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When a nursing home breaches its duty to protect you or a loved one, the nursing home abuse attorneys at Briskman Briskman and Greenberg stand ready to take legal action to protect your rights. All nursing home abuse and negligence cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means we will only accept payment if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.

Nursing home abuse is widespread

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Citations for Nursing Home Abuse Occur Nationwide

A congressional report found that 30 percent of nursing homes nationwide were cited for abuse during a recent two-year period. Just over 5,000 facilities were cited for nearly 9,000 instances of abuse.

This illustrates that it is not simply a few facilities with a culture of abuse that create this problem. Rather, the abuse is found across a wide swath of nursing homes. It can, and does, occur in all nursing homes, even ones with spotless official records.

Illinois was ranked toward the bottom in a nationwide study of nursing home quality, in terms of percentage of certified nursing home beds rated at 4 or 5 stars. The state was placed 36th in 2013 and 41st in 2015 out of all 50 states.


Abuse can come from staff, doctors, other residents and even from family members

Nursing homes are responsible for their residents’ well-being, and with this responsibility comes a duty to protect them from any abuse and neglect, no matter the source.

All stakeholders have a responsibility to prevent elder abuse. The facilities have a duty to properly screen, train and supervise their staff, and to prevent residents from harming each other. And when they fail to do so, your attorney has the duty to aggressively pursue justice against the facilities and individuals that did not protect you or your loved one.

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What type of nursing home abuse or neglect does your case involve?

Abuse of nursing home residents comes in many forms, from those that involve direct abuse of a resident by a staff member to those that involve neglect due to insufficient staff at the home. Here are a few of the many types of cases that we handle.

Types of Nursing Home Neglect

Examples of Direct and Indirect Abuse

Bed Sores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus Ulcers

A decubitus ulcer is localized damage to the skin and underlying tissue due to prolonged pressure. Commonly known as a bedsore or pressure sore, it is usually the result of decreased mobility, such as in bedridden or wheelchair-bound patients. These sores can indicate neglect, as prevention requires frequent turning and repositioning.

Malnutrition and Dehydration

Maintaining proper nutrition and hydration in nursing home residents is a challenging but crucial part of elder care. Decreased appetite due to medications is common, and patients who require help with eating and drinking may not always get it. Malnutrition and dehydration can weaken the immune system and exacerbate illness.

Sepsis

When infections are not diagnosed or properly treated promptly, they can result in sepsis, a condition wherein the body’s efforts to fight the infection cause injury to organs and tissues. Sepsis in nursing homes can indicate neglect, especially in cases where the infection could have been prevented or controlled.

Medication Errors

Improper administering of medication in nursing homes can cause serious injury or death. It can take many forms, including improper dosage amount, skipped doses, expired medication and improper method of administration.

Choking

When a nursing home resident does not receive sufficient supervision while eating, choking can result, causing serious injury or even death. Patients require varying levels of supervision, and some foods are more likely than others to cause choking. Nursing homes must take all factors into consideration and provide the appropriate level of care.

Burns

Nursing homes must take proper care to protect residents from burns. Burns can have many causes, including fire, heating sources, cooking equipment and candles. In addition, some nursing homes permit cigarette smoking, which increases risk not only to the smoker but also to others, requiring additional supervision.

    Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

    Understand and Look Out for These Common Patterns

    Nursing home abuse or neglect may not always be obvious. The sad truth is that many instances often go unnoticed due to the subtle ways in which they occur. In addition, they are sometimes explained away as accidents. However, there are some telltale signs of abuse that serve as indication that negligent, harmful behavior has taken place. Here are some specific signs to be aware of if you suspect a loved one has been subjected to nursing home abuse:

    Physical abuse: There are a broad range of bodily injuries that can indicate abuse, including bruises, cuts, infections, fractures and broken bones. Sudden behavioral changes like withdrawal from social interactions or nervousness are also possible signs.

    Emotional abuse: Reclusiveness and acting fearful or anxious are telltale signs of psychological and emotional abuse that has occurred over time. Another common indicator is when nursing home residents engage in repetitive behaviors such as mumbling to themselves or rocking back and forth.

    Sexual assault: This type of abuse can have both physical and emotional consequences on a nursing home resident. It can result in bruises or bleeding in the genital areas, or various venereal diseases. Victims may also have angry outbursts or isolate themselves.

    Financial abuse: Abuse of this kind is especially difficult to detect. Look out for unexplained expenses such as additional medical treatments or medications. Nursing home residents who report missing credit cards, checkbooks or other important items may be suffering from financial abuse.

    Neglect: Poor appearance, lack of cleanliness, bed sores, chronic dehydration and unexplained weight loss can all signal neglect. Residents who are frequently left alone in dirty clothing or often fall ill may be suffering due to the negligence of nursing home staff.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Low social support

    Seniors without spouses or close friends or family are more likely to experience all forms of abuse. A 2013 study found patients with low social support are particularly at risk for psychological abuse.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Disability

    One study found 33 percent of institutionalized women with disabilities reported experiencing violence, compared with 21 percent of such women without disabilities.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Dementia

    A 2012 study showed nearly 50 percent of people with dementia experience some form of abuse. Interpersonal violence is also more common among adults with disabilities.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Previous trauma

    Prior traumatic events such as domestic violence are associated with increased risk of mistreatment. Abuse and neglect can compound the physical and psychological effects of prior trauma.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Poor health

    Functional impairment and poor health are associated with higher rates of nursing home abuse. Caretakers may become impatient with elderly individuals who cannot complete tasks quickly.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Low income

    Poverty can contribute to the likelihood of abuse, particularly by family members. Poverty also increases the risk of passive neglect, where a patient’s basic needs are not met.

    Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

    Gender

    Women appear more likely to be victims of elder abuse than men. Bureau of Justice statistics show that almost 70 percent of abuse and neglect victims are women.

    Taking on nursing homes and their insurance companies

    WE HOLD NURSING HOMES RESPONSIBLE FOR NEGLECT AND ABUSE

    Nursing home accidents are preventable

    We understand that many individuals working at these homes have good intentions. Many cases truly are accidents. Most nursing home accidents can and must be prevented. But good intentions are not enough. Many of these homes are large businesses focused on their bottom lines. We know that corners are cut. Our goal is to hold nursing homes responsible when shortcuts or other conduct lead to injuries that should never have happened.

    If your loved one suffered a nursing home accident, do not hesitate to call us and get a free consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer. Not all accidents are what they appear, and you may have an actionable case of abuse or neglect.

    Many nursing homes are big businesses

    Many nursing homes are big businesses backed by big insurance companies. They make formidable opponents.

    With experience on our side, we know how to successfully take on our opponents in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We know the steps to take to build strong cases, cases built on facts that the opposition simply cannot deny. We will work hard toward the goal of getting the compensation you need, regardless of the size of the competition. Our attorneys are available to serve people in Chicago, throughout Illinois, and in Wisconsin.

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