Burn Injuries in Nursing Homes

At Levin & Perconti, our legal team has handled all types of nursing home negligence cases throughout the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole, including many cases that have involved residents suffering burn injuries through the result of neglect on the part of facility staff.

Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities depend on the facility staff to assist them with many day to day activities, such as moving around the facility, assisting them at meal times, and bathroom and personal hygiene needs. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that many nursing homes are woefully understaffed, and in these situations even the best nursing home employees will have trouble providing the proper levels of attention to every resident under their care. In nursing homes that allow their staff to be stretched so thin the staff members are not capable of doing their jobs as they should, and consequently the possibility that residents will have accidents and be injured increases greatly.

In situations such as these, burn injuries due to the negligence of the nursing home are not uncommon, and some of the more frequent examples involve things like:

  • Residents burned in scalding bath water or showers.
  • Residents burned by hot water spills.
  • Residents burned by excessively hot food or drinks.
  • Residents burned while smoking without necessary supervision.
  • Residents burned in fires at nursing facilities.

If a resident in a nursing home is hurt by a serious or fatal burn injury because of nursing home abuse or negligence, the resident and their family have the right to seek to hold the facility and its staff accountable for their wrongs. Nursing home lawsuits don’t just help victims of abuse and neglect recover compensation for their damages, but also act to send a message to nursing home and extended care facilities that the law will protect seniors, and see to it that abuse and neglect will be punished.

At Levin & Perconti, our expert legal team has successfully recovered compensation for nursing home residents who have suffered serious burn injuries in Illinois facilities. Some of our recent success stories include:

  • $1.5 million settlement for an 87-year-old resident suffered burns to her buttocks after being placed in a sitz bath in which the water was too hot.
  • $1.5 million settlement against a nursing home for violating the Nursing Home Care Reform Act by failing to monitor a resident's cigarette smoking, leading to severe burns and death.
  • $900,000 settlement against a nursing home whose failure to monitor a 58-year-old wheelchair- bound residents’ unauthorized smoking caused the resident to sustain severe burns, resulting in death.
  • $675,000 settlement for a 67-year-old resident who died from severe burns after her clothing caught fire while she was trying to smoke in her bathroom.

In any legal proceeding time is of the essence. If you believe that a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or extended care facility it is important that you act quickly to protect your rights. Contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to speak with an experienced nursing home lawyer about your potential case. All consultations are free and you will not pay us fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client