When a trusted caregiver mistreats or fails to provide proper care for an older adult, it is considered nursing home abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If your loved one experienced abuse or neglect that resulted in serious harm or death, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you.
Entrusting our loved one’s care to nursing home staff is not easy. No matter how much research you conduct regarding a nursing home facility, it takes just one employee to abuse your loved one.
If your loved one suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial abuse in a nursing home, they may qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. If you lost a loved one due to their untimely death caused by abuse or neglect, you may qualify for a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. Reach out to a personal injury lawyer without delay for a free case evaluation.
There Are Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse
It can be devastating to learn that your loved one has been mistreated or neglected. Many victims have a fear of retaliation for reporting abuse, so family and friends may be required to spot signs of harm for any action to be done. The following types of behaviors and actions are considered nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse: Victim exhibits welts, wounds, head injuries, broken bones, bruises, or other signs of physical injury.
- Psychological abuse: Staff shouts and curses at victims, uses demeaning language, and isolates them from friends and family, which may result in depression and/or anxiety.
- Sexual abuse: Staff forces the victim to watch or view pornographic material, or sexually violates the victim.
- Financial abuse: Missing money, unauthorized credit card uses, and a sudden lack of funds to pay for care are all signs of possible financial abuse.
- Neglect: Victim exhibits poor hygiene, is malnourished, and has other signs of neglect, such as unwashed clothing.
Nursing homes are notoriously famous for paying low wages and for having high staff turnovers. The failure to adequately staff a facility or to properly screen and train staff is unacceptable and not your loved one’s fault.
Nursing homes can be expensive, with the average price for a private room costing around $8,000 per month, as reported by Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. If your loved one suffered serious harm due to the poor management and abusive staff of a nursing home, pursuing a civil lawsuit and claim may be possible per Illinois Statutes 735 ILCS 5/13-202.
When Nursing Home Abuse Is Fatal
The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that studies show elders who experienced abuse had a 300 percent higher risk of death than those who did not. If your loved one died an untimely death caused by nursing home abuse or neglect, seek justice.
If the loss of your loved one was due to nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be feeling heartbroken. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you hold people who were entrusted with the care of your loved one accountable for their negligence.
There may be a chance the death of your loved one results in criminal charges. A criminal case has no bearing on any civil action you file on behalf of your loved one.
A wrongful death claim and lawsuit will not replace your loved one; however, it can perhaps put an end to the abuse and protect other residents.
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC, for Your Nursing Home Abuse Case
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we understand what constitutes nursing home abuse when it comes to the law. We also have a firm understanding of how insurance companies try to settle cases for less than victims are entitled to.
Elder nursing home residents are among the nation’s most vulnerable demographic. To treat them badly during the last years of their lives is unacceptable. Our team aggressively negotiates with insurance companies for fair compensation. If necessary, we are ready to go to trial. Throughout the process, we treat our clients with compassion and keep them informed about the progress of their case.
If you feel confused as to what is considered nursing home abuse, contact us for a free case evaluation. The statute of limitations requires that you file civil litigation within a certain time period. Should you miss the deadline, you may be barred from pursuing compensation forever.
The abuse your loved one suffered requires your full attention. If you lost your loved one to abuse, you must plan services and settle their estate, all while mourning their passing. If this sounds like your current situation, contact us. Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC, today to discuss your case at (312) 223-1700.