Nursing home abuse is quickly becoming a growing segment of our legal practice due to the surge in senior citizen population. The greatest growth is occurring in our most aged. The 2010 census reported that the population of citizens between the ages of 85 to 94 grew by almost 30% from the previous census.
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and elder caregivers are feeling the pressure to give proper care to those who have physical and mental limitations. This pressure has resulted in sub standard care in some facilities that are more interested in their year-end stockholder reports, than in providing basic humane care for our most vulnerable citizens.
Unfortunately, abuse often goes unreported and unpunished due to the inability of the victims to report the abuse. Our aggressive pursuit of compensation for victims of nursing home abuse can help families get their loved ones out of unsatisfactory situations and into more compassionate care facilities.
Nursing Home Abuse? Retain a Top Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse or neglect is a general definition covering one or more of the following:
- Physical abuse: the infliction of physical pain or injury from mistreatment including slapping, bruising, sexually molesting or restraining.
- Sexual abuse: the infliction of non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
- Emotional or psychological abuse: the infliction of mental or emotional anguish from mistreatment.
- Financial or material exploitation: the theft or improper use of an elderly or disabled person's money or property.
- Neglect: the failure of a caretaker to provide the care necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness, including abandonment, denial of food or denial of health related services.
If you suspect nursing home abuse…
One of the first things you can do is to speak to one of our top nursing home abuse lawyers. Chicago has a large aged population and thousands of facilities charged with caring for them. Our attorneys have extensive experience advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves and can help you determine the cause for your suspicions.
Elder Abuse Signs
Signs of elder abuse can be obvious in which case our attorneys will assist you with bringing a case against the responsible parties immediately. More often the signs will be subtle. If several of these signs are present in your loved one, it is a good indication that abuse is occurring.
Nursing home abuse can be physical, emotional or both. Signs to watch for are:
- Sudden weight loss
- Bruising, burns, cuts, infections
- Torn clothing, bedding
- Obvious smell of urine or feces
- Poor hygiene
- Hair loss
- Bed sores
- Listlessness or emotional withdrawal
- Loss of personal items
- Unusual behavior; appears anxious or stressed
- Unusual financial transactions
- Refusal to speak in front of attendants
If you arrive for a visit and are refused access or your access is delayed, this could be an indication that the facility is trying to hide something.
Many nursing home patients are now over medicated with anti psychotic drugs to keep them quiet. According to the FDA, at least 15,000 nursing home patients die each year due to the off label use of anti psychotic drugs used as chemical restraints.
It costs nothing to meet with our nursing home abuse lawyers for a free consultation. There will be no fee unless we win your case.
Meyers & Flowers has some of the top nursing home abuse lawyers in Chicago. For more information on Nursing Home Abuse cases, contact our offices to speak to an attorney who specializes in this area.