The attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. recognize that a lot has changed since the 1961 establishment of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and the subsequent initiation of Medicare in 1965. Continuing acknowledgement of the rising population of individuals over the age of 65, subsequently led to policy reform under the Reagan administration with the 1987 enactment of the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA). Although there has been some policy reform affecting standards of nursing home care since the NHRA, many argue that only minimal improvement has occurred. Our nursing home liability attorneys understand that significant policy reform addressing matters concerning our nation’s elders should occur more than every couple of decades.
As reported by the Illinois Times, “A Chicago Tribune investigative series stretching from 2009 to 2011 uncovered several problems in nursing homes in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Problems included rapes, beating deaths, unnecessary dispensing of drugs, corruption, theft, and a state practice of housing mentally-ill patients in nursing homes instead of mental hospitals.” In response to this investigation, Illinois Governor placed into action a Nursing Home Safety Task Force, aimed at addressing continuing problems of abuse and neglect affecting Illinois nursing homes. This Task Force provided recommendations which assisted in reform of the outdated Nursing Home Reform Act, which until such recent amendments, arguably reflected only minimal improvement since its 1979 enactment. Our team of nursing home injury attorneys feel that modifications in Illinois regulations concerning nursing homes was certainly well overdue.
With such a profound increase in our nation’s elderly population, our nursing home attorneys are concerned over the manner in which these individuals are being cared for. According to a 2010 study, Illinois ranks the fifth highest in our nation’s population of elderly residing in nursing home facilities. Based upon the same survey data, provided by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was determined that in 2010, 95.4% of nursing home facilities presented evidence of deficiencies, is a term “given to nursing facilities for problems which can result in a negative impact on the health and safety of residents. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services define “actual harm” as a “deficiency that results in a negative outcome that has negatively affected the resident’s ability to achieve the individual’s highest functional status. “Immediate jeopardy” is defined as a deficiency that “has caused (or is likely to cause) serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident receiving care in the nursing home.” For more information providing nursing home data for Illinois, and other states, please visit http://www.statehealthfacts.org/compare.jsp.
The attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. have represented elderly victims, and the family members who have been victims of nursing home abuse. Our nursing home abuse attorneys believe that nursing homes, as well as all other persons found to be at fault, should be held liable for all acts, whether intentional or unintentional, which result in injury or death of our beloved elders. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of an accident, neglect, or abuse occurring in a nursing home, contact the Chicago Injury Law Office of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. at (773) 516-4100 for a free personal injury consultation with an experienced and dedicated nursing home injury lawyer.