Nursing Home Abuse LawyerWhite Hall, IL
You should be able to trust the Nursing Home or Senior Care Facility that your loved one relies on. Unfortunately, your family member has been abused by the very care providers that were entrusted with their care. You need a Personal Injury Lawyer in White Hall that has experience fighting Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits. Our Personal Injury Law Firm in White Hall takes nursing home abuse and negligence extremely seriously, and we hold these institutions responsible for the damages and injuries that they caused to the families that trusted them. We have the experience that your family needs to fight this Nursing Home Abuse lawsuit, and we will make sure that your family and your loved one get the full recovery they deserve and are owed. 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 White Hall now.
How can I tell if my loved one is being abused in a nursing home?
There are always signs that will show if your loved one is being abused or neglected by their care providers. Does your loved one look like they've lost an unhealthy amount of weight? Their caregiver might not be giving them all the food they need, or the right nutrients. Does your loved one have red areas on their body or what appear to be sores forming on their skin? If they are bed or wheelchair bound, then they aren't being moved regularly to prevent these sores. Is your loved one unwilling to work with certain staff members or appear afraid? The staff may be abusing them. Listed below are sings to look out for when you think your loved one is being abused or neglected.
1. Nursing Home Abuse Malnourishment
If they aren't being fed or they aren't being given good food, it will show. If their skin is sunken, and they look tired and lethargic, or they appear emaciated, they may not be getting the food or nutrition they need. You're paying for your loved one to be taken care of, not abused and punished. This is not ok. Malnourishment is never acceptable, and you can sue a nursing home for any lack of care or attention that they aren't providing to your loved one. What are other clear signs of possible malnourishment? Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in White Hall have identified these conditions as possible signs of malnourishment:
- Skin Issues - The skin may appear heavily wrinkled and yellow, and in darker complexions, it may take on a dull appearance. Another sign is that the skin beneath fingernails will appear white.
- Mouth Sores or Discoloration - Canker Sores are bright red skin around the mouth and lips can be a sign on malnourishment. Thrush and Yeast also develop from malnutrition.
- Eye Issues - Noticeably worse vision, overly red or glass eyes, and swollen corneas are the tell-tale signs of malnutrition.
- Muscular Problems - If they are overly tired, and their muscles appear weak or flaccid, this is a sign of 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 common in people who are bedridden or spend most of their time in a wheelchair. 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 in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, it's a clear sign of neglect and lack of care. 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 White Hall have identified that can show your loved one may have bed sores:
- Stage 1. Bed Sore - The skin is red, warm to the touch, and your loved one may find it itchy or is already itching it.
- 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 worsens and turns into as cavity.
- Stage 4. Bed Sore - Bones, muscles and ligaments are visible at this stage, and infection is nearly guaranteed.
These types of sores are easily 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. Their negligence caused your loved one to suffer, and if you let them continue to treat your loved one, it will happen again. Call our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in White Hall now. We'll make sure your loved one gets the care and recovery they deserve.
Here is a short video about Bed Sores and what you can do about them.
3. Nursing Home Abuse or Mistreatment
When abuse happens, it can be hard to notice, and its possible your loved one may not be willing to admit or not able to admit that they are being abused. The thought that the nursing home or assisted living facility you've placed your loved one in is abusing them is a horrible thought, but it does happen. 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 - This can be easy to miss if you don't keep a detailed log of their finances. The signs for this type of abuse are a lack of bathing, eating, unsanitary room conditions, or even bed sores. Neglect from a caregiver can also lead to self neglect.
- Physical Abuse - This type of abuse typically results in scratches, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and in some cases sexual abuse. If your loved one is being physically abused, you can call the police. You absolutely should sue the nursing home that abuses your loved one. Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in White Hall will fight for the recovery and rights of your loved one.
- Psychological Abuse - If your loved one is nervous around a caregiver, or is hesitant to talk when they are around, they could be the victim of psychological abuse. Psychological abuse is as terrible as any physical abuse.
Here is a short video our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in White Hall have prepared:
Are there any laws governing nursing home care?
The Nursing Home Reform Act set the laws and regulations that govern assisted living facilities today. These laws can be used to show that your loved one is receiving care that isn't up to the standard 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 White Hall 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 White Hall now to protect your family.