No one wants to hear or even think about patients being abused in a nursing home setting. It is a heinous act to victimize those who cannot protect themselves and are placed in these homes because they need specialized care. However, as unsavory as the subject is, nursing home patients are abused and neglected and not discussing it only keeps this tragedy behind closed doors.
When it comes to abuse in Chicago nursing homes, the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciate the sense of betrayal families feel when they hear or see how a loved one has been mistreated. If your family member was abused at a skilled nursing facility in the Chicagoland area, you can be assured that our firm will stop at nothing to hold the facility where the incident occurred fully accountable under Illinois tort law. Particularly when it comes to prosecuting cases of abuse, it is important to take action as soon as feasible in order to conduct the necessary investigation. Contact our Chicago law office for a free case review of your situation.
Signs Of Physical Abuse In Elderly Nursing Home Patients
Unfortunately, patients who are frail and are in poor physical or mental health are easy targets for abusers. The abuser could be a nursing home employee, another patient or even a visitor to the facility. The National Center For Elder Abuse defines physical abuse as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain or impairment. Striking, pinching, pushing, shaking and even unneeded restraining or use of drugs can be types of physical abuse that nursing home patients may suffer. Signs of this elder abuse are:
- Bruises or contusions from blows to the body
- Bruises or lacerations on wrists or ankles from restraints.
- Suspicious fractures
- Broken glasses or other personal objects
- Medication overdoses
- Change in behavior
Sexual Abuse: An Unspoken Atrocity In Nursing Homes
Another horrendous abuse act that can be perpetrated in a nursing home is sexual abuse of the patients. It is even harder to detect and stop, as many patients may be embarrassed or scared to complain about the abuse. There are some signs of sexual abuse that staff and family members should be aware of and investigate:
- Withdrawn or change in behavior
- Urinary or genital infections
- Bruises near the breasts or genital area
- Vaginal or rectal bleeding
Neglect of Nursing Home Residents
One of the most common types of abuse in nursing homes is neglect. This can come in many forms and can be rampant in nursing homes that are understaffed. Neglect generally refers to the patients basic needs not being met and can be just as severe as any other kind of abuse. Behaviors and signs of neglect are:
- Bed or pressure sores.
- Dirty linens or bed clothes
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Urine or fecal soiled clothes or bed
Reporting Abuse of Illinois Nursing Home Patient to Authorities
Any signs of abuse should be investigated right away. Unfortunately, many times the abuse is not reported when it happens, making it difficult to find evidence of the abuse later down the road. Suspected abuse in a Chicago nursing home needs to be brought to the attention of the administration at the home, state health nursing home authorities and in extreme circumstance, the police.
As a family member or friend, you are typically in the best position to monitor the well-being of your loved one. If you believe a loved one has been abused at a nursing home, it may be possible to pursue a legal case on their behalf. Our team of Chicago nursing abuse home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understands and sympathizes that this is a sensitive issue and we will handle the case with dignity. We invite you to meet with us for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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