Over the last couple of decades, there has been a sharp rise in the prominence of for-profit nursing home chains that has coincided with increased reports of nursing home abuse and neglect. According to the CDC, there are around 15,600 nursing homes throughout the United States serving 1.4 million residents and nearly 9 million patients receive some form of assisted short term or long term care every year. The number of homes owned by for-profit businesses has nearly reached 70% and the Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers do not find it a coincidence that the saturation of the nursing field with corporations out for financial gain has resulted in an epidemic of abuse and neglect.
Nursing Home Data Gives Reason for Alarm
In the period from 2010 until present day, there have been over 324,000 deficiencies reported for over 15,000 nursing facilities throughout the country. These deficiencies are classified by severity, with B class offenses considered as minor concerns and ranging to L class offenses, which are the most heinous and irresponsible. Over 90% of all nursing homes have at least one recorded deficiency, meaning that the odds are extremely likely that your loved one could be subject to some form of substandard care, even if the offense were minor.
Here is the number of deficiencies recorded over the last six years, by class of offense.
- Class B Offenses— These offenses do not result in any actual harm to patients, but represent a risk of potential injury and the development of a pattern worthy of concern. There were 7,135 of these deficiencies reported during the last six years and 264 were reported in the State of Illinois.
- Class C Offenses— Similar to Class B offenses, a Class C offense doesn’t result in any actual harm, but poses a significant risk to patients. The upgrade from a Class B to Class C offense occurs when the issue is considered widespread. There were 7,746 of these deficiencies reported, 1,091 of which occurred in Illinois.
- Class D Offenses— The majority of deficiencies reported fall into this category, which represents offenses that present the potential for more serious harm, even though no actual injury was reported. Class D offenses are isolated and not widespread, but there were a total of 185,619 of these offenses recorded, with 9,678 of them occurring in Illinois homes.
- Class E Offenses— A Class E offense is like a Class D offense aside from that it is more widespread and part of a pattern. Whenever a pattern of negligence is established, a nursing facility should be subject to higher levels of scrutiny to ensure that the pattern does not lead to an actual injury. There were a total of 85,855 Class E offenses reported, 3,146 of which occurred in the State of Illinois.
- Class F Offenses— These offenses pose the risk of more serious harm and are considered widespread or systematic. A Class F offense indicates that there is an elevated risk that the negligent pattern could result in the injury or neglect of a patient. 21,979 of these violations were reported, 1,507 of which were inside Illinois nursing facilities.
- Class G Offenses— A Class G offense indicates that a patient suffered an actual injury, but the event does not place other residents at risk of similar harm. These deficiencies are isolated events and normally the result of individual actions rather than systematic negligence. There were a total of 9,999 Class G offenses reported over the last six years and 655 of them were reported in Illinois.
- Class H Offenses— These violations also result in the moderate injury of a patient, but indicate a developing pattern of neglect or abuse. While other patients are not considered to be in immediate risk of harm, the concern is no longer due to an isolated event. Roughly 837 of these violations were reported.
- Class J Offenses— A Class J offense represents an immediate and serious threat to a patient that resulted in an injury. These events are isolated and not part of a systemic pattern. There were a total of 2,410 Class J offenses recorded and 89 were reported in Illinois.
- Class K Offenses— These offenses are due to a consistent pattern of negligent or abusive behavior. Class K offenses are part of a pattern of systemic abuse and pose a hazard to all of the residents at the offending facility. There were 2,012 of these offenses recorded and 49 occurred inside of Illinois.
- Class L Offenses— Considered the most severe and heinous class of offenses, these offenses represent widespread deficiencies that exhibit a complete disregard for the safety of residents and staff members. Of the 719 Class K offenses recorded, 59 occurred in the State of Illinois.
Our nursing home injury lawyers feel that the data above indicates the need to change the system in order to protect our loved ones from the impact of reckless greed on their health and safety. In order to discourage negligent and abusive nursing facilities from ever committing the same offense again, we always aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation allowed by state law on behalf of those who have suffered due to abuse, neglect or negligence.
Common Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Following you will find the most common types of injuries our Chicago nursing home injury lawyers encounter when serving clients whose injuries were due to nursing home abuse or neglect. If you have experienced any of the following or feel that your loved one’s injuries were due to abuse or malpractice, we would like the opportunity to investigate your claim.
- Medication errors, which may include prescribing or administering the wrong medication, the wrong dose or prescribing medications without consideration for potential drug interactions.
- Nursing home falls due to lack of supervision, environmental hazards or dropping a patient during transport.
- Physical or sexual abuse. This heinous offense can lead to both criminal and civil litigation.
- Assisted living accidents occurring during hospice care, home nursing or at day care centers.
- Choking accidents due to lack of supervision or failure to assist patients with a choking risk.
- Wheelchair accidents occurring while helping a patient into or out of a wheelchair or during transit.
- Evidence of physical restraint or the use of drugs or chemicals to subdue a patient.
- Broken bones or fractures suffered due to an accident.
- Untimely or wrongful death.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading provider of award-winning legal services and has a special legal team dedicated to assisting clients who have loved ones who suffered abuse or who have been abused themselves in nursing care settings. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified and experienced nursing home abuse lawyers to learn more about your rights and legal options. If we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, our services will be absolutely free of charge.