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Nursing Home Law

Our Nursing Home practice group provides representation in lawsuits, helps navigate potential claims and assists with investigation of injuries. For numerous reasons, nursing homes are a target for litigation. Legislation typically allows Illinois and Missouri courts to award attorney's fees to a winning plaintiff. The extensive regulations governing nursing homes are also a lightning rod for criticism.

Our nursing home team has handled dozens of nursing home cases to successful completion. One of our lawyers earned his medical degree prior to attending law school and his medical knowledge brings enormous value to our ability to understand and develop effective strategies. We also employ a full time RN to dissect the medical issues unique to each case, to research the medical literature to stay abreast of medical developments and to assist with developing appropriate defenses.

Our team has represented nursing homes where the injuries have ranged from death, subdural hematomas, pressure sores, broken bones (including broken neck, hip, femur, arm, etc.) and infection to elopement, dehydration, DVT, amputation, perforated intestine, allegations of staff abuse and other injuries. Our attorneys have also had extensive experience with insurance and the potential issues in this area of health care.

Our nursing home clients have been quite varied over the years. We have represented faith-based, not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation facilities, nationwide organizations that operate dozens of numerous facilities across the United States, small stand-alone facilities, intermediate care and skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for individuals with mental illness requiring institutional psychiatric care.

In connection with our work over the years, we have developed relationships with health care experts who have specialized in such areas as neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, gerontology, diabetes, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, wound care and nursing home administration. The expert witnesses we retain on your behalf are properly trained and have extensive experience in the field in which they are expected to render expert opinions.

We also carry out our representation in a cost-effective manner. Whether our clients are fully insured or completely uninsured, or somewhere in-between (large deductibles, self-insured retentions or risk retention groups), we recognize that our success is meaningless if we do not deliver our services with value. It goes without saying that your priority is our priority. In one case, an early settlement might be the best result, whereas another situation might require an aggressive defense to control the unrealistic expectations for a large payout.

Early in our representation, we listen to our clients so that with effective communication, our clients have a clear understanding and expectation as to how the litigation might unfold. We conduct a thorough investigation, retain experts and assemble our resources to ensure the best possible result is achieved at every stage of litigation.

We believe that our commitment to excellence, service and value will help us achieve our goal to bring long-term satisfaction to each and every client.