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Tackling Nursing Home Abuse: Safeguarding Our Elderly Population

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.

Caring for Our Elders: Advocating for Justice and Compassion

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.
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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 in Chicago. 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 Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing Home Abuse

What is nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse includes any intentional or negligent act causing harm, injury, or distress to a nursing home resident. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or involve neglect of a resident's basic needs.

What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Signs may include unexplained injuries, sudden weight loss, emotional withdrawal, unclean living conditions, bedsores, changes in behavior, and unusual financial transactions.

How prevalent is nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is unfortunately prevalent, with thousands of cases reported each year. Many more cases likely go unreported due to fear or lack of awareness.

Who can be held liable for nursing home abuse?

Liability can extend to the nursing home facility, staff members, healthcare providers, and even third-party contractors if they contributed to the abuse or neglect.

What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?

If you suspect abuse, report it to the nursing home administration, contact adult protective services or law enforcement, document your concerns, and seek legal advice from an attorney with experience in nursing home abuse.

What legal actions can I take against a nursing home for abuse or neglect?

Legal actions can include filing a civil lawsuit against the facility or individuals responsible, pursuing criminal charges, and reporting the abuse to relevant regulatory agencies.

How can I document evidence of nursing home abuse?

Documentation should include photographs of injuries, written accounts of incidents, medical records, eyewitness statements, and any communication with the nursing home administration.

What damages can be pursued in a nursing home abuse case?

Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, punitive damages, and, in cases of wrongful death, funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

Are there time limits (statutes of limitations) for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit?

Yes, there are statutes of limitations that vary by state, typically ranging from one to three years. It's crucial to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure your case is filed within the required timeframe.

How can I choose the right attorney to handle my nursing home abuse case?

Find an attorney with experience in nursing home abuse, a track record of successful outcomes, and a compassionate approach to advocate for your loved one's rights. Research and schedule consultations to find the right fit.

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