There are more nursing home residents who are unable to speak, move, and defend themselves, and these individuals are more vunerable to mistreatment, neglect, and sexual abuse during their stay in a nursing home facility.
Nursing home residents in Chicago, Illinois depend on nursing home staff to help them with many of their day to day routines. Many of the individuals living in long-term care facilities are immobile or limited in their physical abilities. Unfortunately, some workers take advantage of this and engage in behavior that is unethical, illegal, and considered an act of nursing home abuse. While there are many forms of nursing home abuse , one that isn’t addressed enough is elder sexual abuse. And sadly, many of the residents living in these facilities have no choice but to endure the unwanted sexual advances, touches, or acts because they don’t have the physical capacity to do anything about it.
If you have a family member living in a Chicago nursing home and you believe they have become a victim to elder sexual abuse, nursing home abuse lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group,Ltd. are here for you and your family. Our dedicated team of legal experts can help you take action against the nursing home and the individual that has perpetuated such abuse.
Some signs of elder sexual abuse that can help determine if your loved is being abused includes:
- Bloody sheets
- Pain around the pelvic area
- Bruises on or around inner thighs
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty sitting or walking
- Unusual behavior
- Irritation around the genital area
While it is wise to report such an incident to a nursing home administrator, oftentimes these facilities are slow to investigate such abuse. Sadly, many of the cases that are brought to the attention of administrative staff or even local police aren’t taken seriously.
But hiring a dedicated and experienced nursing home abuse attorney can change all that.
One reason why elder sexual abuse occurs in nursing homes is because of the caliber of the staff that is hired. Some workers come from previous jobs where they were investigated for nursing home abuse, yet, they are still allowed to work in the same field. It is the nursing home’s responsibility to properly vet their employees, check the needed backgrounds, and ensure resident safety. When nursing homes fail to practice these core safety principles, we all suffer. No one should face sexual abuse in a facility that’s intended to provide care.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group,Ltd. understand the distress, pain, and emotional suffering you and your relative must be going through, and we will fight to get you justice. With over 50 years of combined experience, we know the strategies the defense will use to discredit your pain. But we bring our commitment and expertise to each case, and help you get results and justice for your loved one. Call us at 1-312-384-1920 or 1-800-693-1LAW to set up a free consultation with our elder abuse attorneys in the Chicago area.