Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Pressure Ulcers And Serious Health Problems

As discussed throughout this site, there are many acts and incidents that can constitute nursing home neglect.  As summarized on this site, these acts of neglect have often led to the death of Illinois nursing home residents.

A frequent indicator of nursing home neglect is if pressure sores develop and worsen in condition.  As discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, these sores – especially if not promptly and properly treated – often lead to as well as accompany a deterioration in health.  Often, wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of the decedent if the pressure sores lead to the death of the nursing home resident.

The bnd.com article of September 28, 2017 titled “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Granite City nursing home” discusses a lawsuit that alleges various aspects of nursing home neglect previous to the death of a Granite City nursing home resident.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

A Granite City nursing home let a 76-year-old woman sit in her own feces and urine and develop pressure sores on her body, a federal lawsuit alleges.

also:

At the time of her death, Legate had sepsis, recurrent infections, pressure sores, skin breakdown, malnutrition, dehydration and was in renal failure, the lawsuit says.

For those unaware of sepsis, it is a serious health condition that often accompanies serious pressure injuries.  The condition is further discussed on the “Sepsis” page.

Additional details concerning this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in the article mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Medication Errors In Nursing Homes

Among the many potential issues with regard to nursing home care remains that of medications.  There are many potentially problematic issues, including those of prescription errors, improper medication administration, and overdosing.  As well, for some drugs there is the threat of “drug diversion,” where the nursing home staff may steal the prescription, either for their own usage or for reselling the drugs.

Various aspects of these “medication” issues are further discussed on the “Nursing Home Medication Problems” page.  As well, posts concerning medication problems and their consequences can be found under the “medications” category.

A September 2, 2017 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (“Robert Behr got the wrong medicine at a Florissant nursing home.  Then he died.”) tells of an alleged medication error involving a nursing home resident.  The resident died, and a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the incident.

An excerpt regarding the medication incident, from the article:

A drug mix-up at a Florissant nursing home led to the death of a 72-year-old man who was given another resident’s medication, federal investigators found.

Robert L. Baehr died in November 2015 of low blood sugar about two weeks after nurses at Bent-Wood Nursing and Rehab Center mistakenly gave him a prescription drug used to treat diabetes, which Baehr did not have.

The drug was intended for another resident of the nursing home, and a nurse mixed up their records, according to an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Baehr also received one dose of an antibiotic and four doses of a drug to lower blood pressure that he was not prescribed, the investigative report shows.

Additional details regarding these problematical medication issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Pressure Ulcers And Other Alleged Neglect

Pressure ulcers (also commonly referred to as bedsores, bed sores, pressure sores and pressure injuries) are a common reason for the filing of lawsuits against health care providers, especially those that attend to the elderly and others who are vulnerable to developing such injuries.  Because pressure ulcers – due to their many potential ill-effects on general health as well as their often accompanying neglect in care –  can lead to death, many of the lawsuits filed are wrongful death lawsuits.

A common complaint regarding the development of pressure sores is that such injuries should not develop – i.e. they are preventable if various basic precautions are taken.  As such, if pressure sores develop – and worsen if they are not promptly and correctly treated – negligence on the part of the health care provider is often alleged.

An example of a Chicago-area claim of negligence – as seen in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Will County – is discussed in the July 11, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Salem Village Sued In Wrongful Death Lawsuit” as well as The Herald-News article titled “Dead man’s mother files suit against Salem Village.”

An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article concerning the lawsuit and its allegations:

Relatives of a Joliet man who died last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The long-term nursing care facility on Joliet’s east-side, in the 1300 block of Rowell Ave., is accused of several acts of negligence surrounding the Sept. 12, 2016 death of Michael Morris, who was only 43.

As seen in the article, multiple pressure ulcers allegedly developed and worsened, as well as other alleged acts of abuse and neglect in the decedent’s care.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article:

The center is also accused of failing to provide properly supervised nursing and personal care, including turning and repositioning Morris at least every two hours, daily skin inspections, weekly skin assessments and nutritional monitoring.

Salem Village provides nursing, intermediate and rehabilitation services, and is located in the 1300 block of Rowell Avenue in Joliet.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Facility Sued Over Circumstances Of Resident’s Death

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can be the grounds for a successful lawsuit.  Various types of nursing home neglect and abuse have been discussed throughout this site.  As well, many Illinois lawsuits concerning these shortcomings in care have been summarized.

In addition to neglect and abuse, there have been many nursing home accidents that have occurred.  While the causes of these accidents are broad, often such accidents involve some type of negligence or carelessness.

A lawsuit that alleges various instances of negligence regarding the death of a resident (Pauline Purifoy) in an Illinois nursing center is discussed in the Madison Record article titled “Cahokia nursing center sued over woman’s 2015 death.”

An excerpt from the article:

“Pauline Purifoy died from septic shock and multiorgan failure April 18, 2015,” the lawsuit states.

Jackson’s lawsuit lists five counts of violations of Illinois’s administrative code and the states Nursing Home Care Act, in addition to medical negligence, wrongful death, and asks for more the $50,000 for each count.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in various articles including the Madison Record article mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Fall And Head Injury At Assisted Living Facility

Falls among the elderly remains a substantial concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  Among the injuries that often occur are traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Because of the seriousness of falls – as well as their frequency – such falls have often been discussed on this site.

Because of the serious and often long-lasting effects of injuries resulting from falls – and the possibility of such falls leading to death – lawsuits against nursing homes in which these falls occur are common.

A wrongful death lawsuit concerning a fall and subsequent alleged negligent care received by an assisted living resident is seen in a lawsuit filed in Virginia.

The lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources, including the April 24, 2017 Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit against Colonial Manor, doctor” as well as the April 24 McKnight’s Senior Living article titled “Daughter seeks $1.5 million in death of mother after fall at assisted living community.”

As seen in the article, the assisted living resident (Alice Allen) is claimed to have fallen out of her wheelchair and hit her head on the floor.

Notable excerpts from the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article include:

The daughter of a woman who died in 2012 after a fall at a Williamsburg assisted living center is seeking a $1.5 million settlement in a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit.

Thelma Barbour is suing Norfolk physician Paul Augustine, Colonial Manor Senior Living and Augustine’s employer, the Visiting Physicians Association, alleging they did not provide adequate care to her mother after she suffered a head injury from a fall, according to documents filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

also:

Allen died August 23 after suffering complications from a subdural hematoma, documents state.

Additional allegations made in the lawsuit, as well as Colonial Manor’s response to the allegations, are further discussed in the articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Highland Park Nursing Home Resident’s Death

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can lead to the filing of a successful lawsuit.  Many of these types of neglect and abuse have been discussed on this site, and both lawsuits filed in Illinois as well as in other states have been summarized.  As well, nursing home accidents often occur, and these accidents often are rooted in some type of negligence or carelessness.

While the the range of potential claims for nursing home (as well as other types of long-term health facilities, such as assisted living facilities) lawsuits is broad, there are various types of events and injuries that are common reasons for the filing of personal injury or (in the case of fatal accidents or injuries) wrongful death lawsuits.

Errors committed by nursing home staff is one source of negligence.  As mentioned previously on this site, errors in the administration of medication have occurred.  However, there are many other types of errors that can occur, and some have led to the death of the nursing home resident.

A recent nursing home wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding an alleged error made by nursing home staff at Warren Barr North Shore, a Highland Park, Illinois nursing home.

The lawsuit is discussed in various media sources, including the April 6, 2017 Highland Park News article titled “Lawsuit alleges Highland Park nursing home ignored resuscitation wishes” as well as the McKnight’s April 6 article titled “SNF staff misread chart, failed to resuscitate resident, family’s lawsuit claims.”

An excerpt from the Highland Park News article:

A family has filed suit against a Highland Park nursing home alleging the facility “failed to resuscitate” a 52-year-old woman in accordance with her wishes.

also:

The suit says Cencula’s instructions were to “render full treatment including all resuscitation efforts medically available to her in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest.”

While initially it was believed that Cencula’s instructions were not to be resuscitated, subsequently it was determined that the instructions had been misread, and paramedics were called to immediately respond.

Kimberly Cencula was pronounced dead by the Highland Park Fire Department at 5:05 a.m.

Additional details can be seen in the sources indicated above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Chicago Nursing Home Resident’s Death

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the alleged nursing home neglect in the death of a resident at a Chicago nursing home in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

The resident (Christine Young, 89) died after choking on a piece of hard candy on March 25, 2015.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources, including the April 3, 2017 Daily Southtown article titled “Blind octogenarian dies after choking on candy at South Side nursing home:  lawsuit” as well as the McKnight’s article of April 5 titled “Facility sued after resident dies from choking on candy.”

An excerpt from the Daily Southtown article:

The suit, which names the facility’s two nursing home administrators, director of nursing and assistant director of nursing, alleges a violation of the Nursing Home Care Act and common law negligence.

Symphony of Morgan Park, which was then known as Renaissance Park South, “failed to supervise [Young] while she was eating to observe, identify and prevent choking incidents,” “failed to oversee the comprehensive assessment of [Young’s] needs” and “failed to develop an up-to-date resident care plan” for her, the suit claims.

Additional details regarding this wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Chicago nursing home can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Sexual Assaults Committed By Residents

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that happens to residents of nursing homes is an ongoing significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by other nursing home residents, as well as by nursing home staff.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed both on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page – which also discusses various possible “signs” of such acts – as well as in individual posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Another alleged instance of sexual molestation of a nursing home resident has been reported in New York.  A nursing home resident in New York, Thomas Moore, has been charged with regard to sexually abusing another resident at a nursing home.

An excerpt from The Buffalo News article of March 21, 2017, titled “Assault at nursing home raises questions about why sex offender was living there“:

Authorities accused Moore of entering the room of another Waterfront resident at about midnight on Jan. 3, pulling off her blanket and molesting her. Police arrested Moore nine days later, charging him with sexual abuse of a person incapable of giving consent and with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.

The police report filed after Moore’s arrest said the woman had told Moore to leave her room “multiple times” before he came in at midnight, pulled down her blankets and molested her.

The March 21 wgrz.com article (with video) titled “Man charged with sexual abuse in nursing home” also discusses this incident.

Additional details concerning nursing home sexual assault can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Concerning Various Injuries From Nursing Home Slip And Fall Accident

Falls that happen in nursing homes and similar health care facilities remain a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious and possibly life-threatening injuries.  Residents of nursing homes can be particularly susceptible to injury due to many factors, including age.

The type of injuries due to these falls is broad, and can include traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as well as various fractures.  On this site, reasons for falls are discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as many posts in the “nursing home falls” category.  Additional commentary concerning falls can be seen in the following pages:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

Due to the number of residents who fall in nursing homes, as well as the accompanying accident injuries which are often serious in nature, nursing home falls often lead to lawsuits against the nursing home or other long-term health care facility.

An example of a lawsuit against a nursing home for alleged injuries suffered during a “slip and fall” accident at a Pennsylvania nursing home is described in the March 9, 2017 PennRecord article titled “Lawsuit:  Wallingford nursing home negligent in causing plaintiff’s injuries.”  An excerpt regarding the alleged injuries stemming from the plaintiff’s fall, which is claimed to have happened due to a “slippery accumulation of water on the floor”:

The plaintiff says she suffered multiple injuries due to the accident, including a right fibular fracture, cervical spine injuries, right shoulder injuries, soft tissue edema, significant pain and suffering, anguish, scarring and/or disfigurement.

Additional details regarding nursing home falls, accident injuries, and related lawsuits can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Report Concerning Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that occurs to residents of nursing homes continues to be a significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by nursing home staff as well as by other nursing home residents.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page;  this page also discusses various possible signs of such acts.

Various other issues are discussed in posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Recently, CNN has published an investigative report titled “Sick, dying, and raped in America’s nursing homes.”

Notable excerpts include:

Some of the victims can’t speak. They rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for.

Instead, they are sexually assaulted.

The unthinkable is happening at facilities throughout the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them.

It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But through an exclusive analysis of state and federal data and interviews with experts, regulators and the families of victims, CNN has found that this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine.

Even more disturbing: In many cases, nursing homes and the government officials who oversee them are doing little — or nothing — to stop it.

Sometimes pure — and even willful — negligence is at work. In other instances, nursing home employees and administrators are hamstrung in their efforts to protect victims who can’t remember exactly what happened to them or even identify their perpetrators.

The report cites various statistics – including those for Illinois nursing homes – regarding sexual abuse and assaults.

Also, the report discusses the challenges in identifying and investigating possible instances of crimes.  Another excerpt:

Many nursing home employees promptly report abusers to authorities as required by federal law and assist in the investigations. But in numerous examples of abuse uncovered by CNN, the facilities themselves have made it possible for violent rapes and sexual assaults to go unchecked.

In these facilities, allegations are routinely questioned or dismissed because victims have cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Workers often lack the specific training needed to spot sexual abuse — keeping reports of abuse from ever reaching authorities. And the reputation and safety of the facility may take priority: There’s often a fear that bringing investigators into a cash-strapped facility may expose other issues, threaten a nursing home with closure or open the door to costly lawsuits.

Most sinister of all are administrators and employees who actively impede investigations.

Additional details concerning the issue of sexual abuse and sexual assaults of nursing home residents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.