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Failure to Provide Medicine or Care when Needed

What is an Abuse?

When families make the decision to move an elder into a nursing home, they expect the staff to properly care for their loved one, and improve their quality of life. The sole purpose of nursing homes is to provide care to residents who are in need of extra support. However, many times these expectations and wishes go unfulfilled. Neglect and abuse to nursing home residents from staff is disturbing, and all too common. When the staff or medical professionals fail to offer medical attention to residents who require it, a small injury to major illness can result. One of the most common forms of neglect in nursing homes is the failure to provide proper medicine or medical care to residents when needed. It is imperative for families to understand that failure to provide medicine or care when needed is considered abuse.


As we grow older our bodies lose some of their natural ability to fight off illness. Residents living in a nursing home with weakened immune systems, or health conditions, must receive proper medication on a regular schedule. Specific ways in which nursing home staff may fail to provide proper medical care to elderly residents can involve:

  • Failure to notice obvious signs of problems that require medical attention
  • Administering the improper medication or treatments
  • Lacking the proper medical training to care for residents
  • Failed to provide medical attention to those who needed a strict regimen of medications
  • Failure to care for residents who are exhibiting symptoms of heart attack or stroke
  • Failure to check in on residents who require regular checks by medical personnel or staff
  • Failure to care for residents who show signs of malnutrition or dehydration

There are certain indications that an elderly loved one may be suffering due to negligence of nursing home staff. These indications can include deteriorating health, hospitalization, significant weight loss, and bruising or bed sores.

How Shea Law Group Can Help You

If you believe your elderly loved one was injured as a result of not receiving proper medication or care while residing in a nursing home, contact Shea Law Group. If your loved one was abused in a nursing home in Chicago, Naperville, Rockford, Elgin, Berwyn/Cicero, or Milwaukee we are here to help. Our Chicago Nursing home neglect and abuse layers have fought nursing home businesses when they have been negligent in caring for their residents and have helped victims receive fair compensation. The representation of our Chicago personal injury attorneys costs nothing until you are compensated for your injuries. Please call us at (877)-365-0040 or online for a consultation.