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New Census Reports Americans are more likely than ever to reach age 90; May Cause Strain to Nursing Care Facilities

It’s at the same time good news as well as a word of caution. MSNBC reports that Americans are more likely than ever to reach age 90. Although it’s wonderful that healthcare has improved to the point at which people are able to reach such a remarkable milestone, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are concerned for the wellbeing of the elderly as a result of gross violations and negligence that occur every single day in Illinois nursing homes.

The most recent census figures indicate that the population of 90-plus year-olds has nearly tripled in size since 1980, and now totals 1.9 million people across the country. At it’s current rate of growth, the 90-plus population is one of the nation’s fastest growing groups, and is projected to reach 8 million by midcentury, representing 2 percent of the U.S. population, reports MSNBC. It’s a huge transformation from statistics taken a century ago, which reported fewer than 100,000 individuals in the United States reached the age of 90.

Though it’s wonderful to think that family members and other loved ones may have the potential to have long, prosperous lives, the fact remains that Illinois nursing home abuse cases are all too common. Simply put, more elderly persons could mean more instances of abuse.

Despite the fact that many state and federal regulations, such as the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, have been established to protect the elderly in these settings, gross violations occur every single day, tragically compromising the health, well-being and dignity of some of our society’s most at-risk members. Our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys are some of the nation’s most recognized and respected leaders in the area of nursing home negligence litigation, and understand that negligence can come in many forms.

Tragically, some of the cases our attorneys handle on behalf of injured nursing home residents and the families of those wrongfully killed include such things as injuries occurring as a result of negligently allowing bed sores and pressure sores to form, failing to properly supervise residents which led to falls or physical and sexual abuse by other residents, and other contemptible acts such as exploiting patients financially. Unfortunately, as noted by MSNBC’s report, there are unique challenges created by people living longer, including added costs to the already-strained social assistance programs, and the fact that many nursing care facilities are, even now, understaffed and ill-equipped to provide patients with the proper, necessary care.

Nursing home neglect and abuse cases are devastating for both the victim and the family of the victim. Our attorneys have the understanding and compassion to help families of victims through even the most complex and overwhelming cases. If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law.

Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that families are compensated for the suffering of their loved ones, and that care facilities across Illinois understand that substandard care will not be tolerated. In fact, our attorneys have obtained over $100 million in nursing home verdicts and settlements for neglected residents and their families, including a record-setting $3 million bed sore settlement and a $2.9 million record nursing home jury verdict against a suburban Homewood nursing home for the family of a deceased 57-year-old resident who was suffocated due to the home’s negligent care of her tracheostomy tube.