Preserving the Dignity of Your Loved Ones
Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers at Ripplinger & Zimmer L.L.C.
There simply is no excuse for neglecting or abusing elderly and disabled people. At the Belleville, Illinois law office of Ripplinger & Zimmer L.L.C., we’re prepared to alert and work with the proper authorities when nursing home abuse occurs. Our lawyers requisition records and logs, as well as subpoena employee files to uncover violations of protocols and negligence. Nursing homes are licensed and must meet certain state requirements to stay in operation. When abuse or neglect occurs, the last thing they want is to be shut down. That’s why our attorneys are prepared to act immediately before incompetence is covered up.
If you have questions regarding the legal options available to you in a nursing home abuse case, contact the law office of Ripplinger & Zimmer L.L.C. today. Representing clients throughout Missouri and Illinois, we are happy to travel to St. Louis, St. Charles, Rolla, Joplin, Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Danville, or Libertyville. We offer free consultations and recover our fees as a percentage of any settlement awarded our clients.
Causes for Concern
Nursing homes have to abide by health, safety, and sanitation requirements. Indications that neglect or abuse might be occurring in a nursing home are things such as:
- Bed sores
- Loss of weight
- Unsupervised walks
- Over or under medication
- Lost or disappearing items
- Unexplained bruises or broken bones
Additionally, nursing homes that fail to perform adequate background checks on employees who later abuse or assault patients are also liable for their actions.
Protect the One You Love
Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
The first step to recognizing signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is understanding it. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), defines elderly abuse as any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected, abused, or mistreated in a nursing home, please contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C. in Belleville, Illinois, today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Illinois and Missouri. Please don’t hesitate to call, even if you are uncertain if abuse has occurred.
Some common signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Bed sores (skin ulcers)
- Falls from beds unprotected by railings
- Improper medication
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained injuries
- Withdrawal from normal activities
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Poor access to medical services
- Unreasonable physical restraint
- Elder reports of being slapped or mistreated
When nursing home employees do not provide adequate care or supervision, residents with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, may wander off and become injured. Residents may fall and suffer fractures or become victims of sexual assault.
Nursing homes must uphold certain, well-defined standards of care. When they fail to do so, their negligence can cause serious injury and even death. At Ripplinger & Zimmer, we have a long and successful track record of standing up for the rights of vulnerable, elderly nursing home residents who have been victimized by their caregivers. We work relentlessly to recover financial compensation for victims and to help ensure that other nursing home residents do not suffer similar injuries.