For reasons that are apparent, nursing home abuse is one of the most disturbing areas of personal injury law. The residents of nursing homes are exceptionally vulnerable, and it’s difficult to imagine anyone purposefully abusing them – yet, this does happen. If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, take action by consulting with an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer today.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) divides elder abuse (the kind perpetrated in nursing homes) into several distinct categories that include:
- Physical Abuse – Physical abuse refers to inflicting physical pain upon a nursing home resident. Warning signs can include bruises, burns, cuts and abrasions, pressure marks, and more.
- Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse can include touching, fondling, having sexual intercourse with, or engaging in any other sexual activity with a resident who does not consent, is unable to consent, feels physically threatened, or is physically forced.
- Emotional Abuse – Emotional abuse refers to assaulting a resident verbally, threatening to abuse a resident in some way, harassing or intimidating a resident, and other kinds of non-physical abuse. Signs can include unexplained withdrawal from one’s normal routine, an unexplained mood change, a sudden change in one’s level of alertness, and more.
- Confinement – Confinement can mean isolating a resident and/or restraining a resident (for reasons other than medical purposes).
- Willful Deprivation – When a nursing home purposefully denies a resident a necessity of healthy living, it’s called willful deprivation. Such deprivation can include denying medications, medical care, adequate nutrition and hydration, and necessary physical assistance.
- Financial Exploitation – Financial exploitation refers to misusing or withholding a resident’s resources (or defrauding a resident of his or her resources).
- Passive Neglect – Passive neglect refers to nursing home neglect, and while it does not involve the intention that accompanies abuse, it can be just as harmful and often includes the failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration, necessary medical assistance, necessary assistance with personal hygiene, and more. If your loved one has bedsores, exhibits a decline in personal hygiene, experiences an unexplained weight loss, it could signal neglect.
Abuse of any form in a nursing home is exceptionally dangerous – and especially repugnant.
Your Loved One
You helped your aging loved one find a nursing home that would provide him or her with the care and services he or she needs, and if he or she is harmed by nursing home abuse as a result, it can be devastating. Nursing home residents have the right to live their lives free of abuse from their caregivers, and this includes physical, financial, and emotional abuse of any kind. If you suspect nursing home abuse, don’t wait to reach out to an experienced and compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer.
You Need a Skilled Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer on Your Side
If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home setting, the formidable Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., have the experience, compassion, and fortitude necessary to help you prevail by obtaining just compensation. We care about your case, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.