The success of most medical malpractice lawsuits depends on assistance from medical professionals in building and supporting your case. Unfortunately, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that many healthcare professionals are unwilling to testify against their colleagues.

Various reasons were cited by the medical professionals contacted for the research published in the NEJM, but the bottom line often came down to money. A majority of respondents stated they feared a loss of referrals or other professional repercussions, which combined to make them unwilling to testify against their peers.

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The Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates understand what we are up against when trying to win these cases. We work with honest, reputable, and committed healthcare professionals to comb records for signs of medical negligence. We work with these same professionals to provide expert testimony when a case goes to trial.

If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse, immediately notify the head of the nursing home and document it in writing. Ask the head of the organization to investigate and call you. Then:

  • Make more frequent, unexpected visits
  • Keep a close eye on the abused person
  • Document and photograph any bruises, cuts or bedsores
  • Follow up on your request with the head of the nursing home
  • Document what you are told and other things you observe at the home
  • Make a note of how the staff acts towards you
  • Talk to your loved one and other residents about signs

It can be very difficult when a loved one ages to know how best to continue to care for him or her. Many people struggle with the choice of putting a parent or grandparent into a nursing home, fearing that they could become the victim of abuse or neglect. Federal and state laws require that nursing homes maintain the highest practicable mental, physical, and psychosocial well-being for their patients. Unfortunately, such cases do happen, with elderly victims suffering at the hands of their supposed caregivers.

There are four common primary forms of nursing home abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.

  • Physical abuse can range from beating, pushing, shoving to inappropriate distribution of controlled substances and force feeding.

Emotional/ Psychological Abuse

  • Emotional abuse can encompass verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, public embarrassment, and harassment.

  • This type of social abuse can cause the elderly patient to exclude oneself from daily activities, be hesitant to speak up, among other long lasting traumatic effects.