Abuse Leads to Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes

 

 

There are, unfortunately, many types of nursing home abuse that can result in wrongful death. Neglect is a very common cause of death in nursing homes, but often it is accompanied by abuse, both by staff and by residents.

 

Nursing home staff have a great deal of power over the residents. Sometimes, the staff will use this power abusively. They might constantly insult or degrade a resident, or they may physically or sexually abuse residents. They might withhold medication or restrain residents physically or with dangerous drugs.

 

Helping a loved one move into a nursing home or long term care facility can be nerve racking for anyone. There are always concerns about the care your loved one is receiving and everyone has heard the horror stories of abuse and neglect for the elderly. However, you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved one’s safety and rights are protected under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.  The Act was established and enacted to provide nursing home residents and their families, with the assurance that they will receive proper care and will not be subject to nursing home abuse and neglect. When we think of nursing home neglect or abuse, we often think of physical injuries.

The  Act now clarifies that nursing home residents’ rights can now be vindicated even if abuse or neglect did not result in an injury. The Act clearly states that “assistance with activities of daily living” are a category of services that, if withheld or not provided, constitute neglect. This means if a nursing home fails to provide the most basic human needs, such as hygiene, dressing, and feeding. Although these failures may not result in a serious or permanent injury they are still considered abuse and neglect.

Abuse

Neglect is not the only type of mistreatment that your loved one may experience in a nursing home. While neglect is often unintentional, some nursing home staff members or other residents commit more direct, intentional abuse including mental or emotional abuse, physical abuse, and even sexual abuse.

Although abuse may be the result of a single person acting alone, it is often facilitated by a lack of supervision or screening of employees and residents by the nursing home.

Get help right away

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home you must act quickly. It is a dangerous situation and the health problems that result can escalate fast. It is also likely that your loved one is not the only one suffering as a result of the nursing home’s lack of care. By reporting abuse or neglect, you may be helping not only your loved one, but others who may not have family to look out for them.

Please, contact the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers Harvey L. Walner & Associates in Chicago, Illinois, today. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys can help you get the compensation that you need and deserve. You initial consultation is free and we don’t get paid unless you win your case.