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Fall RiskThe family of a woman who sustained severe arm injuries after being dropped while under the care of the Mosaic of Lakeshore has filed a lawsuit against the facility.

On September 20, 2016, Tiba Thurmond, as Power of Attorney for Property of Rhonda Ridley, filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County against the defendant, alleging that the facility failed to provide proper care to Rhonda Ridley.

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residential treatment facilities, Chicago medical malpractice lawyersResidential programs are entrusted with the care and treatment of troubled or disabled youths and adults, but some of them are hiding a dirty little secret. Riddled with claims of abuse and neglect of the very people they are supposed to be helping, they are responsible for more than 100 deaths per year. Worse yet, they are buying their way out of those claims, sweeping the bad publicity under the rug, and allowed to continue operating, despite their outright mistreatment of residents.

Abuse, Neglect, and Death

Tens of thousands of teens and disabled adults are sent to residential treatment programs each year. Though considered a last resort for exhausted and overwhelmed families or schools, facilities like these have allegedly been found responsible for at least 145 deaths over the last three decades. ProPublica recently investigated these deaths to determine what, if any, responsibility might be designated to such facilities. Their results were highly disturbing.

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illinois nursing home negligence, Chicago personal injury lawyerIt is a sad and unfortunate fact that the most vulnerable members of our society are also the most susceptible to abuse, neglect, and negligence. But just how prevalent is elder abuse, neglect, and negligence? How many of them result in wrongful death or personal injury cases? And just how often are those cases tied to the long-term care facilities entrusted with the care of someone’s beloved family member?

National Study Reveals Alarming Information on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

According to a study from the National Center on Elder Abuse, 3.2 million Americans resided in a long-term facility in 2008, and more than 900,000 lived in an assisted living setting. Interviews with 2,000 nursing home residents revealed that 44 percent had experienced abuse, and 95 percent had experienced neglect or had seen another resident being neglected. But the claims of nursing home negligence and abuse come from more than just the residents themselves; staff of nursing homes and regulating agencies also give us a glimpse into just how severe of a problem nursing home abuse and neglect has become.

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nursing home care, Chicago nursing home negligence lawyersA law signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn went into effect at the first of the New Year to help protect the safety, care, and rights of senior citizens in the state. The law is designed to improve reporting procedures, investigations, and swifter resolutions for negligence and abuse of elders in nursing homes.

A National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) research brief reveals that over 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating elder patients. Physical abuse was the highest reported type of abuse occurring in nursing homes and two-thirds of the incidents of mistreatment involved neglect. With research showing over 40 percent of people over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home before they die, these disturbing statistics are cause for high alert and concern among families.

Nursing home residents suffering neglect have been victim to:

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nursing home abuse, Chicago nursing home neglect attorneyTransitioning a family member into a nursing home is a decision that takes time, research, and careful thought before selecting a placement. The chosen facility needs to be safe with resources and staff available to create a suitable living environment. These expectations of proper security have been under scrutiny more recently as new research from the Gerontological Society of America has shown that nearly one in five people living in a nursing home is a victim of abuse.

Hostile and unsafe incidents among elderly residents, including physical assault, are occurring at such a common rate at long-term care facilities that staff members almost seem unaware of the growing problem. This negligence is leading to injuries, such as bruises, lacerations, and fractures, putting residents in danger in their own home.

Lead author of this latest study, Karl Pillemer, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University, attributes part of the problem to crowded conditions and lack of adequate staff for the number of residents needing care. In order to shed light on this dangerous reality of nursing home abuse, he says data collection of the incidents is just the beginning.

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