Nursing Home Abuse LawyerSullivan, IL
You should be able to trust the Nursing Home or Senior Care Facility that your loved one relies on. Your loved one was abused by the nursing home that your family trusted to care for their health, and they need to be held accountable for their horrible act. You need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sullivan that has experience fighting Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits. Our Personal Injury Law Firm in Sullivan holds nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for the abuse and neglect that they put their residents through, and we always hold these businesses accountable to the fullest letter of the law. We have the experience that your family needs to fight this Nursing Home Abuse lawsuit, and we'll make sure that the nursing home or assisted living facility is held fully liable for the harm they've caused your family. Our meetings are free of charge, and we don't charge any lawyers fee's unless we win your family's nursing home abuse claim. Call or contact our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan now.
How can I tell if my loved one is being abused in a nursing home?
There are several signs that point to either abuse or neglect in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Does your family member look emaciated? They may not be eating, or their caregiver might not be feeding them. Does your loved one have red areas on their body or what appear to be sores forming on their skin? Your loved one, if they are immobile, may not be getting the attention that they need, or having their position. Does your family member appear nervous or refuse to cooperate with nursing home staff? It's possible they are either being abused or neglected by the staff. Listed below are sings to look out for when you think your loved one is being abused or neglected.
1. Nursing Home Abuse Malnourishment
This is one of the more visibly apparent forms of nursing home abuse. The signs of malnourishment or a lack of feeding include thin skin, emaciation, and a general appearance of weakness or fatigue. You're paying for your loved one to be taken care of, not abused and punished. This is not ok. Negligence and abuse are never ok, and you can sue the nursing home in court. What are other clear signs of possible malnourishment? Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan have identified these conditions as possible signs of malnourishment:
- Skin Issues - The skin will take on a yellow hue, and in darker complexions, the skin may appear dull and heavily wrinkled. An additional warning is that the skin under the fingernails will take on a pale hue.
- Mouth Sores or Discoloration - Sores inside the mouth or the face as well as red skin indicate malnutrition. Yeast infections or thrush infections are also a sign, and cause white patches to develop on the cheeks and tongue.
- Eye Issues - Poor or worsening vision, extremely red eyes, and swollen corneas are clear signs of malnourishment.
- Muscular Problems - If your loved one is weak after completing simple every day tasks, or their muscles appear flaccid, the may be suffering from malnourishment.
Here is a short video detailing Nursing Home Abuse Malnourishment, and how our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers can help.
2. Nursing Home Abuse Bed Sores
Bed sores are an ailment that arises from individuals who are immobile, causing wounds that can eat down to the bone. They develop as ulcers and sores and can quickly become serious infections that if not dealt with, can lead to death or loss of limbs. If your loved one developed bed sores while at a nursing home, they were neglected and not given the care they deserve. Bed Sores are even common in intensive care units. Bed Sores are not a guaranteed ailment, and are easily avoidable when residents are given the care and attention they need. Here are the different stages of bed sores our nursing home abuse lawyers in Sullivan have identified that can show your loved one may have bed sores:
- Stage 1. Bed Sore - Itchy red skin that is warm to the touch.
- Stage 2. Bed Sore - The skin has now developed a sore or a blister, and the area around it will be discolored.
- Stage 3. Bed Sore - The sore or blister is now at a more dangerous stage, and is causing a wide cavity to open in the flesh.
- Stage 4. Bed Sore - Infection is common at this stage, and the wounds are quite severe.
Remember, bed sores, or the other name they are known by, pressure sores, are preventable. Proper care and attention is a direct combatant to bed sores, and if your loved one was being taken care of, they wouldn't have the sores. You can sue for bed sores, and you absolutely should. Negligence is never ok, and should never be accepted regardless of what excuse the nursing home or long-term care facility gives you. Call our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan now. We'll take care of your family and your loved one.
Here is a short video about Bed Sores and what you can do about them.
3. Nursing Home Abuse or Mistreatment
Abuser know how to hide their actions, and even if they don't, your family member might not be willing to admit or not able to admit that they are being abused. You trusted the assisted living facility to take care of your loved one, and instead, they treated them terribly and abused them. This is not an acceptable act, and its possibly criminal. Here are several signs to look for when you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected:
- Financial Exploitation - If you aren't checking their finances daily, it can be easy to miss. Higher than normal credit card bills, missing checks, or Wills that have been recently altered could be clear signs of financial exploitation of your loved one. Neglect from a caregiver can also lead to self neglect.
- Physical Abuse - You can see this abuse by the physical marks that are left on your family member, such as cuts, bruises, scratches, lost hair, etc. For physical abuse, you can call the cops. You can also, and should also sue. Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan will fight for the recovery and rights of your loved one.
- Psychological Abuse - If your family member appears afraid of their caregiver or nervous when the individual is around, but your loved one doesn't have any visible bruises, they may be suffering from psychological abuse. This type of abuse can be as violent and detrimental as actual physical abuse.
Here is a short video our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan have prepared:
Are there any laws governing nursing home care?
The Nursing Home Reform Act is clear on the laws and rights guaranteed to nursing home residents. These are not suggestions, they are laws, and have to be followed to the letter of the law. According to the Nursing Home Reform Act, here is a quick breakdown of the rights your loved one can expect:
- Freedom from Abuse
- Freedom from Restraints
- The Right to Privacy
- The Right to Accommodation of social needs, psychological needs, physical needs, and medical needs
- The Right to Participate in Resident and Family Groups
- The Right to be treated with dignity
- The Right to exercise self-determination
- The Right to communicate freely
- The Right to review and participate in any aspect of the care they are receiving and any changes to it
- The Right to voice grievances
Your loved one has rights, by law, and if they've been violated you can pursue legal action against the Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility that was entrusted with their care. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Sullivan are well versed in the laws the govern nursing homes and the levels of care that residents are entitled to. We can help you and your family if you decide to pursue a claim against the assisted living facility. You have options, and those who harmed your family can be held accountable. Call or Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sullivan now to protect your family.