Patients suffering from dementia and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease are often taken advantage of and neglected because the abusers believe that they can attribute any claims of abuse to the victim’s condition. The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe that any form of neglect or abuse toward our elderly should be subject to swift and strict justice. When we trust others with the care of the people who we love, it always comes with the reasonable expectation that the people caring for them will provide attentive and quality care.
Dementia Patients at Elevated Risk of Abuse
Patients who are suffering from dementia are less aware of what is happening to them and may be more susceptible to suggestion. This makes them ideal victims for those who would swindle them out of their money or put them through regular emotional or physical abuse, only to accuse them of making up lies when they attempt to report the abuse. Some of the forms our Illinois nursing home injury lawyers have seen include the following.
- Nursing home neglect— whether due to understaffing or poor training, some dementia patients are neglected by their caregivers. When patients suffering from neurological disorders are neglected, they could wander off, harm themselves or become depressed.
- Physical abuse— there is no excuse for physically abusing an elderly patient. Some dementia patients have outbursts or mood swings and caregivers may respond by restraining or threatening the patient. Physical abuse can include excessive restraint and other forms of violence against the victim.
- Sexual abuse— dementia patients are at greater risk of being victims of sexual abuse and the perpetrators could be patients at the same facility, staff members or visitors. It is important that these patients are properly supervised in order to ensure their safety.
- Verbal and emotional abuse— in many cases of neglect or abuse, the abuser will threaten or verbally abuse the victim in order to keep him or her silent and compliant. This can lead to further mood swings, depression, aggressiveness, social withdrawal, outbursts and changes in sleeping habits.
- Financial abuse— dementia patients are at a much greater risk of suffering financial abuse than any other type of nursing patient. The abuser will take advantage of their confusion and obtain information needed to steal from the victim.
What You Can Do
It is completely reasonable and within your rights to investigate any incident that you believe could be the result of neglect or abuse when you feel that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or abusive behavior. Following are some of the signs to watch out for which may signal the need to investigate.
- Your loved one shows physical signs of abuse such as bruises or marks on his or her wrists, ankles, arms or genitals.
- Your loved one suffers from sudden mood swings which are not typical of previous behavior.
- Your loved one accuses a staff member or resident of physical, verbal or sexual abuse.
- Your loved one becomes silent suddenly whenever in the presence of a caregiver.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would be happy to help you determine whether your loved one has become the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. Our award winning firm has successfully represented thousands of clients who were the victims of negligent or abusive behavior and we can ensure that the facility and caregivers tasked with providing your loved one’s care are held responsible for their actions.
Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our highly qualified Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys. We will help you identify the signs of abuse, launch a thorough investigation into the matter and review all of your legal options. If we believe that your loved one is the victim of abuse, we will assist you in removing him or her from the harmful environment and aggressively pursue the damages you are entitled to from the negligent facility. If we are unable to recover compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.