Physical Abuse Of Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Physical abuse of Illinois nursing home residents can take many forms, and can be inflicted by both other nursing home residents as well as nursing home staff.

A recent instance of alleged physical abuse of a nursing home resident in Florida serves as an example.  As is often the case in nursing home abuse cases, a man noticed bruises on his father, who was a nursing home resident with dementia.

An excerpt from the Orlando Sentinel article of October 30, 2014, titled “Two captured on hidden camera by nursing home patient’s son arrested“:

A man who noticed bruises on his father, a nursing home resident with dementia, set up a hidden camera and caught two employees hitting him, a Winter Haven police spokeswoman said.

Additional details regarding this alleged nursing home abuse can be seen in the Orlando Sentinel article mentioned above, as well as the November 26, 2014 theledger.com article titled “Two Nursing Assistants Accused of Elderly Abuse Released on Bail.”

As seen in the alleged incident above, bruises served as a sign of potential abuse of a nursing home resident.  Other signs of potential abuse are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” page of this site.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Additional Reasons For Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on this site, one of the most common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involve residents who fall.  These falls, of course, also occur in various other types of Illinois long-term health care facilities, including assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and hospices.

Nursing home residents fall for numerous reasons.  Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” page.  Given the frequency of these falls – as well as the likelihood of injury or other harm that can occur – it is highly beneficial to have awareness of the reasons for such falls.  As well, many long-term health care facilities are taking numerous preventative measures.

Two other reasons for nursing home falls – aside from those previously discussed – are:

  • Nurse staffing levels:  As discussed in the McKnight’s July 6, 2012 article titled “CNA staffing tied to fall risk” research featured in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicated a correlation between CNA staffing levels and the risk for falls among short-stay nursing home residents who are newly admitted.

Additional details regarding these reasons for nursing home falls can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Should someone you care for in a Illinois nursing home or other health care facility suffer a fall that leads to injury, there may be grounds for filing a lawsuit.  While, of course, not all falls will lead to injury compensation, in instances where a fall or dropped resident happens due to negligence a lawsuit may be warranted.

Each Illinois nursing home injury needs to be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  Please call the Illinois nursing home accident lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Additional Commentary Regarding Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page, one of the common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involves nursing home falls.  These types of accidents can, of course, occur in other types of long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), retirement homes, hospices and hospitals.

Of note, nursing home falls, according to various sources, are the top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities and long-term health care providers.  The McKnight’s article of October 27, 2014, titled “Falls are top reasons for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states” discusses this topic.

On November 2, 2014 the New York Times published an article titled “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation.”  This article features statistics regarding falls among the elderly, as well as how preventative measures are being implemented in nursing homes to prevent residents from falling.

A couple of excerpts from this article:

The dangers are real. The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, the most recent year for which fatality numbers are available — almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade. All told, in the decade from 2002-2012, more than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.

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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nearly 17 percent of nursing home residents in the United States, or 220,000 people, experience a fal​l.​ Of those, 70,000 are injured. Medicare currently will not pay to treat an injury resulting from a fall in a hospital, and many health policy experts believe the agency should institute the same policy for nursing homes.

Additional details and discussion are seen in the New York Times article mentioned above.

Furthermore, other statistics regarding nursing home falls can be seen on the “Nursing Home Falls Statistics” page.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.