Helping the Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Obtain Financial Recovery
Millions of Americans reside in nursing homes or receive in-home care, but sadly many elders and nursing home residents receive inadequate care. In fact, a study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse found that as many as 44% of nursing home residents have been abused and 95% have been neglected, or seen another resident neglected, while in a nursing home.
Elder abuse is defined by the Administration on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services as “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” Unfortunately, elder abuse often occurs at the hands of in-home caregivers and nursing home staff.
If you or a loved one were the victim of elder abuse, nursing home abuse, or nursing home, contact the Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at Cohen and Bodo, LLC to schedule a free consultation. We are committed to protecting elders from nursing home abuse and neglect, and to holding negligent parties responsible for their actions or inaction.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
Nursing home neglect and abuse is a problem at one in every three facilities in the U.S., according to recent estimates. Moreover, the National Center on Elder Abuse offers the following startling statistics regarding nursing home neglect and abuse:
- Approximately 7.6%–10% of study participants experienced abuse in the prior year.
- Data from state Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies show an increasing trend in the reporting of elder abuse.
- Despite the accessibility of APS in all 50 states and mandatory reporting laws for elder abuse in most states, an overwhelming number of cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation go undetected and untreated each year.
- One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and financial abuse. In some cases, nursing home abuse or neglect is difficult to detect, but some common signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect include:
- Bruises or welts
- Lacerations, cuts, or open wounds
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Medication errors or adverse reactions
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, you should do the following:
- Immediately notify the administrator of the nursing home or in-home care provider.
- Contact the Senior Help Line at (800) 252-8966.
- Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at (800) 252-4343 to report the nursing home abuse or neglect.
- Contact a nursing home abuse attorney to discuss a possible a lawsuit.
The nursing home neglect attorneys at Cohen and Bodo are dedicated to helping elders who are the victims of nursing home abuse, neglect, or negligence obtain full and fair financial recovery. Do not delay. Contact our office today at (847) 790-4246 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers.