The ever-growing number of elderly Americans living in nursing homes in America (currently around 1.5 million) has resulted in increased regulation to address the issue of similarly-increasing occurrences of nursing home abuse, or elder abuse. Nursing home abuse is a terribly serious issue that our Chicago, Illinois attorneys are all too familiar with. Please contact Gary D. McCallister & Associates, LLC for more information or to speak with a lawyer about your case.
Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
The elderly are increasingly becoming the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect by nursing home staff. Nursing home patients can be physically, financially, psychologically, and emotionally abused, as well as neglected and abandoned. Often, elder abuse leads to serious and even life threatening injuries, including bed sores, infection, malnutrition, dehydration, depression, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and broken bones. This elder abuse often occurs in corporate owned nursing homes, which employ practices that expand profits at the expense of the resident’s welfare. It is important for families to understand that any type of elder abuse is unacceptable, and that it is essential that immediate action be taken to protect the health of your loved one.
What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse
If you believe a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, there are a number of steps you can take to protect their welfare and guard their legal rights. Be sure to document injuries or changes in behavior with photographs or detailed notes, and report your suspicions to the nursing home. Request a copy of the report for your personal records. Additionally, making an effort to visit the residence more frequently can help protect your loved one from ongoing elder abuse or neglect. Finally, if you suspect elder abuse or nursing home abuse, don’t delay – let the team at our Chicago, Illinois firm look further into your case. Our experienced team will thoroughly investigate your nursing home abuse claim and determine the best course of action to protect the health and legal rights of you or your loved one.
Contact an Elder Abuse Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse or elder abuse, contact our Chicago, Illinois attorneys today. It is important to have an experienced and diligent lawyer assist you on your elder abuse case as soon as possible. Our attorneys have worked on many complex nursing home abuse cases. Please let us assist you and your family. We understand that learning of a loved one being abused in a nursing home can be very devastating. That is why our lawyers can help you receive the compensation you or your loved one deserves.