Older adults who require nursing home care deserve to live in a safe, comfortable environment where they are treated with courtesy and respect. Sadly, this is not always the case. If you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Hale & Monico in Chicago right away to discuss your legal options.
Why Choose Hale & Monico?
- We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation and will not hesitate to visit you at home or the location that is most convenient for you. We are committed to assisting our clients in any way we can.
- We will conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into your elderly loved one’s circumstances, preparing the case as though it were going to trial.
- Our team has more than three decades of experience successfully advocating for clients who have suffered injury, misconduct, or violations at the hands of others.
How Prevalent is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, entitled “Elder Abuse in Residential Long-Term Care Settings: What Is Known and What Information is Needed?,” evidence suggests that elder abuse in residential long-term care settings may be nearly as widespread as child abuse in the United States. Approximately 1.6 million people live in licensed nursing homes, and another 900,000 to one million live in assisted living facilities. Research has shown that these 2.5 million people have a much higher risk of suffering abuse and neglect than older adults living at home. For example, in one study involving 80 residents in 23 nursing home, researchers found that:
- 44% of residents reported that they had been abused.
- 48% reported that they had been treated roughly.
- 38% of residents reported seeing other residents being abused.
- 44% reported witnessing other residents being treated roughly.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Vulnerable, elderly people may be abused in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in several different ways, including:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
Examples of Abusive Actions
In nursing home abuse situations, researchers in the above-referenced study found that residents may be subjected to a range of abusive behavior, including:
- Aggressiveness toward the resident
- Rough handling
- Yelling in anger
- Pulling too hard on the resident
- Punching, slapping, kicking, or hitting
- Speaking in a harsh tone
- Cursing at the resident
- Making harsh or mean statements to the resident
Who Is Liable?
Nursing homes owe a strict duty of care to their residents, covering everything from food, shelter, and hygiene to medical care. The nursing home may be held liable for abuse and neglect injuries if the nursing home was negligent and that negligence played a role in the abuse. In cases of malfunctioning medical devices or equipment, potentially responsible parties may include:
- The nursing home (if the equipment was improperly used by nursing home staff)
- Contractor that improperly maintained the equipment
- Equipment manufacturer or designer in case of a defective product
Contact Our Chicago Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney!
It can be heartbreaking to learn that your elderly loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect and abuse instead of receiving the best of care, as your loved one deserves. Contact Hale & Monico right away for the sound legal guidance and experienced representation you need in such a case.