While the state of Illinois requires that its professionals report nursing home abuse and/or neglect, not always do they take the necessary measures to do so. Unfortunately, many cases of elder abuse go unnoticed and unaddressed. However, you have the power with the right Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer to make a difference in your family member’s life.
Nursing home mistreatment and neglect vary in severity and are applied in various forms. From a mere shove to being thrown on the ground, both actions constitute as nursing home abuse. The degree of the act ultimately will determine who is to get involved and what can be done to fight back when a loved one is being harmed or mistreated during their stay in a Chicago nursing home or other type of long-term care facility.
Although one form of nursing home abuse that is inflicted may seem less serious than another, one thing that can’t be placed on a scale of severity are the effects this abuse has on the individual who is being victimized. The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. we handle each and every nursing home abuse case brought to us with care and diligence, and we don’t take any one of them lightly.
If your elderly loved one is living in a long-term care facility in Chicago and you think they are being improperly cared for by staff or even abused or harmed by the nursing home or even another resident, you are going to want to contact us immediately. We can help you begin the investigation process and the litigation process as well.
Identifying the Burden of Proof to Help Establish Your Case
Most cases develop because someone either witnessed something, noticed their relative wasn’t behaving in the normal manner they do, or they were informed by their elderly loved one that they were being treated badly. Once it has been established that something isn’t right, you should try to gather the necessary evidence to start your case.
The elder abuse lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. can help you identify this evidence and give your case the proper start it needs. The gathered evidence will answer questions such as:
- How do you know your loved one was harmed?
- What indicates they have been verbally, physically, or sexually abused?
- Is there a record on file that shows some sort of report was written up that implies they were neglected?
This step is essential to building a strong, credible case. It is absolutely vital that you hire a reputable and responsible nursing home abuse attorney to help you through this process.
With this evidence gathering, you will know better if there was a high chance that your loved one was abused in a nursing home. If this is the case, the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
can help you contact the appropriate departments that can assist with the investigation. In many instances, Adult Protective Services (APS) will step in and assess whether or not there is a legitimate case and if necessary, they may need to get the local police department involved.
With the APS, the local police, and most importantly, the distinguished Chicago nursing home negligence lawyers of the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. behind you, you will have a dedicated team of experts who will get the at-fault parties held accountable for harming your loved one.
If you suspect that a nursing home facility or its staff may be hurting your family member, contact the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. at 312-384-1920 or by email at [email protected]. We offer free initial consultations so you can discuss your matter privately and get the advice you need without any obligation.