What Is Considered Patient Abuse?

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Intentional or negligent acts by caregivers that result in harm to patients are considered patient abuse. If your loved one experienced abuse in a nursing home facility, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation.

Patient abuse is especially upsetting due to the vulnerability of those who trust their caregivers. The person responsible for the abuse may face criminal charges. The outcome of their criminal case has no bearing on any civil litigation.

A personal injury lawyer understands the steps necessary for pursuing justice on behalf of abused patients. They can fight for the compensation your loved one needs in order to seek quality medical care and to relocate to a different facility.

Patient Abuse Defined

Understanding the types of abuse that patients face in nursing home facilities requires thinking beyond physical abuse. While this is the most reported type of abuse, physical abuse is just one type of abuse affecting the elderly population.

The most common types of patient abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Neglect

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that patient abuse in nursing homes is a serious problem in the United States. According to the CDC, the statistics that are available are an underrepresentation due to a lack of reporting.

Nursing homes may treat the patient in-house rather than risk a trip to the emergency department. Victims may not report the abuse for fear of retaliation by their abuser.

Abuse can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and even assault. Financial abuse of the elderly can drain funds they worked for their entire lives and leave them without money for their care.

Nursing homes are known for having a high turnover in staff. This is not your loved one’s problem, and short staffing levels should not lead to abuse.

If your loved one suffered abuse that resulted in serious harm, a personal injury lawyer can guide you through the legal process. Justice for your loved one takes time, and your lawyer can keep you informed by providing updates about your case.

When Abuse Results in Death

In some cases, the abuse results in death. If your close loved one died due to nursing home abuse, you may qualify for a wrongful death claim and lawsuit.

Entrusting your loved one to the care of others is never easy. Learning that they died at the hands of those paid to care for them is troubling. By leaving your case in the hands of a personal injury lawyer, you can focus more on your grief and less on your anger.

Your relationship to the decedent plays a key role in whether you are entitled to a wrongful death claim. To explore your options, let a law firm review your case today.

Let the Kryder Law Group, LLC Help You Today

Patient abuse is never acceptable. The Kryder Law Group, LLC is not afraid to take on tough cases involving elder abuse. Let us negotiate with aggressive insurance companies. If we are unable to settle your case out of court, we are ready to go to trial.

Time is limited for filing your case. The statute of limitations sets strict deadlines for pursuing compensation. Generally, the deadline is two years for both personal injury and wrongful death cases in Illinois, per Illinois Code of Civil Procedure 735 ILCS 5/ and Illinois Code of Civil Procedure 740 ILCS 180/. If you miss the deadline, you may be barred from pursuing civil litigation forever.

The complexity of personal injury and wrongful death law is why you may want to have a lawyer on your side. It may also be difficult to establish whether your case is in fact considered patient abuse, but a lawyer can help you determine if you may qualify for compensation.

The psychological and emotional effects of the abuse for your loved one may haunt them forever. Losing your loved one to an untimely death can result in enormous stress for you and your family. Your time of grief is no time to deal with insurance companies.

Intentional or negligent acts by caregivers that result in harm can devastate your loved one’s quality of life and possibly end their life. By holding those responsible accountable for their actions, you may prevent the same abuse from happening to another patient.

Contact us as soon as you can to discuss your case. Reviewing case evidence takes time. The sooner we connect with you, the sooner we can start to build your case against those liable for your loved one’s harm.

Never try to negotiate with insurance companies on your own. They are too experienced at what they do. Our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in how insurance companies try to underpay or deny abuse victims compensation. Call the Kryder Law Group, LLC today for your free case evaluation: (312) 223-1700. We serve clients in Chicago and throughout the region.

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