Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect & Negligence Lawyer In Morris, IL
SERVING GRUNDY, WILL & LASALLE COUNTIES
When it comes to making decisions regarding our loved ones, the decision to place them in a nursing home is one of the most difficult ones we have to make. Everything about it is difficult, emotionally as well as logistically. Finding the right home can, in and of itself, be an incredible challenge, even after conducting diligent research and visiting various facilities. And, after all of that worry and research, you might still end up placing your loved one in facility that fails to offer adequate treatment and care. Too many nursing home residents in Illinois are victims of neglect and elder abuse, and the result of such treatment is truly devastating to the victim as well as their family and other loved ones.
Rigazio Law Office fully understands how difficult this time can be, for the victim as well as their family. And if the abuse was such that it resulted in death, well, emotions will likely be running even higher. We can help. We have over 30 years of experience and are dedicated to aggressively pursuing compensation for your pain, suffering and anguish. Even more than that, however, is that we are focused on working hard so that you don’t have to. You can focus on caring for yourself or loved one while we take care of the rest.
Elder Abuse and Neglect Issues
Elder abuse and neglect is a serious problem, but it might not be one that you have heard much about. That is because, as the National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) says, it is a “hidden crime”. As much as 84% of abuse and neglect situations involving the elderly are unrecognized or unreported, meaning that it is not only difficult to find an accurate number regarding just how many individuals experience this crime every year, but also that far too many individuals are getting away with this kind of behavior. That’s because, in general, many of the facilities that treat their residents so appallingly are at least smart enough to take basic precautions – they abuse in ways that aren’t immediately noticeable, for example, even upon a site visit.
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is responsible for the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, which states that 10,949 cases of abuse or neglect to the elderly were reported in Illinois in 2011, a figure up 10.9% from 2010. And since the program was put in place in 2002, the number of reports has risen by 47%. This is an issue that only continues to climb, in other words, even if the discussion surrounding it does not.
What You Should Know about Elder Neglect and Abuse
If your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing or assistive care facility, you might be wondering exactly how you managed to miss the warning signs. The fact of the matter is that often times, there are few overt signs that would alert you to the presence of abuse or neglect. Many abused individuals are functionally impaired, which means that they have difficulty performing everyday tasks like walking, preparing meals, caring for themselves, cleaning their homes, and doing laundry. As a result of this impairment, many victims are unable to report their abuse. Additionally, even those who are capable of reporting the abuse might be terrified to do so as they worry they will still be victimized by their abusers in the future.
Some of the most common forms of elder abuse reported in Illinois include:
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Exploitation
- Physical Abuse
- Passive Neglect
- Willful Deprivation
- Other Necessities
- Sexual Abuse
- Unnecessary Physical Restraint
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
As previously mentioned, it can be difficult to notice signs of abuse. That is why you have to be vigilant and check your loved one as often as possible to ensure that they are being care for properly.
Some signs of abuse or neglect include:
- Dehydration or Malnutrition
- Unexplained Burns, Cuts, Fractures, Bruises, or Sprains
- Genital Infections or Venereal Disease
- Pressure Sores, Bedsores, or Frozen Joints
- Missing Possessions
- Unexplained Changes in Banking Practice or Unexplained Withdrawals from Accounts
- Abrupt Changes in Behavior
- Staff Restricting Access to a Patient
- Staff Delaying Access to a Patient
- Staff Forbidding Resident to be Alone with Visitors
If you have observed any of the above, you should quickly report the potential neglect or abuse as quickly as possible. That is the best way to end the issue. Our attorneys can help.
Contact A Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect & Negligence Attorney
Rigazio Law Office serves the victims of elder neglect or abuse in Illinois. We are located in Morris, IL, and serve Grundy County, Will County, LaSalle County and the surrounding areas.
We will fight tenaciously for your rights and your compensation. Contact us today for help at 815.942.1881.