Springfield Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
As more Americans are living longer, more families are turning to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to care for their loved ones. This increase in demand for long-term care has coincided with an increase of reported nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Our elderly loved ones deserve to live in a safe, nurturing environment where they are treated with courtesy and respect. If you believe they are being neglected or abused in a nursing home or care facility in central Illinois, contact our nursing home abuse attorneys today.
Why Choose Us?
- We are a client-oriented law firm, committed to serving the best interests of the people we represent.
- Our Illinois injury lawyers have more than 40 years of experience representing individuals and families wrongfully injured due to negligence.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can occur in several different ways.
- Physical Abuse – can be expected to cause bodily harm, impairment, or physical pain, and may include striking with an object, slapping, shaking, shoving, pushing, biting, kicking, force-feeding a resident, using drugs inappropriately, or using physical restraints
- Emotional or Psychological Abuse – can be used to inflict pain, anguish, or emotional distress through verbal or non-verbal means, and may involve insulting, humiliating, intimidating, or threatening the resident, or engaging in verbal assaults
- Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse of an elderly person is defined as non-consensual sex. It may involve unwanted touching, coerced nudity, taking nude pictures, sexual assault, sodomy, or intercourse
- Neglect – can be defined as failing or refusing to provide an elderly resident with the care he or she needs to live comfortably, and may involve failing to provide necessities of life such as food, water, clothing, medical treatment, hygiene, personal safety, and comfort
How Prevalent Is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse nationwide is not precisely known, partly because of widespread underreporting. Most nursing home facilities participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs and are therefore subject to annual surveys and complaint investigations under federal laws and regulations. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 4,707 abuse complaints involving nearly one-third of the Medicare/Medicaid-certified facilities from one survey cycle covering one year in 10 states.
What are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
Many elderly victims fail to report abuse out of humiliation, fear, or shame. However, there are signs that should arouse suspicion, including:
- Decubitus ulcers, Bedsores, or Pressure Sores
- Wandering away
- Sudden changes in behavior
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
There is no excuse for nursing home abuse, and negligent facilities should be held accountable. Contact the dedicated Springfield personal injury attorneys at Kanoski Bresney at (866) 438-2419 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the injuries a loved one has received due to nursing home neglect or abuse.