Physical, sexual and emotional abuse can all occur in a nursing home setting, and such abuse is a very real problem in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, as many as 5 million seniors experience some kind of elder abuse annually.
Nursing home abuse can have lasting repercussions for both the victims and their families. If you think your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, an elder abuse attorney from The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd will help you hold the at-fault staff member or facility accountable.
Although compensation cannot undo the abuse that your loved one experienced, it can help your family cover the costs associated with treating any physical or psychological injuries. Call 312-384-1920 to schedule an initial consultation with a Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer.
Let’s explore some of the potential effects of nursing home abuse:
Physical Effects of Nursing Home Abuse
There are both immediate and long-term physical effects of nursing home abuse. Although some of these effects might seem minor, they can have serious repercussions for the elderly. If you notice any of the following signs of abuse, seek medical attention immediately:
- Bruises or welts;
- Broken bones or fractures; or
- Chronic pain, soreness and stiffness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nursing home abuse can also result in an increased risk for premature death. Recurring physical, emotional and sexual abuse can cause weight loss, dehydration, STDs and malnutrition, a gradual decline in general health, and a higher risk of infection and illness.
Psychological Effects of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home neglect and abuse can have substantial psychological effects on the victims. Although these effects display no outwardly visible signs, they can be severe, and if you notice any of them in your loved one, you should seek help immediately.
According to the National Institute on Aging, depression is a common psychological side effect of elder abuse. Other common psychological effects include:
- Anxiety and fear;
- Withdrawal and disinterest;
- Refusal to take medication;
- Excessive agitation; and
- Eating disorders.
Changes in behavior are one of most telling signs that abuse is occurring. If you notice changes in your loved one’s personality, they might be a result of nursing home abuse.
Everyone deserves quality long-term care, and when you entrust your loved one’s well-being to others, you want them to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, not all nursing home workers are responsible or ethical.
If your loved one was a victim of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, contact The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. Yao O. Dinizulu will help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Mr. Dinizulu will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on helping your love one recover. Call 312-384-1920 to schedule an initial consultation with a Chicago elder abuse attorney. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about nursing home abuse claims Illinois.