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The decision to trust your loved one’s care to a nursing home was likely a complicated and difficult one for your family. Once your family was able to select a facility and trust its staff with the care of your loved one, you had every reason to believe that he or she would only be treated with dignity and compassion throughout the duration of his or her stay.
Sadly, nursing home abuse still happens even under unlikely circumstances. If you suspect your loved one has been abused at his or her nursing home, you have every reason to be angry. More than that, the Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at our personal injury law firm can take decisive legal action against the responsible party to pursue compensation for all of your loved ones’ suffering. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC is poised to help you and your family overcome the challenges that come with discovering a loved one was abused in a nursing home. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to set up a free consultation today.
While the more egregious forms of physical abuse will be immediately apparent, residents of nursing homes may be subjected to a range of other behaviors that actually constitute physical abuse—for instance, it would be considered abusive for unreasonable force to be used as a means to restrain a resident. Once you have done what is necessary to protect your loved one from any further mistreatment, we can help you take legal action against your loved one’s abusers.
Allegations of sexual abuse are serious and will need to be duly investigated by the appropriate authorities. That being said, you need to take immediate action to protect your loved one if you suspect he or she has experienced unwanted or otherwise non-consensual sexual contact. While we will be able to use the official report as a basis for our claim against the responsible party, we will do everything in our power to demonstrate just how devastating this has been for your loved one.
Emotional abuse may be subtle and go undetected, as it can take multiple forms. Although it may involve verbal or nonverbal actions, this type of abuse can be highly damaging to an elder person. Be aware of the types of emotional or psychological abuse, such as blaming the victim, ridiculing or humiliating the older person, causing the person to be isolated, intimidation, or other threatening actions toward the person. As with all other forms of abuse, it is critical to take action to ensure the safety of your loved one and to contact our team for support and guidance regarding the options available to you. Signs of emotional or psychological abuse can include that the older adult withdraws from activities and socialization, a caregiver will not allow the older adult to be alone with any other family member, and the older adult is controlled by someone else.
Financial abuse of the elderly is also frequently referred to as material exploitation or financial exploitation. This type of elder abuse occurs when someone illegally or improperly takes another person’s funds, property, or assets. In nursing facilities, residents are extremely vulnerable to this type of mistreatment. Whether they are tricked into giving their abuser property, are unaware that they are being stolen from, or if they are not cognitively able to recognize or stop it, it is an all-too-frequent occurrence in elder care facilities across the U.S. If you notice the signs of financial abuse of an elderly loved one, an attorney could help you put an immediate stop to it and help you hold the responsible party accountable.
Just because the actions of staff are not directly causing harm to your loved one does not mean that he or she is not being abused. In fact, any willful failure to provide adequate care deemed “necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness of a resident” constitutes neglect, according to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. If you believe that the negligence of nursing home staff members has caused your loved one to suffer, you should contact our team as soon as possible.
As outrageously obvious as it may be, nursing home staff members must actively monitor how much and how often their residents are eating and drinking. There are no circumstances under which any person living in a nursing home should become malnourished or dehydrated. Bearing that in mind, you have every reason to be angry on discovering that your loved one has suffered the thoroughly avoidable consequences of either condition. We can help you take the responsible party to court where they will be held accountable for their deplorable neglect.
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Nursing home staff members should know how often residents with limited mobility will need assistance shifting in their beds to prevent bed sores from forming—in fact, residents probably need assistance shifting positions with greater frequency just to be comfortable. In any event, bed sores can be as potentially dangerous as they are thoroughly avoidable, and we can help you develop a claim that shows just how complicit the nursing home was in your loved one’s injury.
Few other accidents will carry the same potential to seriously affect an elderly person’s health as a fall. Nursing home facilities and their staff should know this and, more importantly, what they need to do to prevent falls on their premises. For instance, special care must be taken to ensure that walkways are well-maintained, level, and clear of obstruction. While it may be impossible to prevent all falls, nursing homes may be held liable for any failure on their part to protect their residents.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects memory, language, and thought. Memory loss is one of the first symptoms people notice. As the disease progresses, they can have difficulty with speech, judgment, and performing routine tasks. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s rely on their caregivers to provide compassionate emotional and physical support. If someone with the disease is mistreated in a nursing home, our attorneys stand ready to help you demand answers, justice, and compensation.
Nursing home staff are trusted with the care and protection of your loved one. However, not all staff members are conscientious, nor are they all trained to the same degree. Restraints, physical or emotional, can be used unnecessarily upon your loved one in an effort to control their behavior. You may notice bruising on your loved one’s limbs, or restraints left attached to the bedframe. If you believe that your loved one has been unnecessarily restrained, you will want to investigate. Our attorneys are ready, willing and able to help you get answers and compensation for any mistreatment your loved one suffered due to the use of improper restraints.
Sometimes nursing homes are understaffed, overpopulated, or have staff who are improperly trained. In those cases, some residents who are cognitively impaired but not physically impaired may bully or be aggressive with more docile residents. If your loved one has experienced abuse from another resident at their nursing home facility, you should contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC right away. Our nursing home abuse lawyers have years of experience with nursing home abuse. Not only will they help you make it stop, they can determine if the nursing home administration or someone else who should have been watching your loved one. It is possible they can be held liable for any injuries your loved one suffered from the abuse.
The experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are committed to pursuing justice for elderly victims of abuse and neglect. If your elderly loved one has suffered injuries due to the negligence or an intentionally harmful act by a caregiver or facility, call us now at (312) 346-8620 to schedule a free consultation.
We handle elder abuse claims from all nursing homes in the greater Chicago area, including but not limited to the following nursing homes:
If you suspect your elderly loved one has suffered abuse at one of the nursing homes listed above, the nursing home abuse lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you take legal action against the responsible parties. Our highly skilled and compassionate attorneys will help you pursue compensation for your loved ones’ suffering. Call Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC at (312) 346-8620 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
If you have questions about nursing home abuse and what steps you can take to put an end to this horrific mistreatment, call Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC at (312) 346-8620 right away. Read these helpful FAQs below, and make sure to seek immediate help if you suspect or have proof of abuse in an elder care facility.
Elder citizens that are living in nursing home facilities are often in a state where they are fragile, physically and/or mentally. Additionally, these citizens are dependent on the help of nursing home staff members for eating, getting out of bed, getting dressed, receiving health care, and many other needs. This power dynamic makes elderly residents vulnerable and sometimes at the mercy of nursing home staff members. In unfortunate instances, staff members will use the fragility and vulnerability to take advantage of residents physically, emotionally, sexually, or financially. If you have experienced an instance of abuse or are suspicious of foul play in your elderly loved one’s nursing home facility, you need to take action as soon as possible.
If you are suspicious of foul play going on in your elder loved one’s nursing home facility, be on the lookout for some of the common signs of abuse. Whether it is emotional, physical, financial, or sexual abuse, there are many signs that point to the problem. Common signs of abuse include recurring bruises, dehydration, cuts or lacerations, unexplained injuries, sudden or unusual change in behavior, unwillingness to eat or interact with others, emotional distancing, and unusual fear or behavior around staff members. If you notice these signs or any other suspicious or unusual behaviors, you may want to take action. The attorneys of the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are dedicated to protecting the rights and well-being of elders and we are here to help your loved one get the proper care they need.
If you notice or suspect nursing home abuse, you need to take action immediately. Typically, the health or well-being of nursing home residents is already fragile, and if they do not receive proper care, their lives could be at risk. First, if you feel that it is necessary, you will want to remove your loved one from the care of the facility, at least temporarily, so that you know they are safe. Then, you need to report the facility to your state’s nursing home abuse hotline. For the state of Illinois, you will report the abuse to the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343. This will ensure that the nursing home is investigated and evaluated. Finally, contact a tough and qualified nursing home abuse attorney to protect your rights, the rights of your loved one, and the lives of all of the elderly residents. The attorneys of the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are devoted to protecting our society’s elders and we will do all we can to fight for the care they need.
Sadly, far too many older Americans suffer abuse when they are unable to completely take care of themselves. Studies have estimated that only approximately one out of every fourteen cases of elder abuse is actually reported to authorities. Even so, approximately ten percent of Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some type of elder abuse. Of the abuse suffered, physical, psychological/emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse are common, as well as neglect or exploiting an older person financially. Overall, this amounts to approximately five million elders experiencing abuse every year.
Although anyone can abuse an older person, typically the perpetrator of abuse is a family member, often an adult child or a spouse. Studies show that the most common type of abuse is verbal abuse, followed by financial exploitation and physical abuse. A large study in New York found that out of 260,000 older adults, one out of thirteen had been victims of elder abuse in the past year. The subjects of the study were much more likely to report financial exploitation rather than other forms of abuse.
In nursing homes, in particular, a significant number of complaints about the facilities involve abuse, neglect, or some form of exploitation. Many of the surveys used by states to obtain data from nursing homes regarding safety found that the surveys do not always catch all of the information that should be captured. This means that many instances of harm go unreported. An additional factor in a nursing home setting is that other residents can be abusive, possibly to a greater extent than staff members abusing residents.
Trends show that reports of elder abuse are increasing with time. It is essential that cases of elder abuse are reported and that victims have an opportunity to take back control. An elder who has been abused has three times the likelihood of death compared to those who have not been abused. The costs of elder financial abuse are significant, with estimates ranging from nearly $3 billion per year to over $36 billion per year.
If someone you love has been mistreated while being cared for in a nursing home facility, you have every right to be angry. Our legal team can help you fight for your loved one’s rights and help you pursue compensation for all the pain and suffering your loved one was forced to endure. To speak with a nursing home abuse attorney at the Chicago offices of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, about the particulars of your claim, please call (312) 346-8620 today.