When a nursing home resident’s minor injury is left untreated and thus progresses to something major that will inevitably kill her, the nursing home should be fined. This is equally true when one resident beats another in a nursing home cafeteria because there’s no staff member there to stop it. These are all problems that lead to nursing home negligence and wrongful death. The only way for a nursing home to be punished is to be fined, but an Illinois ruling ties the hands of the Department of Public Health on how much can be fined. Currently Illinois caps the violations at $10,000 a pop. The solution to this problem is simple, have the legislature permit higher fines for egregious elderly abuse and negligence. Illinois must allow for higher fines in order to remedy these ongoing problems. To read more about Illinois fines, please click the link.