By the time they reach the grand old age of 60, our parents and grandparents have earned the right to a peaceful retirement. They should be cared for in a safe, comfortable setting by professionals who understand their needs. Unfortunately, many long-term care facilities do not screen or train their employees well enough – and residents suffer the consequences.
Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States, and it is only getting worse. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and older reported some form of abuse or exploitation in 2008.
Nursing home abuse takes many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation and neglect. Victims often suffer emotional distress, pain, poor hygiene, social isolation and other adverse effects.
If you were mistreated at a nursing home, or if your family member died due to abuse from a caregiver, turn to The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. An elder abuse lawyer in Chicago will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for health-care expenses and other damages.
Yao O. Dinizulu will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses and help you pursue the maximum compensation. Call 312-384-1920 to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about nursing home abuse in Illinois by visiting USAttorneys.com.
Read on to learn the answers to three FAQs about reporting nursing home abuse:
- What Should You Do If You Believe Someone Is the Victim of Elder Abuse?
If you know or suspect that an elderly person is being abused or exploited, it is critical that you take immediate action. Call 911 if the person is in imminent danger. You should also contact the Illinois Department of Human Services at 1-866-800-1409 to report the incident.
- What Will Happen When You Make a Report of Elder Abuse?
You will need to provide the victim’s name, address and contact information – as well as details about the abuse, neglect or exploitation. Be prepared to answer these questions:
- Does the victim suffer from known medical problems?
- Does the victim have family or social support close by?
- Do you have any evidence to prove the abusive behavior?
- Who Will Respond to Protect a Victim of Elder Abuse?
Local police can respond to calls made to 911 if urgent intervention is required. According to the Administration for Community Living, Adult Protective Services is responsible for investigating cases of elder abuse and providing medical, legal and protective assistance to victims.
Was someone you love abused or exploited in a nursing home? Contact a Chicago nursing home neglect attorney from The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
Our legal team will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault staff member or facility. We will gather evidence, interview staff members and residents, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 312-384-1920 today to schedule a consultation.