Nursing Home Negligence

Families all over Illinois place loved ones in nursing homes or assisted living facilities with the reasonable expectation that they will be properly cared for and have all of their basic needs met. When such an establishment fails to adequately care for a resident or hires a dangerous employee, senior citizens often suffer serious or possibly even fatal injuries.

Negligent institutions may be liable for various damages arising from these injuries. Chicago personal injury lawyer Susan E. Loggans takes nursing home negligence cases very seriously because fighting to protect the rights of one resident often helps ensure the safety of many others.

Attorney for Nursing Home Negligence in Chicago, IL

If you or your loved one has been the victim of any nursing home negligence in Cook County, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients in Des Plaines, Berwyn, Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, and several surrounding communities in the Chicagoland area.

Susan E. Loggans is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago who will work tirelessly to all negligent parties accountable and get you the compensation you need and deserve. She can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (302) 201-8600 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay anything unless you receive a financial award.


Cook County Nursing Home Negligence Information Center


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Types of Nursing Home Negligence in Illinois

Actions that cause physical harm or mental distress to senior citizens are commonly referred to as elder abuse. When it comes to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, elder abuse can take a number of forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, or financial abuse.

Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include, but are not limited to:

  • Bedsores (pressure ulcers);
  • Burn injuries;
  • Changes to will or power of attorney;
  • Fractures;
  • Malnutrition;
  • Medication errors;
  • Sepsis;
  • Sudden financial problems; and
  • Unexplained falls.

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Nursing Home Care Act Violations in Chicago

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is responsible for ensuring nursing homes comply fully with mandatory State regulations under the Nursing Home Care Act. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also has federal regulatory duties relating to facilities in Illinois.

The IDPH states that nursing homes are inspected at least once every six to 15 months. The IDPH publishes a quarterly report of nursing home violations in Illinois. Violations are classified as follows under the Nursing Home Care Act:

  • Type "AA" Violation, 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-128.5 — A violation of this Act or of the rules promulgated under the act, which creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a facility that proximately caused a resident's death. Under 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/3-305(1), a licensee who commits a Type "AA" violation is automatically issued a conditional license for a period of six months to coincide with an acceptable plan of correction and assessed a fine up to $25,000 per violation.
  • Type "A" Violation, 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-129 — A violation of this Act or of the rules promulgated which creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a facility that creates a substantial probability that the risk of death or serious mental or physical harm to a resident will result therefrom, or has resulted in actual physical or mental harm to a resident. Under 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/3-305(1.5), a licensee who commits a Type "A" violation is automatically issued a conditional license for a period of six months to coincide with an acceptable plan of correction and assessed a fine of up to $12,500 per violation.
  • Type "B" Violation, 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-130 — A violation of this Act or of the rules promulgated which creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a facility that is more likely than not to cause more than minimal physical or mental harm to a resident. Under 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/3-305(2), a licensee who commits a Type "B" violation will be assessed a fine of up to $1,100 per violation. 
  • Type "C" Violation, 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/1-132 — A violation of this Act or of the rules promulgated which creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a facility that creates a substantial probability that less than minimal physical or mental harm to a resident will result therefrom. Under 210 Illinois Compiled Statute 45/3-305(2.5), a licensee who commits 10 or more Type "C" violations in a single survey shall be assessed a fine of up to $250 per violation. A licensee who commits one or more Type "C" violations with a high risk designation, as defined by rule, will be assessed a fine of up to $500 per violation.

Type “AA” and “A” violations that continue beyond specified time limits can result in increased fines.


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Cook County Nursing Home Negligence Resources

City of Chicago | Elder Abuse Information — The City of Chicago describes elder abuse as “a pervasive and growing public health issue.” On this section of the city’s website, you can learn more about elder abuse and find links to the Department of Family & Support Services as well as its Division on Domestic Violence. You can find information about programs and initiatives in addition to phone numbers for agencies to contact if you need to report or inquire about elder abuse.

Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
1615 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 743-0300

Illinois Department on Aging — The Illinois Department on Aging’s mission is “to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.” Read recent news, view consumer alerts, and find information about different services on this website. You can also learn about the statewide 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of seniors.

Illinois Department on Aging
Chicago Office
Michael A. Bilandic Building
160 North LaSalle St., Suite N-700
Chicago, IL 60601-3117
312-814-2630


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Susan E. Loggans & Associates | Chicago Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer

Did you or your loved one sustain catastrophic injuries as the result of a negligent nursing home or assisted living facility? You will want to contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates as soon as possible.

Chicago personal injury attorney Susan E. Loggans represents individuals all over the greater Cook County area, including Calumet City, Burbank, Oak Forest, Elmhurst, Park Ridge, and many other nearby communities. Call (302) 201-8600 or submit an online contact form to have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.



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