Nationwide Nursing Home Injury Attorneys Chicago
Fighting for Justice for Nursing Home Abuse Victims
As a larger percentage of our population grows older each year, we increasingly
depend on elder care. Unfortunately each year, there are over one million
reports of elder abuse in nursing homes. Our Chicago nursing home injury
lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represent families and individuals
harmed by elder abuse throughout the country. We can travel to you at
no extra cost, bringing 50+ years of collective experience and unparalleled
insight from our 10,000+ cases resolved.
Common Nursing Home Injuries
Our firm advocates for individuals who have been victims of injuries in
nursing home and long-term care facilities, whether due to negligence
or intentional abuse. We believe in fighting for those who do not normally
have a voice, giving them a platform for justice.
Find out more about identifying the following types of nursing home injuries:
What Does Nursing Home Abuse Look Like?
According to numerous studies, the most common types of elder abuse fall
under the following categories:
abuse. Neglect occurs when a caregiver is negligent or indifferent to the well-being
of the elderly person under their care. If a nursing home does not provide
the necessary level of care required for the well-being of their resident,
they may be negligent. Often, the neglect is not intentional, but rather
a result of under-staffing problems at the nursing home.
Abuse of nursing home residents by a staff member or other residents includes
physical, mental, and even sexual abuse.
There are several types of abuse:
Physical abuse includes everything from physical evidence of assault, such as bruises
and broken bones, to untreated infections and bedsores.
Mental abuse may be more difficult to detect by the loved ones of a resident, but it
can be just as damaging as physical abuse. This type of abuse includes
isolation, threats, or intentional negligence.
Sexual abuse at nursing homes involves sexual harassment or sexual conduct that is
forced on a resident without consent, and can also cause severe physical
and emotional harm.
Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Some common warning signs of abuse or neglect in nursing homes include
but are not limited to the following:
- Sudden and severe weight loss, or other signs of malnourishment
- Bedsores, which are ulcers caused by pressure placed on parts of the body.
They can be caused by a number of factors, including an immobile resident
not being turned appropriately. Bed sores vary in severity, and often
initially appear as persistent red areas on the skin. If left untreated,
these sores can become so deep that they reach the muscle, bone or tendon.
The elderly have a higher risk of developing bed sores due to thin skin,
malnutrition, and poor circulation. This type of neglect is preventable,
but healing becomes more difficult if the sores are left untreated.
- Frequent bruising, cuts or open wounds
- Unexplained fractures or broken bones
- Over-medication, which is characterized by symptoms of lethargy, permanent
involuntary muscle movements, seizures, and even sudden death.
Resources for Nursing Home Abuse Victims & Families
National Center on Elder Abuse: Where to Report - Visit the National Center on Elder Abuse website for information on
who to contact to report suspected abuse or neglect of your loved one
in a nursing home. The site contains nursing home abuse hotlines for each state.
Nursing Home Injury Laws - More information about the laws that protect you and your loved ones.