What should I look for if I suspect nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is not easily detected. Nursing home abuse takes on many different forms and it is not just intentional conduct. Many of our elderly and incapacitated citizens living at nursing homes will experience years of nursing home abuse without ever being the victim of an intentional physical act. While when we do hear about nursing home abuse, it always surrounds some intentional act that caused harm. However, it is the abuse that results from negligent conduct or omissions on behalf of the nursing home staff that is much more prevalent. For example, it is estimated that from all of the reported nursing home abuse cases, 20% involves emotional harm, 16% is physical harm, and 3% is sexual.

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A lot of instances of abuse are avoidable if we just pay attention to the signs. Nursing home abuse is often carried out for years against the same victims, as the victims are elderly and they cannot speak up against it. These abuses are so prevalent because many times the elderly are not mentally or physically capable to inform someone of the abuse they are experiencing. Other victims will not speak up simply because they think they will be ignored and are afraid the abuse will get worse.

Abuse is a product of the business decisions taken by the owners of these nursing homes. For example, if a nursing home decides to cut costs and understaffs, abuse will likely occur as there will be an insufficient number of trained nursing staff to address each and every need of each and every resident. Unfortunately, this is all too common as the nursing homes are businesses and the bottom line seems to matter over the care and wellbeing of the residents more and more. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you! No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

More than we would like to think, the residents of nursing homes are victims of abuse simply because they do not get enough food or water, they are not able to properly groom themselves, there is not enough staff to help, there is poor hygiene at the facilities, or the wrong medication is given due to an overworked staff. Lacking the ability to communicate these issues to anyone can result in nursing home residents suffering serious injuries and even death as a result of malnutrition, starvation, dehydration and bedsores.

Depending on the severity of a resident’s diminished physical and mental capacities, they may require round-the-clock attention. Abuse is easily missed if a resident is unable to communicate and/or has few visitors who are able to observe a patient’s deteriorating physical or mental condition. Abuse is not always clear and obvious. Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional or financial. It can range from something as minimal as not being treated with respect and dignity to severe injuries like broken bones or even death. Although not complete or exhaustive, below are some signs of abuse that you may observe when visiting loved ones in a nursing home. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Residents of nursing homes who are suffering from emotional abuse tend to be withdrawn when you visit and unusually quiet. Because they feel helpless and they cannot control the abuse, the victims will often feel worthless and keep to themselves. Emotional abuse victims will often rock themselves and may become bitter. Mood swings are typical for patients suffering from emotional abuse, as well as uncontrolled bouts of anxiety and agitation. Many times, depression and/or low self-esteem are direct results of a resident who is the victim of emotional abuse.

While the symptoms of emotional abuse are often subtle, physical abuse is more easily detectible. Broken eyeglasses may be an indicator that abuse is occurring. As a result of lack of adequate nourishment, residents may experience a rapid, unexplained loss of weight. The appearance of bedsores (decubitus) is a clear sign of lack of proper attention in residents who are restricted to a bed or lack the ability to move on their own. Broken bones, dislocations and sprains are usually a clear sign that a resident has been a victim of physical abuse. Be suspicious of any unexplained accident or injury that results in bruises, welts, abrasions, cuts and skin injuries or burns. Other injuries, such as lacerations or skull fractures, are obvious signs that abuse is likely.

No one would ever want to think that a loved one would be subject to sexual abuse while residing in a nursing home facility but this type of abuse is not uncommon. As many residents are unable to communicate the atrocities that they must endure in some homes, predators find them easy prey. Some of the frightening indicators of this type of abuse are unexplained bruising around the upper abdomen, breasts and/or inner thighs. Victims of sexual abuse may exhibit torn or stained underclothes and vaginal or anal bleeding. Immediate suspicion should occur if a resident develops genital infections, venereal disease or other forms of sexually transmitted diseases.

Nursing home abuse goes unreported for many reasons. In addition to the mere inability to report the abuse, victims oftentimes feel embarrassment and/or they fear retribution or worse from the abusers. If you have seen anything that would raise suspicion that abuse may be occurring, whether it is to you, a family member or simply another resident of the facility while you are visiting, you should immediately take steps to ensure the situation is investigated and monitored. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you! No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

In the event there is actual abuse, make sure the victim gets immediate medical attention and the appropriate psychological attention. Communicate with the management of the nursing home and make sure they are aware of the abuse. Hold them accountable to investigate the situation immediately. Make sure to contact the Department of Health in the state of Illinois and report the abuse. Do not stop until you are satisfied that the abuse has been addressed and no one can be a future victim of the same situation. Nursing home abuse is a criminal offense and is both illegal and unacceptable, and the proper authorities should receive timely notice to prevent more abuse from occurring.

If you suspect a family member has been the victim of nursing home abuse, or that you yourself may have been, call one of the experienced nursing home attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of attorneys are experienced professionals dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected and you are free from abuse. My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of nursing home negligence. On many occasions we find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe physical and emotional injuries then victims of other types of negligence. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.

If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.