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 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:
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Emotional abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Malnutrition & dehydration
What Does Nursing Home Abuse Look Like?
According to numerous studies, the most common types of elder abuse fall under the following categories: neglect and 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.
Contact Our Nationally Trusted Attorneys at Pintas & Mullins
When nursing home abuse is suspected, residents and family members often feel angry and frustrated over the violation of trust by a facility that was supposed to care properly for a loved one. With decades of experience, our nursing home injury attorneys in Chicago, Illinois are extremely knowledgeable and offer nationwide representation. If you suspect a loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact our office immediately at (888) 444-9136. We can provide you with a free no-obligation consultation and explain your legal rights.
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.