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Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect

Elder abuse is becoming a serious issue in our city. New studies have found that instances of nursing home abuse and neglect in Chicago are grossly underreported, most often because family members do not know how to spot signs of mistreatment. This is why it is absolutely essential that you are aware of the signs of this epidemic, and that you report nursing home abuse and neglect to an experienced Chicago attorney as soon as you suspect it is happening.

If you suspect a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at their nursing home, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. or call 312-800-0000 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Chicago elder abuse lawyers.

Physical and Sexual Abuse

Signs of physical abuse are often the most obvious. These include unexplained injuries such as bruises, lacerations, and broken bones. These types of nursing home injuries should be brought to the attention of an experienced attorney immediately.

Sexual abuse may not be as obvious but can often be identified through bruises around hips and breasts, genital or anal bleeding, and the onset of a sexually transmitted infection. These issues demand immediate action from a trusted Chicago nursing home abuse attorney.


Nursing home neglect can often be identified through things such as malnutrition and dehydration, over/under medication, bedsores, and generally unsanitary conditions. Neglect is more difficult to establish than physical or sexual abuse, which is why you need one of our experienced attorneys on your side as soon as possible.

Emotional Signs of Mistreatment

Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse can all come with signs that require attention be paid to your loved one’s emotional state. Signs of abuse may include:

  • Visible fear around nursing home staff
  • A withdrawal from the nursing home community
  • Anxiety, depression, or high levels of aggression and agitation
  • Unusual new behaviors such as nail biting or rocking in place

Sudden changes in your loved one’s behavior is a good indication that something is not right. If you suspect abuse, neglect, or any other type of mistreatment, please contact the experienced Chicago elder abuse attorneys at our firm today schedule a free consultation.

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