Chicago Nursing Home Physical Abuse Lawyers
If someone you love has suffered nursing home physical abuse at the hands of the very people charged with their care, then it is important to act immediately. Peck Ritchey, LLC has years of experience holding skilled nursing facilities to account for their abusive and negligent treatment of our most vulnerable citizens. The elderly people in our communities have spent their entire lives working hard and taking care of others, and now need and deserve people to take care of them. When nursing home staff disregards this need, they can be held financially accountable.
The victims of abuse are often afraid or embarrassed to tell anyone. Sometimes, they aren’t even capable of notifying a loved one that someone is physically abusing them. That’s why it is so critical that we, as their loved ones, look out for things like bruises, cuts, and bedsores. Then, we must respond quickly.
Skilled nursing facilities are supposed to take care of our family members – not cause them harm. If they do, then call us right away. Our lawyers will aggressively pursue justice and help your family recover financial compensation for the harms you have suffered. Contact Peck Ritchey, LLC for a free case evaluation today by calling (855) 328-5787.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
In the same way that you would see a doctor if you get sick, hire a plumber if your pipes burst, or go to a dentist if your tooth hurts, there are some circumstances where consulting a professional is simply the only decision that makes sense. Personal injury lawyers are experienced professionals, and they are good at what they do.
If you decide to consult a personal injury attorney about your nursing home physical abuse case, then you have three advantages that you might not have if you go it alone:
- You have someone who knows the legal system inside and out.
Sometimes a successful case outcome depends on doing things right from the outset. A personal injury law firm has lots of tools at its disposal: Knowledge of the law and relevant statutes, research databases, legal assistant personnel, knowledge of court filing processes, and more. People who don’t deal with the law every day usually don’t have these assets available to them.
- You have an aggressive partner who knows how to deal with insurance companies. Insurance companies rejoice when a victim has no legal representation. They think they can get away with anything – especially not paying. And they will use every deceitful strategy they can think of to delay or avoid compensating victims. Personal injury lawyers recognize when a settlement offer is too low, and they know how to avoid making damaging statements on the record.
- You have someone to help you bear the burden. It can be very scary and emotionally exhausting to have to fight a company to get justice and the compensation you rightfully deserve. A personal injury law firm cannot alleviate all the stress and pain you are experiencing, but it can take some of it away. There is a lot involved with suing a company. Why do that by yourself while also dealing with all your other burdens?
Overall, with a lawyer’s help, you are likely to receive a much higher payout than you would handling your case yourself, and with far less stress.
Why Should I Choose Peck Ritchey, LLC to Represent Me?
With more than 100 years of combined experienced representing clients, Peck Ritchey, LLC has the know-how to handle complex cases. Our award-winning, talented lawyers have extensive experience with elder abuse and neglect cases. We do not shy away from a fight because we value and genuinely care about our older friends and neighbors in Chicago’s communities.
Despite every effort that nursing homes and insurance companies sometimes make to conceal abusive behavior by their employees, we won’t let them get away with it. The lawyers in our firm try hard every day to get justice for our clients and the people they love.
Types of Nursing Home Physical Abuse Cases We Handle
If you have noticed that your loved has cuts and bruises, gets bedsores, or seems withdrawn, then unfortunately, they might be suffering from nursing home physical abuse. It is important that you try to talk to them about what’s happening because often, they won’t open up about it on their own. They might fear that their abusers will become more abusive. They might feel embarrassed or even confused about why this is happening to them. Even if they refuse to talk about it, that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
Our firm handles many types of physical abuse cases that occur at skilled nursing facilities. Among them are:
- Wrongful Death
- Medication errors
- Traumatic brain injury
- Unexplained fractures and falls
- Cuts and bruises
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Slapping, pinching, pulling, etc. (acts reported by victims that are not always associated with physical markings)
- Improper use of restraints
Physical abuse is unacceptable whether it is malicious in nature, or simply a result of an overworked staff member resorting to extreme tactics. If you suspect for any reason that your loved one is being physically abused, contact Peck Ritchey, LLC immediately.
Nursing Home Physical Abuse is Rampant
One out of every three nursing home residents says that they have suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver, and 95% of them report that they have witnessed another nursing home resident suffer from abuse. These astounding statistics should alarm everyone who has a loved in a nursing home. It should alarm the population-at-large. How can these facilities who are supposed to keep our loved ones safe serve as the perpetrators of abuse against them?
Abuse against elderly adults who have dementia is particularly prevalent. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 50% of those with dementia suffer some type of abuse.
Call our firm
At Peck Ritchey, LLC, our clients are our number one priority. That’s why we take cases on a contingency fee basis. We will front all the costs for your case, and collect a fraction of your final settlement as our attorney fees when the case resolves. In the unlikely event that we are unable to win you any money, you won’t owe us a cent.
If someone you love has suffered nursing home physical abuse, then contact Peck Ritchey, LLC, so we can evaluate your case at no cost. Call us today at (855) 328-5787.