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nursing home neglect

Neglect in nursing homes is a severe problem in the United States, and its prominence is on the rise. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, take immediate legal action.
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We use the term “Nursing Home Neglect” as a broad umbrella term that describes a wide variety of cases that occur when a resident of a care facility suffers harm, injury, or death that was the result of the staff’s failure to adequately care for the resident. The legal rules vary depending on what type of facility is at fault, so hiring an experienced attorney is important.


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First, if you believe your loved one's life is in immediate danger, call 911 right away, or remove them from the facility if deemed necessary. If there is no immediate danger, and your loved one still retains the cognitive ability to talk about the situation, speak with them, and attempt to get an accurate picture of the events that led to the problem.
Second, know your loved one's rights. If you suspect that neglect or abuse is occurring, have your loved one (or their power of attorney) request a copy of all the records from the facility regarding their stay there. If you have a reasonable belief that abuse or neglect is occurring, report the facility to the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343.
Lastly, contact an attorney you can trust. An attorney who has experience dealing with nursing home neglect will know what signs to look out for and will know what steps to take to preserve evidence in your loved one’s case.

why choose us

Oftentimes, abusive or neglectful staff in a nursing home attempt to “cover their tracks” or re-direct family members away from the true cause of the harm to their loved ones.

The experienced attorneys at the Beard Law Firm live and work in Southern Illinois. We are already familiar with many of these facilities and the communities that they operate in. Because we live in Southern Illinois, it is easy for us to travel to these sites and gather evidence early in the case. 

If you suspect that your loved one was harmed in a Southern Illinois nursing home, you should call the Beard Law Firm for a free consultation at (618) 351-1000. If it is outside normal business hours, leave a voicemail or email us at. An experienced attorney will usually call you back before the next business day.
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frequently asked questions

  • Q: What is considered neglect in a nursing home? 

    A: Nursing home neglect occurs when a resident of the home is injured by the staff’s failure to provide adequate care. Common examples are falls, bed sores, and abuse.
  • Q: What are the warning signs of neglect? 

    A:  Signs to look our for are: Bedsores, broken bones, bruises, burns, dehydration, insomnia, malnutrition, new or untreated medical conditions, personal hygiene issues, significant personality changes, and other unexplained injuries.
  • Q: Where do I report nursing home neglect? 

    A: You can report it to your regional Ombudsman, located in your county, your state's senior helpline, or the Illinois department o Public Health. It is also important to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible.
  • Q: How common is nursing home neglect? 

    A: Roughly 10% of nursing home residents will be abused or neglected in their life times, which translates to around 5 million cases a per year. 
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