Nursing Home Falls As A Reason For Filing A Lawsuit

Nursing home falls continue to be a significant cause for concern in Illinois nursing homes.  As discussed on the “Falls In Illinois Nursing Homes” page,  falls occur on a fairly frequent basis, as seen in many statistics.  Additionally, as seen in statistics, media reports, and lawsuits against Illinois nursing homes, significant if not substantial injuries typically occur when residents fall.

Recently, there was a lawsuit filed over the alleged negligent treatment of an Illinois nursing home resident.  Among the resident’s alleged injuries that were caused during the fall were brain trauma that caused a brain bleed.

The lawsuit is discussed in various media sources, including the September 13, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Swansea Rehabilitation & Health Care Center face lawsuit over patient injured in fall” as well as the September 21 bnd.com article (with video) titled “Family says wife found man with twisted leg, ‘his teeth hanging out’ at Swansea center.”

An excerpt from the bnd.com article:

A family is suing after they say a 76-year-old man’s wife found him in a wheelchair Dec. 27, 2017 with his eyes glazed over, his leg twisted behind the chair and his teeth hanging out after five days into living at Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

That same day, Windsor Keller’s family says he had fallen down in the facility.

Another excerpt, regarding the lawsuit and its claims:

According to the suit, the nursing home knew that Keller was at a higher risk for falling, noting that he had two falls within the last three months and required assistance to stand.

Five days later, on Dec. 27, 2017, the suit states Keller had a fall at the rehab facility. His wife Constance said she found him after the fall that afternoon “sitting in a wheelchair with his right leg twisted behind the chair, with his teeth hanging out and with his eyes glazed over in distress.”

Keller was taken to Memorial Hospital, according to the lawsuit, where he was diagnosed with a brain bleed and a fractured femur. When he was admitted to Swansea Rehab as a resident, the suit states Keller did not have any signs of brain bleeding or a fractured femur.

Additional details regarding nursing home falls and the allegations made with regard to Windsor Keller’s care 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.

Pressure Sores That Occur In Illinois Nursing Homes

Pressure sores (also commonly referred to as pressure injuries, pressure ulcers and bed sores) continue to be a major potential threat to residents of nursing homes and other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  On this site, pressure sores are further discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, and individual posts concerning pressure sores are seen under the “bedsores” category.

Nursing home residents often have characteristics, including age, that makes them more vulnerable to the development of pressure sores.  If these pressure sores are allowed to worsen – and go untreated – there can be a variety of adverse health impacts.

Often, the development of pressure sores and the accompanying injuries – which can lead to a fatality – leads to the filing of a lawsuit.  These lawsuits often allege negligence in the health care provided to the nursing home resident.

One of these adverse health impacts that can occur from pressure sores is infection.

The Chicago Tribune published an article (with videos) on September 5, 2018 titled “In Illinois’ understaffed nursing homes, deadly infections persist from bedsores and common injuries that go untreated.”  The article discusses various issues concerning Illinois nursing home residents that have developed infections, and also discusses sepsis and septic shock.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

Year after year, nursing homes around the country have failed to prevent bedsores and other infections that can lead to sepsis, an investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune has found.

No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how many times these infections turn fatal.

However, a federal report has found that care related to sepsis was the most common reason given for transfers of nursing home residents to hospitals and noted that such cases ended in death “much more often” than hospitalizations for other conditions.

also:

In Illinois, about 6,000 nursing home residents a year who were hospitalized had sepsis, and 1 in 5 didn’t survive, according to Definitive’s analysis.

also, with regard to infection control:

Poor infection control ranks among the most common citations in nursing homes. Since 2015, inspectors have cited 72 percent of homes nationally for not having or following an infection control program. In Illinois, that figure stands at 88 percent of homes.

Illinois falls below national norms for risks of pressure sores or failure to treat them properly in nursing homes. Inspectors have cited 37 percent of the nation’s nursing homes for this deficiency, compared with 60 percent in Illinois, according to CMS records. Only three states were cited more frequently.

A description of sepsis is provided, and a video in the article further discusses sepsis and septic shock.

The article also discusses various lawsuits filed over the development of pressure sores and their health complications.

Additional details concerning pressure sores and infections in 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.

Theft Of Opioid Drugs From Illinois Nursing Residents In Bloomington And Normal

There are many potential problems related to the administration of drugs, including opioid drugs, to residents in Illinois health care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities.  Medications can be improperly prescribed or improperly administered.  Should this occur, the adverse health consequences can be wide-ranging and highly significant.  On this site, posts that discuss problematical issues with regard to medications are found under the “medications” category.

A recurring issue with regard to the administration of drugs to nursing home residents is whether prescribed drugs are actually given to the intended person.  Unfortunately, there have been many instances in Illinois – as well as nationally – in which a member of the nursing home staff has stolen drugs that were intended for nursing home residents.  This theft, which is often referred to as “drug diversion,” can happen for a number of reasons.  Typically, the staff member that steals the drugs wants them for their own use, or to sell the drugs for money.

Although many types of drugs can be stolen, among the most common types of drugs that are stolen are opioid drugs and other types of painkillers.

If the nursing home resident’s drugs are stolen instead of being administered it can create a situation where there can be a range of adverse health impacts, ranging from unnecessary pain to potentially life-threatening situations.

The August 4, 2018 Bloomington Pantagraph, in an article titled “Ex-nurse gets 4 years for stealing opioid patches from patients” discusses an alleged instance of stealing opioid patches from two Illinois (in Bloomington and Normal) nursing home residents who were terminally ill.

Additional details regarding this drug diversion issue, particularly as it relates to opioid drugs, 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.

Pressure Sores Health Issues And The Filing Of Lawsuits

As often discussed on this site, pressure sores health issues are often a sign of neglect.  If pressure sores (also commonly referred to pressure ulcers, pressure injuries, bed sores and bedsores) develop and worsen, it is often a sign that quality of health care received is inadequate.

If pressure sores develop, they can – and often do – worsen if prompt and proper medical care is not received.  In addition to the pressure sores health issues that can arise from serious pressure injuries, there are a variety of other adverse health conditions that often accompany the decline in health.  As seen in many Illinois nursing home incidents in which serious pressures sores have developed and worsened, it is not uncommon for such pressure sore injuries, if not reversed, to lead to the death of the resident.

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 negligence on the part of the health care provider (nursing home, assisted living facility, etc.) is often alleged.  In cases where the nursing home resident dies following the development of pressure sores, such deaths have often led to the filing of wrongful death lawsuits.

An example of an Illinois claim of negligence – as seen in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Madison County – is discussed in the June 1, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Rosewood Care Center accused of failing to provide adequate medical care.”  An excerpt:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between Oct. 13, 2016, and Jan. 9, 2017, Norma Sethaler was a resident at Rosewood Care Center of Edwardsville. The complaint alleges she sustained injuries including multiple pressure ulcers and an infection while at the facility, which caused and contributed to her death on Sept. 16, 2017.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants breached their duties to provide suitable and adequate medical, nursing and personal care to their residents, including the decedent.

Additional details regarding these pressure sores health issues as well as associated wrongful death 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.

Illinois Nursing Home Nurse Charged With Neglect In Fatal Incident

There was an incident in a Collinsville, Illinois nursing home in which a nursing home employee was charged with neglect.

The incident happened on June 30, 2017 at the Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  The incident involved a nursing home nurse allegedly failing to provide CPR to a nursing home resident that had suffered a heart attack.  The resident, identified as Eunice Vancil, died following the incident.

An excerpt regarding the incident and charges from the April 3, 2018 bnd.com article titled “Police:  Collinsville IL nursing home nurse didn’t perform CPR“:

A nursing home employee accused of not performing CPR on a resident allegedly saw that the resident had blue lips and was not breathing, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report.

That employee, 41-year-old Christy McCall of Belleville, was charged March 28 with neglect in the death of the 81-year-old resident on June 30, 2017 at the Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Another excerpt, from the April 8 Alton Daily News article titled “Former Nursing Home Employee Faces Charges“:

An Illinois Department of Public Health Report says the resident was found with no pulse and purple lips and was unresponsive. McCall is alleged to have not entered the room of the patient despite being aware of the patient’s condition. Bail is set at $25,000.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident of alleged Illinois nursing home neglect can be found in a variety of media sources, including 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.

Opioids Allegedly Stolen From Nursing Home Residents

Medications and prescriptions that are given to residents in Illinois nursing homes (as well as other health care facilities such as assisted living facilities) can be problematical for many reasons.  Medications can be improperly prescribed, improperly administered, or stolen for a variety of reasons.  If this occurs, the adverse health consequences can be significant if not substantial.  On this site, posts that discuss issues with regard to medications are seen under the “medications” category.

A recurring issue with regard to the administration of drugs to nursing home residents is whether prescribed drugs are actually given to the intended person.

Unfortunately, there have been many instances in Illinois as well as nationally in which nursing home staff have stolen drugs that were intended for nursing home residents.  This theft, which is often referred to as “drug diversion,” can happen for a number of reasons.

Two reasons for this “drug diversion” is that the nursing home staff member wants to use the drugs for their own use (which is more likely if they are addicted to the drug) or the staff member wants to sell the drugs.  Certain types of medicines can be very valuable to sell.

If the nursing home resident’s drugs are stolen – and therefore not administered – it can create a situation where there can be a range of adverse impacts, ranging from unnecessary pain or potentially dangerous adverse health consequences.

There has been an alleged incident in which a nurse stole opioid patches from nursing homes in Bloomington and Normal in late February.

The theft is discussed in The Pantagraph article of March 2, 2018 titled “B-N nurse accused of taking opioid patches from residents.”  An excerpt:

A Bloomington man is accused of removing opioid patches from the bodies of residents at two local nursing homes, including one where he worked as a registered nurse.

Additional details regarding these drug diversion 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.

Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault Of Champaign, Illinois Nursing Home Patient

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that happens to residents of nursing homes as well as other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities, is an ongoing significant concern.  Residents of such facilities are often vulnerable to abuse for many reasons.

As seen in statistics and news stories, as well as numerous allegations made in nursing home lawsuits, there are many crimes of a sexual committed against nursing home residents.  These sex crimes are often committed by nursing home staff members or other residents.

Nursing home sexual abuse and sexual assaults are discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page.   This page discusses various issues, including various possible “signs” of such abuse and assault. Individual posts that discuss these issues are found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

A sexual assault that occurred in an Illinois nursing home (in Champaign) is discussed in numerous media sources, including the December 6, 2017 News-Gazette article titled “Champaign man found guilty of molesting 90-year-old at nursing home” as well as the January 18, 2018 wandtv.com article titled “Man sentenced for molesting 90-year-old nursing home resident.”

An excerpt from the wandtv.com article, discussing the incident:

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a 90-year-old care facility resident with dementia.

Dontrell Netter of Champaign was sentenced to 30 years after being convicted of molesting the woman at a Champaign memory care facility more than two years ago.

A jury convicted him in early December of aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, and conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Additional details concerning nursing home sexual assault and the specific Champaign 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 Filed Over Elopement That Led To Death Of Woman

One possible hazard that can happen in long-term health care facilities (such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities) is if residents wander in the facilities, or wander outside of the facility.  This wandering is referred to as “elopement” and has been discussed before on this site.  Often, patients who wander outside of the facility are in jeopardy due various conditions, such as dementia, that they may have.  Various such past elopement incidents have led to the death of the resident.

There was an incident involving alleged elopement in a Pennsylvania nursing home on August 23, 2017.  The patient, Audrie Penn, 77, was later found dead two miles from the facility.

The incident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 19, 2017 nbcphiladelphia.com article (with video) titled “Missing Woman With Alzheimer’s, 77, Found Dead Miles From Nursing Home.”

An excerpt from that article:

A 77-year-old woman has been found dead about two miles away from the Pennsylvania nursing home where she was reported missing nearly a month ago.

Recently a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding her death.  That wrongful death lawsuit, including the allegations, is discussed in the McCall.com article of November 28.  The circumstances of the elopement as well as the search for Audrie Penn is also discussed.

Additional details regarding the incident can be seen in the sources mentioned above as well as the October 10 Washington Times article titled “Nursing home loses license after patient wanders away, dies.”

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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 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 is known for its 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.

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.