A nursing home injury is any act perpetrated against a nursing home resident. The injury can be physical, sexual, psychosocial, or financial. In most cases, this injury could have been prevented and is therefore the result of a negligent or intentional act.
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Nursing home employees have a duty to provide a certain standard of care and quality of life to each patient that resides in that nursing home. When these duties are not fulfilled and an elderly resident suffers a nursing home abuse injury, the negligent nursing home employee or the entire facility may be held liable.
A Growing Problem
Nursing home abuse is a growing problem, as many elderly residents fail to report these incidents because they are ashamed or feel intimated. Nursing home injury cases caused by nursing home negligence is a growing problem in the United States. Federal government studies reveal that at least 30 percent of the nursing homes across the country have committed some form of negligence or malice that has resulted in personal injury to elderly patients.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in different stages of healing
- Abrupt behavioral changes
- Staff who do not allow you to be alone with your loved one
- Mysterious venereal disease or genital infections
- Residents who are kept constantly over-medicated
- Vaginal or anal bleeding and stained or bloody undergarments
- Staff who refuses to allow visitors or delays visitation
If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse, immediately notify the head of the nursing home and document it in writing. Ask the head of the organization to investigate and call you. Then:
- Make more frequent, unexpected visits
- Keep a close eye on the abused person
- Document and photograph any bruises, cuts or bedsores
- Follow up on your request with the head of the nursing home
- Document what you are told and other things you observe at the home
- Make a note of how the staff acts towards you
- Talk to your loved one and other residents about signs
Assure your loved one that it is OK to talk about what is happening, and take notes.
Calling Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. will not cost you a penny. We will review your case for free and let you know how to move forward with your claim. If you live in the Chicago area and have a family member who you believe is a victim of nursing home abuse, please contact our law firm today. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we win your case.
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