In Illinois, nursing home law is governed at the federal and state levels, aimed at protecting the elderly from mistreatment, abuse, and neglect in a nursing home facility. These laws stipulate the process by which claims of abuse must be reported and investigated. Although reports of abuse must be submitted to the facility’s administrator, who must by law conduct an investigation, you may also want to seek legal advice from an experienced Chicago nursing home lawyer. Only your qualified attorney can tell you whether you have a case and can predict the likely outcome.
If you decide to file a lawsuit, you and your attorney must gather a set of documents to support your claim. Negligence must be proven. Documents your attorney needs to file a Chicago nursing home lawsuit on your family’s behalf include the following:
An experienced Chicago elder abuse lawyer knows how to bring your lawsuit to court, including filing the initial complaint on your behalf against the facility and reviewing and potentially responding to the nursing home’s response to the complaint. Your complaint may be addressed by the nursing home’s administrator’s investigation or it may not. Legal action is the course to take, because after all, you cannot take chances when it comes to your loved one, especially when you cannot be by his or her side 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Speak with an experienced Chicago lawyer immediately if you suspect neglect of your loved one. Call Healy Scanlon Law Firm toll free at 312-226-4236 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.