Nursing Home Negligence and Elder Abuse

With our nation’s rapidly aging population we find that each year the numbers of family members and loved ones residing at nursing homes or assisted living facilities increases each year. It is of course a reasonable expectation that they will be properly cared for, and treated with respect and dignity. With the expanding numbers of residents in nursing homes and assisted living centers in the United States, statistics show that unfortunately there are a greater number of documented cases of abuse, neglect and negligence each year. The numbers show that in Illinois the elderly and dependent residents of these facilities who are some of society’s most vulnerable people, are victimized and suffer harm, injury or damages every day.


It can be difficult to spot the abuse, neglect or negligence especially when the resident is stricken with some form of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Getting a history can prove difficult in those cases. It is important for family members of nursing home residents to be aware of and be on the lookout for signs of problems, such as:

  • Sudden rapid weight loss.
  • Development of bedsores.
  • Bruising, sores or other injuries that appear without explanation.
  • Falls.
  • Agitation or emotional withdrawal.
  • Uncharacteristic depression or lack of interests in activities.
  • The use of strong medications or sedatives instead of supervision.
  • Unsatisfactory explanations for a resident’s condition or events.


At the Chicago Law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, we represent injured nursing home residents and the families of those whose abuse has resulted in the death of the resident in cases involving matters such as:

  • Bed Sores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus Ulcers
  • Malnutrition
  • Infection (Sepsis)
  • Issues with Breathing tubes
  • Choking
  • Medication Mistakes
  • Use of Restraints (Physical or Drug indcued)
  • Residents leaving Facilities
  • Falls
  • Elder Abuse
  • Physical and Sexual Assault or Abuse
  • Burns

At the Chicago Law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, it is our goal to bring a fair remedy to each individual case that we handle and in turn help to create an environment where substandard care will not be tolerated and the abuse of residents will be rightfully punished in accordance with the law.

If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, nursing home neglect or negligence in Chicago or throughout Illinois, you should take action quickly and contact the firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, on-line or call us at 312-586-1700 to set up a free consultation with a lawyer experienced in this area so that we can help you make informed decisions about your legal rights. As our client, a team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators who are dedicated to your cause will back you and strive to bring justice to your claim.