Unfortunately, bedsores are a common ailment for nursing home residents, and they can be made worse through abuse and neglect. Left untreated, they can cause serious health consequences. The Chicago area nursing home bedsores lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC are here to help you if a loved one has developed bedsores due to nursing home abuse or neglect.
Your loved one should not have to endure maltreatment at a nursing home. We put our trust into nursing homes and the caregivers that work for them to care for our most vulnerable family members. Sometimes, however, nursing home staff may take advantage of our loved ones and shirk their responsibilities. Contact the Chicago bedsores lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC today at (855) 328-5787 or reach out to us online to speak with a legal professional about your case.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Bedsores Case?
Bedsores often develop as a result of abuse or neglect by nursing home staff. It is their duty to make sure that your loved one is always taken care of properly. Because bedsores develop only over time and through a lack of movement, this is often a clear indicator that nursing home staff are not taking the necessary care of your loved one. An experienced bedsores lawyer will be able to assess your case, understand your legal options, and help you to hold nursing homes and their staff accountable.
An experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer will help you go after the vital compensation that your loved one needs to return to a normal life. They will understand how to hold nursing homes and their insurers accountable, as well as how to prevent the insurance company from getting away with offering only the smallest possible settlement. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue; you will need a qualified nursing home bedsores lawyer on your side to ensure that you get justice for your loved one’s mistreatment.
Why Should I Choose Peck Ritchey, LLC
Peck Ritchey, LLC has over 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. We have dedicated our practice to fighting for the rights of the elderly and are a leader in nursing home cases in the Chicago area. Our practice areas include a wide variety of issues affecting the elderly, from nursing home abuse and neglect cases to estate planning and Alzheimer’s disease planning.
You can trust Peck Ritchey, LLC to handle your bedsores case. As a member of the Elder Care Matters Alliance, we have received numerous awards related to practicing in the elder care field. A number of our attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers in Illinois, and our firm maintains a perfect 10 rating on the legal services website Avvo.
Peck Ritchey, LLC will bring our experience and involvement in the field of elder law to deliver the highest level of service to your case. We will treat you and your situation as unique, working with you from beginning to end to help you get the compensation that your family needs. Given the emotional and physical damage that can occur in the wake of nursing home negligence, you need the best on your side to make sure that your loved one and your family can get back to a normal life.
Types of Bedsores Cases We Handle
Both pressure from staying in one place for too long and poor hygiene can cause bedsores. In either case, bedsores can lead to further complications and even death, should they become infected. Bedsores develop for a variety of reasons, including:
- Immobility: When a nursing home resident is immobile in bed, in a wheelchair, or elsewhere, bedsores can form.
- Poor hygiene: If a nursing home resident is forced to remain in their own urine, it may break down the skin, making the resident especially susceptible to infection.
- Poor nutrition or hydration: Less fat or muscle can lead to brittle or thin skin, making a resident vulnerable to the development of bedsores.
Peck Ritchey, LLC handles bedsores cases that may have resulted for a variety of reasons, but the basis for all is the same: The nursing home staff did not take proper care of its resident. Additionally, many nursing homes have policies and procedures in place for treating bedsores, but a neglectful nursing home staffer may not follow the rules. Unfortunately, bedsores can lead to severe consequences for residents if left untreated, including:
- Acute pain
- Intense bruising
- Further injury to the site of the bedsore
Infected bedsores can lead to sepsis and death. If your loved one has developed bedsores due to nursing home abuse, Peck Ritchey, LLC can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove it. We can then bring a claim for compensation against the nursing home. With our help, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses to treat the bedsores and related complications
- Therapy and rehabilitation expenses
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to treatment of the bedsores
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- In particularly egregious cases, punitive damages
If your loved one tragically passed away as a result of their bedsores, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent nursing home. Through this claim, you may be able to collect compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium.
Contact Peck Ritchey, LLC Today Regarding Your Bedsores Case
If your loved one has suffered bedsores as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. Bedsore cases, like many other types of personal injury cases, carry relatively short statutes of limitations in Illinois.
We trust nursing homes to protect our most vulnerable, but nursing homes often violate that trust. Unfortunately, bedsores are often signs of nursing homes and their staff failing to meet the basic needs of residents. Even worse, some nursing home staff may choose to neglect residents because they are in a vulnerable position, and they should be held responsible.
Peck Ritchey, LLC is here to fight for your loved one and family and win the compensation that you need to return to a normal after a bedsores incident. Your loved one should not have to face the trauma of nursing home abuse or neglect because of another’s carelessness or lack of concern. Please call (855) 328-5787 today to speak with a member of the Peck Ritchey, LLC nursing home abuse team about your case. We are here to help.