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What are the Most Common Signs of Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse in Illinois?

Posted by Anthony Mancini | May 29, 2021

At Mancini Law Group P.C., our nursing home abuse attorneys in Chicago encourage our Illinois residents to pay close attention to their loved ones when they have entrusted another caregiver with their well-being.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists that they oversee 1,200 long-term care facilities that serve more than 100,000 residents throughout the state, which means there are seemingly endless opportunities for our most vulnerable residents to be harmed by nursing home negligence and abuse.

To follow are the most common signs friends and family members can look for to identify harmful behavior in nursing homes, so we can build a case on their behalf and hold the employee, physician, or facility liable for their damages.

Identifying the Four Common Types of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse in Chicago, Illinois

Our Cook County nursing home Chicago abuse attorneys provide the compassion our clients need to pursue legal solutions when someone they love has been injured while under another's care.

Unfortunately, our clients are not alone.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported that one in ten adults over the age of 60 is abused, neglected, or financially exploited throughout the country.

That is why it is important to understand what is happening to your loved one, so you can build a case based on the type of abuse that is occurring.

The four major types of nursing home negligence and abuse include:

  • Emotional or psychological abuse, including humiliation, isolation, intimidation, and threats
  • Physical abuse, including any injurious behavior like pushing, slapping, or hitting
  • Sexual abuse, including any contact with an elder without their consent
  • Financial abuse, including unauthorized purchases or use of accounts

Identify the Signs of Emotional, Physical, Sexual & Financial Nursing Home Abuse

Mistreatment in nursing homes can come in many forms, and the liable party can be one person, a combination of staff members, or that of the facility for allowing the abuse and neglect to occur.

Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse, neglect, or mistreatment in Chicago are typically a direct correlation to the type of abuse that is occurring.

They may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritation or acts of violence
  • Soiled bedding
  • Bedsores
  • No longer participates in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Unkempt appearance, including dirty clothes or unwashed hair
  • Unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
  • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
  • Depression or confusion
  • Restraint marks
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Showing signs of being scared or frightened of certain staff members
  • Unexplained weight loss, malnutrition, or dehydration
  • Traumatized or withdrawn behavior, and a refusal to see visitors
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Broken personal property, including glasses or other everyday items they count on
  • Missing personal belongings, money, checks/debit cards, or other valuables
  • Inconsistencies in prescriptions, including signs of over-or underuse

If you believe your loved one is being neglected or abused in an Illinois nursing home, contact our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys at Mancini Law Group P.C. by phone at (773) 745-1909 or online to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and pursue the financial compensation your family deserves for the damages they suffered. Your need for justice is our passion for justice.

About the Author

Anthony Mancini

Mr. Mancini has 30 years of experience representing thousands of individuals in all types of personal injury matters. He has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his injured clients. Mr. Mancini is a member of the Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin Bars, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Mancini is also a National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Mr. Mancini received his B.A. from The University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law.