if he or she shows warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Contact us if your loved one:

  • Demonstrates any significant change in mental or physical well-being
  • Appears dehydrated
  • Seems malnourished
  • Has suffered cuts, bruises, skin tears, burns or other injuries
  • Has developed bedsores (also known as pressure sores and skin breakdown)
  • Has suffered one or more falls resulting in injury
  • Died or suffered brain injury due to choking
  • Has suffered fractures
  • Has been a victim of sexual assault
  • Has been given the wrong medication or suffered from other medication errors

Did you ask nursing home or facility staff about your concerns only to have your concerns dismissed as baseless or wrong? Disregard of family concerns and complaint can be a red flag for neglect or improper care. Caring, attentive facilities take the concerns of residents and their families seriously, and they listen to and address the concerns. They do not dismiss them outright.

It is important to identify red flags when staff or management of a facility may be hiding something from your family. If you suspect that you or your loved one may have been a victim of neglect or abuse at the hands of a professional caregiver, call us. Konicek & Dillon is here to advise and help your family through the painful ordeal of injuries or death caused by nursing home or assisted living negligence.

Action Plan

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

  1. Document everything that occurs, including noting what you see, say, and hear: the nursing home staff are 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. Ask to see the entire facility chart if you are the resident or the resident’s authorized representative, and make notes about what you read and see.
  4. Report the poor care, intentional bad acts, and neglect to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Be specific, detailed and complete.
  5. Call Konicek & Dillon, P.C., if you believe that you or a loved one has been injured due to nursing home negligence.

Contact The Geneva Nursing Home Abuse Victims’ Lawyers of Konicek & Dillon, P.C.

Has your loved one suffered the effects of bad care in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility in Illinois? We can help you ask the right questions — and determine what to do with the answers once they are uncovered. Schedule a free consultation with one of our Geneva and Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys. You can reach us by phone at 630-313-2071 or in Chicago, at 630-313-2071. You can also contact us online for a prompt response.