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Oftentimes, nursing home abuse does not come in the form of blatant physical harm to residents. Rather, abuse is disguised as neglecting a resident’s basic needs, delivering sub-standard care to patients, or outright indifference to a resident’s concerns. Neglect can sometimes be hard to detect, making it a particularly dangerous form of abuse, as a neglected resident’s loved ones may not even be aware of the emotional trauma that an elderly resident is facing. Common ways that nursing home negligence can manifest include having personal hygiene needs overlooked, medical needs ignored or administered carelessly, or emotional and social needs rejected.
The effects of caretaker negligence can be devastating. While we trust these medical professionals to provide an ethical standard of care for our loved ones who can no longer care for themselves, neglect of an elderly resident is common and can result in significant emotional and psychological trauma, as well as physical harm. Although this is a difficult subject to approach, you do not have to confront the reprehensible abuse of nursing home patients alone. The skilled Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe every nursing home resident has the right to supportive and comprehensive care and can hold those who take advantage of vulnerable residents responsible for their actions.
Nursing home negligence occurs for a variety of reasons. A major cause of nursing home abuse is the frequent understaffing of nursing homes to the extent that care providers become stressed, frustrated, and prone to violent outbursts due to the large number of residents they are responsible for. Sometimes, nursing homes are forced to hire underqualified personnel in response to the lack of help, leading to inexperienced and incompetent care providers. While nursing home neglect can be difficult to detect, common signs of negligence include:
Much nursing home neglect goes unreported because of residents’ fears of retaliation from staff. Left unaddressed, nursing home neglect carries an increased risk of illness, death, injury, and trauma for elders.
Learning that your loved one has experienced neglect or abuse by their care facility is cause for outrage. To hold the appropriate parties responsible and prevent future abuse by the reckless facility, don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated Chicago nursing home negligence lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC. We can fight for your loved one’s interests and obtain justice in the midst of these difficult circumstances. Reach out to our Chicago offices at (312) 346-8620 for support and guidance throughout the legal process.