The last thing that we expect to happen to our loved ones is for them to be physically abused in a nursing facility. It is the job of the nursing home staff to ensure the safety of each patient and when the very people we are paying to take care of our elderly do them physical harm, it is completely within our rights to demand justice. The Chicago Injury Center’s nursing home abuse lawyers represent those who have been injured or harmed due to reckless or negligent behaviors and when physical abuse is evident, we fight tirelessly to hold the staff and owners accountable for allowing such heinous behavior to transpire.
Evidence of Physical Abuse
If your loved one is the victim of physical abuse, he or she may feel shame or fear regarding the abuse and might not tell you directly about the acts that others have committed against them. In some cases, nursing home staff may even make attempts to hide abuse by claiming that patients are suffering from dementia or imagining things. It is important that you are aware of the following warning signs and investigate the situation immediately if any of these signs are present.
- Physical evidence of abuse. More specifically, marks on your loved one’s wrists or arms that may be evidence of being restrained and bruises or marks on other suspect areas of the body.
- Sudden changes in your loved one’s behavior. Victims of abuse tend to become withdrawn due to shame or may act out as a means of expressing anger over their situation.
- Reduced contact. If the nursing staff makes attempts to keep you from seeing your loved one or he or she suddenly becomes very distant, it could be evidence that the nursing staff knows about the abuse and has made threats in order to keep your loved one quiet.
- Accusations of abuse. Never ignore any accusations of abuse, regardless of what staff members tell you. If your loved one claims he or she has been abused in any way, take action immediately and demand answers.
Abusers come in many forms and are not necessarily staff members. There are many cases of nursing home abuse that occur when a visitor or another patient harms the victim. Failure of the nursing home staff to report, address or take steps to prevent abuse may make the facility liable for any injuries that occur due to abuse, regardless of who the abuser might be. Under no circumstances is physical abuse acceptable and when it occurs, the people responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to arrange a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys located throughout the state of Illinois. We will gladly evaluate your case and perform a thorough investigation on your behalf. If evidence of abuse is found, we will fight to defend the rights of your loved one and hold the nursing facility accountable for allowing such acts to occur.