Nursing Home Falls Lawyers
When you make the difficult decision to place your elderly loved one in a nursing home, you trust that the staff there will be able to provide the highest quality of care. Unfortunately, falls happen in nursing homes all the time, and the nursing home is often to blame. If your loved one has fallen as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact the nursing home falls lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC right away to discuss your case for free.
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide the highest standard of care for their residents, and no one should have to endure a substandard level of treatment or worse. Unfortunately, nursing home staff may shirk their responsibilities and take advantage of residents’ vulnerability, resulting in terrible consequences for your loved one. Abusive and neglectful nursing homes must be held accountable. Call the Chicago area nursing home falls lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC today at (855) 328-5787 to speak with a member of our team during a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Nursing Home Fall Case?
A fall in a nursing home can happen for a number of reasons, such as poorly maintained facilities or abusive or neglectful nursing home staff. These facilities are required to maintain very high standards, and staff are always obligated to fulfill their duties. Unfortunately, when a fall does happen, nursing homes often won’t take responsibility, and proving that the fall was a result of negligence can be difficult.
An effective nursing home falls lawyer will be able to communicate with insurers and nursing homes and ensure that you get the compensation that you and your loved one need to return to a normal life after the fall. They will be able to assess your unique case, discuss your legal options, and negotiate with insurance and other attorneys on your behalf. A lawyer familiar with nursing home abuse will know what evidence is necessary to prove that a fall resulted from negligence, a vital aspect of your claim. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to receive far more in compensation than you would attempting to handle your case alone.
How Can Peck Ritchey, LLC Help Me?
Peck Ritchey, LLC is a leader in Illinois elder care cases, with over 100 years of combined experience and numerous accolades. Our practice is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the elderly, including representing victims of nursing home falls. We have experience handling a variety of nursing home-related cases and general elder care cases, including estate planning, asset management, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Several 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 brings a strong background in elder care issues and our combined experience to every case. We promise to treat you and your loved one’s case as unique, working with you at each step of the process to deliver the best possible result. A nursing home fall can be a traumatic incident, so you should ensure that you have the best and most experienced attorney by your side to help get justice for nursing home mistreatment and win the compensation that your loved one needs to recover.
Types of Nursing Home Fall Cases We Handle
Nursing home falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including inadequate facilities and a failure to provide the highest standard of care. Some common reasons for nursing home falls include:
- Poorly kept/inadequate facilities at the nursing home
- Failure to provide or maintain sturdy handrails and fixtures
- Failure to provide or maintain adequate lighting throughout the facility
- Failure to remove obstructions or clean up spills in areas that patients regularly walk
- Unstable floors
- Ineffective wheelchair brakes
- Poorly maintained beds or other furniture
- Failure of nursing home staff to provide adequate care
- Incorrectly assessing a resident’s risk of falling
- Failure to following patient safe-handling practices, including assisting them with walking and transferring between beds and wheelchairs
- Failure to properly administer medication or consider side effects that may make a resident more prone to falling
- Failure to supervise patients and prevent them from walking into areas that may be dangerous or off premises
Peck Ritchey, LLC has experience representing these types of nursing home cases and more. Any fall caused because a nursing home staff member breached their duty of care to provide for the safety of your loved one can likely fall under the category of nursing home neglect. If a staff member was negligent, you can pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your loved one’s medical care, rehabilitative expenses, and pain and suffering, among other costs.
Unfortunately, many slip and falls cause fatal injuries, particularly among older Americans. If your loved one passed away as a result of a a fall in a nursing home, you can likely pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent nursing home. Through this claim, you can recover compensation for medical costs up until their death, funeral expenses, burial expenses, and loss of consortium.
Contact Peck Ritchey, LLC Today
Peck Ritchey, LLC has extensive experience handling nursing home cases for clients throughout the Chicago area. If your loved one has fallen at a nursing home, you should contact an attorney right away to schedule an assessment of your case. Illinois carries a statute of limitations for all personal injury cases, so you will only have a limited window to win the compensation that your loved one needs to recover.
Nursing home falls often result from substandard conditions. Because we put our trust in nursing homes to care for our loved ones when they are at their most vulnerable, we need to make sure that these facilities are held accountable when they violate that trust. Peck Ritchey, LLC is here to fight for your loved one and ensure that they can move on from the trauma of a nursing home fall. Please call the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC today at (855) 328-5787 to speak with a member of our legal team about your case. The consultation is free, and we are here to help.