Yesterday’s report of the $2.9 million Cook County jury verdict the law firm of Levin & Perconti obtained for the family of a victim of gross nursing home neglect has sparked interest locally and regionally. Today, two papers, The Daily Southtown and the Chicago Tribune both ran stories on the tragedy.
The media’s interest in the story illustrates the importance of making members of the community aware of these gross instances of abuse and neglect in the state’s nursing homes. Unfortunately, this story is just one of many sad stories that are reported each year in nursing homes in Illinois and around the country.
If you or your family member has been a victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home, you have several courses of action:
1) Report the incident to your local Public Health Department. For citizens of Illinois, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-252-4343. For more information.
2) Contact your local ombudsmen to report the incident and receive advice on preventative measures that can be taken to ensure a similar incident does not recur.
3) Contact an attorney to determine if you or your loved one can be fairly compensated to the harm caused by the abuse and neglect of the nursing home.