Detecting Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect can be easy or difficult, depending upon the situation and injuries involved. In fact, various statistics indicate that nursing home abuse is underreported.
There are a variety of signs that indicate nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect may have occurred. Also of note are nursing home accidents that are caused by negligence and/or poor operating procedures that cause harm. These types of abuse, neglect, and accidents can also happen at assisted living facilities, hospices, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
Physical signs that often accompany abuse and/or neglect are numerous, and include the following:
- Bruising and cuts, especially those unexplained
- Broken bones, especially those unexplained
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Bedsores (also called bed sores, pressure ulcers, and pressure sores)
- Blood on bed sheets, clothing, or anywhere else
- Unreasonable physical or chemical (pharmaceutical) restraints
- Nursing home accidents that appear odd
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Untreated injuries or inappropriately treated injuries
- Poorly handled medical emergencies
- Signs of sexual abuse, including vaginal and rectal tearing, occurrences of sexual diseases, etc.
As well, there can be many other signs of possible nursing home abuse and neglect that are not physical in nature. These non-physical signs include:
- Complaints by nursing home residents
- Rumors concerning the nursing home
- Mood changes in nursing home residents
- Emotional withdrawal and/or social withdrawal or other changes in behavior in nursing home residents
[Note: Elman Joseph Law Group currently maintains two blogs that discuss and highlight new developments and stories concerning nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and nursing home accidents. The sites are the Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Blog and the Chicago Bed Sores Law site.]
To Receive A Free Legal Consultation From An Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If any of the above signs exist in an Illinois nursing home patient that you care for, it may indicate nursing home abuse or neglect. Please contact the Illinois nursing home litigation lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free legal consultation with an experienced Chicago litigation attorney.
For an immediate consultation call Tony Elman at (773) 392-8182 at any time.
Elman Joseph Law Group works on a contingency basis, meaning that clients never have to pay fees unless and until they receive a monetary award.