Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois
No one wants to see a loved one who is in pain or suffering. If you think a family member is the possible victim of elder abuse or nursing home abuse, you must act immediately. Notify law enforcement and contact an Illinois nursing home abuse attorney as quickly as possible.
Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse in general and nursing home abuse in particular can take many forms. It may include physical abuse, mental or psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and malnutrition. Often the abuser is someone who knows the victim—a spouse, a family member, a neighbor or a caregiver.
Elder abuse can refer to abuse that occurs anywhere, with a victim who is a senior. Nursing home abuse occurs in short-term and long-term care facilities. The victim is a vulnerable adult or senior and victimizers are typically paid caregivers. Learn more about how to prevent nursing home abuse.
The Administration on Aging identifies these major signs of elder abuse:
Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse. Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse. Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation. Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect. Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse. Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.
Addressing Illinois Nursing Home Abuse
If you spot any of the signs of nursing home abuse in Illinois, you should take quick steps to address it. In Illinois, several agencies are responsible for handling nursing home abuse allegations:
- Law enforcement authorities in the town where the suspected abuse occurred
- The Illinois Department of Health
- The Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsmen
- The statewide, 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline, which can be reached at 866-800-1409 or 888-206-1327 (TTY)
Reasons to Hire Illinois Elder Abuse Attorneys
There are several reasons to consider hiring an Illinois elder abuse lawyer when you become aware of nursing home abuse.
Your Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer can guide you through the process of reporting known or suspected abuse to law enforcement. Your lawyer can continue to press the police and prosecutors if they don't seem to be taking the allegations seriously. And the lawyer will work with witnesses who may be asked to provide statements or give a deposition.
You'll also want to hire an attorney to help pursue a civil lawsuit against the abuser. The police and prosecutors may decide to press criminal charges against the abuser. If the abuser is found guilty or pleads guilty, he or she faces probation, jail time and fines. But the victim does not receive any of that money. Instead, a civil lawsuit allows you to recover money from the abuser to compensate the abuse victim.
A good Illinois elder abuse lawyer will advocate on behalf of the victim, explain the victim's legal options as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each option, and guide the victim through the legal process. Your nursing home abuse lawyer will be knowledgeable about Illinois elder abuse laws and personal injury laws, and help you understand those laws, too.
Find & Hire an Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
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