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What are Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 adults over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year while residing at a nursing home. If you or someone you love has been a victim of such nursing home abuse, you could be owed substantial compensation according to Illinois state law.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to identify abuse or neglect. Many cases go unreported each year, which means that the numbers provided by the CDC reflect a small portion of the actual incidents of abuse that occur.

How can you identify abuse in the care facility setting?

Signs of physical abuse may include unexplained cuts and bruises, while emotional abuse, such as bullying and harassment, is harder to identify. Fraudulent misuse of the victim’s assets, cash, and possessions is referred to as financial exploitation and is among the common types of nursing home abuse.

Neglect is the failure to provide necessary and reasonable care, and also falls under the category of nursing home abuse. A common form of neglect is insufficient or improper wound care. Another unfortunately common form of abuse is sexual abuse, which is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact.

The signs and consequences of nursing home abuse include malnutrition and dehydration, as well as bedsores from the neglect of caregivers. In severe cases, the result of abuse and neglect is death. When a nursing home neglects to take proper precautions against falls, the family should intervene, as this, too is regarded as nursing home abuse.

Fortunately, there are federal and state laws, as well as legal options to fight for abused or neglected nursing home residents. In Illinois, nursing home residents are entitled to protection under both federal and state laws, ensuring their health, well-being, and safety.

Nursing home laws exist to protect the elderly from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Our team of Champaign personal injury lawyers at Spiros Law is here to help you understand those laws and make informed decisions.

Nursing homes that fail to provide care and compassion for their residents could be liable both civilly and criminally. At Spiros Law, we will hold those accountable who have compromised the well-being and safety of nursing home residents by failing to hire and train qualified caregivers, or supervise them in order to prevent abuse from occurring.

Our team of nursing home abuse lawyers is committed to aggressively seeking justice while being compassionate in our representation of anyone who has suffered such abuse. That is why so many clients trust us to help them get the compensation they deserve if their loved one was abused in a nursing home or another facility.

You can contact our experienced attorneys through live chat, by phone, or through the contact form. Contact our offices today at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your nursing home abuse case with a qualified attorney and learn how we can help you get justice.