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Nursing Home Abuse a Massive Medical Malpractice Issue

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse,elderly abuse, nursing home negligenceRoughly one-in-ten Americans over the age of 60 experience elder abuse. From physical and sexual abuse to passive neglect, nursing home abuse is much more common than many may assume. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), factors such as social isolation and mental health issues—i.e. dementia or Alzheimer's—can increase the likelihood of elderly abuse.

If a member of your family is living in a nursing home, it may be wise to keep a close eye on the staff members and the overall treatment of your loved one. If you suspect medical malpractice in the form of elderly abuse, contact a compassionate Waukegan personal injury attorney to gather more information on what steps you can take to help your loved one.

Signs of Elderly Abuse

For families with loved ones living in nursing homes, it is incredibly important to know what signs to look out for with regard to elderly abuse. Recognizing these symptoms early can be monumentally important in helping your loved one get out of a harmful situation, and finding the help that he or she needs.

  • Wear on the Skin: Physical abuse is one of the most easily recognizable forms of elderly abuse. If you notice bruises, abrasions, or unknown marks on the skin of your loved one, then it is highly possible that he or she is suffering physical abuse in his or her nursing home. You should also look out for bedsores, weight fluctuation, and issues of hygiene. All of these symptoms can be signs of medical negligence.
  • Changes in Behavior: Recognizing the symptoms of emotional abuse can be much more difficult than identifying the signs of physical abuse. That said, there are common tendencies for which to look out. If your loved one starts to showcase unusual inattentiveness, unhappiness, and a general apathy towards day to day activities, then he or she may be facing emotional abuse from his or her caregivers.
  • Unprofessional Caregiving Behavior: Unfortunately most elder abusers keep their emotional and physical abuse behind closed doors; however, if you notice signs of unprofessionalism, you should notify a supervisor and potentially look for an alternative living situation for your loved one. Verbal signs that a caregiver is abusing an elderly patient include frequent belittling, threatening, and aggressive arguments between the staff member and the patient.

We Can Help

If you suspect that a member of your family is facing physical, emotional, or psychological abuse while living at a nursing home, it may be time to look for legal help. At Salvi and Maher LLC. we have decades of experience dealing with medical malpractice and abuse within nursing homes. Everyone wants to protect their loved ones, let us help you. For more information on the steps to take in the case of elderly abuse, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys today.

Sources: 

https://www.ncoa.org/public-policy-action/elder-justice/elder-abuse-facts/

https://ncea.acl.gov/whatwedo/research/statistics.html

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