A nursing home should be a place where senior citizens can live in peace, finding excellent companionship and activities to help them lead full lives in their elder years. Many times, the nursing home serves exactly that purpose. However, sometimes, nursing home staff violate the standard of care and residents sadly suffer mistreatment.
If you believe your loved one is suffering from abuse, it is important to stand up for his or her rights and put a stop to it. A Cicero nursing home abuse lawyer can help. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Types of elder abuse that may occur in a nursing home include:
- Physical abuse: where the abuser causes physical pain for the victim, perhaps leading to a visible injury.
- Emotional abuse: where the abuser threatens, harasses, intimidates, or verbally assaults the victim, leading to emotional trauma.
- Neglect: where the abuser ignores the basic life needs of the elder victim, such as providing proper nutritional requirements, clothing, bedding, or timely medication.
- Confinement: where the abuser purposefully isolates the elder victim without a proper medical reason.
- Deprivation: where the abuser willfully denies the elder important aspects of care, such as physical assistance or a therapeutic device, risking physical or emotional harm.
- Sexual abuse: where the abuser touches, fondles, or has intercourse with the victim through threatening, forcing, or taking advantage of a victim who cannot understand what is happening.
A nursing home resident could be suffering from one or more of these types of abuse. If you suspect abuse, it is important to seek help for the victim as quickly as possible. Call the Cicero nursing home abuse attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for help. Contact us today.
Recognizing Elder Abuse
You do not have to be a professional to recognize the abuse of a loved one in a nursing home. In fact, as a loved one, you may be best able to see changes in your loved one that indicate an abusive situation at the nursing home.
Some of the signs that indicate abuse could be occurring include:
- Unexplained bruises.
- Unexplained sores.
- Wearing soiled or torn clothing.
- Poor cleanliness.
- Lack of personal hygiene.
- Sudden and unexpected changes in mood.
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Withdrawing from others.
Additionally, if your loved one shows a fear of being left alone with certain staff members or certain residents, this could be an indication that abuse is occurring.
Even if you are not entirely certain abuse occurred, you should report it and let authorities make the final determination.
If you witness abuse occurring at the nursing home, whether it is involving your loved one or another resident, you should call 911 immediately and report it to law enforcement.
You can hire a compassionate Cicero nursing home abuse lawyer to help you make a report to the IDPH and to the administrators or owners of the nursing home.
For a free legal consultation with a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer serving Cicero, call (800) 794-0444
Determining the Responsible Party for Nursing Home Abuse
Your loved one may have medical expenses related to the care required after the abuse. Physical abuse can result in many kinds of injuries that need a doctor’s care. Emotional abuse may require therapy or medications for treatment. You should not have to pay for the treatment for any injuries yourself.
No matter who is responsible for the abuse that is occurring at the nursing home, the administration should have put a stop to it if they were overseeing the nursing home staff’s actions. Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide the best possible care for their residents. If this is not occurring, the administration, staff, and owners should be held liable.
When you file a lawsuit against the responsible parties for the abuse, you are seeking compensation for medical costs incurred so far, estimated medical costs in the future, pain and suffering, among other items.
Some cases like this settle out of court through negotiations. Other times, the case goes to trial.
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You may have tried bringing up reports of abuse of your loved one to the staff and administration of the nursing home. You also may feel like those whose job it is to protect the residents are ignoring your concerns. Perhaps they make promises about changes that will occur, yet you notice nothing is changing.
At this point, it may be time to call in the services of a Cicero nursing home abuse lawyer. We know how to protect the rights of nursing home residents against nursing homeowners who do not want to listen. We will fight for the compensation and awards your loved one deserves, helping to put a stop to the abuse.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We do not shy away from tough cases, as we believe those who were responsible for the abuse should always pay for the treatment the victim requires. We will not accept payment for our services until we reach a satisfactory settlement in the case.