Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Neglect in Nursing Homes
Since 1992, the legal team at Levin & Perconti has represented hundreds of nursing home residents and hospital patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Because of this experience, we understand how Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia affect not only individual victims, but also their spouses, adult children, friends and loved ones.
An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to a report by the Alzheimer’s Association, 83,494 Americans died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease and its related complications in 2010. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Americans over the age of 65: in people over the age of 70 Alzheimer’s disease adds a 31% increase in the overall chances of mortality within ten years (a 61% chance of death within ten years in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as opposed to a 30% chance in people without it in the same age group). These statistics are particularly troubling when considered in the light that the medical field has not found a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, and are only able to slow down the progression of the disease in very nominal ways. As the situation stands now a third of the American population will have Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia upon their passing.
As America’s population continues to age the number of people that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia will increase at a corresponding rate, bringing with it an equal increase in the need for nursing home and assisted living care. For more than 20 years the Alzheimer’s lawyers at Levin & Perconti have helped people in Illinois and Chicago who are seeking answers about their rights when a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia is seriously injured or killed in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or when in a home healthcare services program.
Levin & Perconti: Protecting The Rights of People With Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia need significant amounts of care in order to thrive in a nursing home or assisted living setting, but unfortunately many Alzheimer’s patients residing in nursing homes do not receive the care and treatment they deserve because of the overpopulation, understaffing, and improper training that is endemic in many facilities. Often these failures in providing the necessary care and support that residents need is due to financial considerations on the part of owners and management companies who make the decision to put their profits over the well-being of patients. When a nursing home resident suffers a serious injury or even death because they did not receive the care and support they deserve, families need to take action to hold the facilities accountable.
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have represented families of Alzheimer’s patients throughout Illinois for over 20 years in all types of lawsuits against nursing homes and assisted care facilities. Examples of some of the more common injury or wrongful death lawsuits we have brought on behalf of residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia include:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Fall injuries
- Bed sores
- Medication errors or overmedication
Because patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia cannot speak up for themselves when they are suffering from elder abuse it is crucial for families to understand the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect and take action immediately if they suspect that a loved one has suffered an injury caused by the negligence of staff members in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or a home healthcare provider. Contact our Chicago Alzheimer’s attorneys at 312-332-2872 or contact us online today to discuss your potential case and learn about your options.