Report Concerning Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that occurs to residents of nursing homes continues to be a significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by nursing home staff as well as by other nursing home residents.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page;  this page also discusses various possible signs of such acts.

Various other issues are discussed in posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Recently, CNN has published an investigative report titled “Sick, dying, and raped in America’s nursing homes.”

Notable excerpts include:

Some of the victims can’t speak. They rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for.

Instead, they are sexually assaulted.

The unthinkable is happening at facilities throughout the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them.

It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But through an exclusive analysis of state and federal data and interviews with experts, regulators and the families of victims, CNN has found that this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine.

Even more disturbing: In many cases, nursing homes and the government officials who oversee them are doing little — or nothing — to stop it.

Sometimes pure — and even willful — negligence is at work. In other instances, nursing home employees and administrators are hamstrung in their efforts to protect victims who can’t remember exactly what happened to them or even identify their perpetrators.

The report cites various statistics – including those for Illinois nursing homes – regarding sexual abuse and assaults.

Also, the report discusses the challenges in identifying and investigating possible instances of crimes.  Another excerpt:

Many nursing home employees promptly report abusers to authorities as required by federal law and assist in the investigations. But in numerous examples of abuse uncovered by CNN, the facilities themselves have made it possible for violent rapes and sexual assaults to go unchecked.

In these facilities, allegations are routinely questioned or dismissed because victims have cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Workers often lack the specific training needed to spot sexual abuse — keeping reports of abuse from ever reaching authorities. And the reputation and safety of the facility may take priority: There’s often a fear that bringing investigators into a cash-strapped facility may expose other issues, threaten a nursing home with closure or open the door to costly lawsuits.

Most sinister of all are administrators and employees who actively impede investigations.

Additional details concerning the issue of sexual abuse and sexual assaults of nursing home residents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Pressure Ulcers Cited In Illinois Lawsuits

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, pressure injuries, bedsores, and bed sores) can – especially if not treated promptly and properly – lead to a variety of adverse health consequences that can directly or indirectly lead to the death of those who have them.  One of the health complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the sepsis page.

Many Illinois lawsuits have been filed over the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients, as well as those that have developed in residents of other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  Many of these lawsuits claim negligence in care, either for allowing such pressure sores to develop and/or in not taking appropriate action once pressure sores have developed.  Various lawsuits are wrongful death lawsuits, claiming that the development and worsening of pressure ulcers have led to the death of the patient.

One such lawsuit is seen in the Madison Record article of January 2, 2017, titled “Woman alleges decedent developed pressure ulcers in nursing home.”  An excerpt, referring to the decedent Betty Elaine Hamilton:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the time that Hamilton was a resident at the defendant’s facility, she suffered from pressure ulcers and infections.

McGovern alleges the defendant failed to provide necessary care and services and failed to develop and implement a comprehensive care plan.

The article also references alleged violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Video Evidence Of Illinois Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

There are many signs that can indicate possible nursing home abuse and neglect.  Signs of nursing home abuse are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” page.

One way that such abuse and neglect can be monitored is through the use of video surveillance.  Such videotaping is legal in Illinois, albeit with various stipulations.  The law is summarized in the August 23, 2015 post titled “Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes.”

The NBC Chicago article (with video) of January 17, 2017, titled “Law Meant to Protect Elderly Could Keep Video Out of Court in Abuse Case” discusses alleged nursing home abuse and neglect that happened to a nursing home resident that was filmed, and whether such evidence is valid given the existing law and its legal interpretations.  The alleged abuse and neglect of a nursing home resident occurred at Pleasant View Luther Nursing Home in Ottowa.

The alleged abuse happened to nursing home resident Francesco Chiurato, 88.  An excerpt quoting his son, John Chiurato:

Chiurato set up a surveillance camera in his father’s room to see for himself and said what he discovered was “constant neglect or physical battery.”

Video in the article shows several instances of interactions between Francesco Chiurato and a nurse.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fall At Wilmette Assisted Living Facility

Falls among the elderly – especially those at nursing homes and other similar care facilities (such as assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities) – are often discussed on this site because of both the frequent nature of these types of accidents as well as the serious injuries that often occur.

These nursing home falls can occur for a wide range of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.  The loss of balance can be caused by many factors, including those related to aging, medication usage, diseases and ailments, and other reasons.  It is for these reasons that many nursing home residents need to be carefully assessed, monitored and, in many cases, aided when they walking.

Such falls and their injuries remain a leading cause of nursing home lawsuits.  Falls can lead (either directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents.  In these incidents nursing home wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

A recent lawsuit filed against an assisted living facility in Wilmette claims negligence with regard to a resident who fell.  The lawsuit is discussed in both the December 19, 2016 Wilmette Patch article titled “Senior Living Facility Blamed for Disabled Man’s Fall” as well as the December 15 Cook County Record article titled “Sunrise of Wilmette Senior Living, others accused of not monitoring man properly.”

An excerpt from the Patch article:

The suit claims George fell while in the care of the facility due to the effects of dehydration. Windsor says Sunrise of Wilmette did not provide proper care in alleging negligence.

Additional details concerning this lawsuit can be found in the sources mentioned above.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Lawsuit Claims Sexual Assault Occurred At Illinois Nursing Home

Sexual abuse and sexual assault does occur at nursing homes, and it can be committed either by other residents or by staff members.  On this site, sexual abuse and assault – primarily that has either occurred or alleged to have occurred in Illinois nursing homes – are seen in posts in the “nursing home sexual abuse and assaults” category.  Additionally, the topic is also discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault” page.

On that page, numerous “signs” of nursing home sexual abuse and assault are discussed.  While such incidents can be difficult to detect – especially if it is occurring to nursing home patients who can’t communicate that they are being victimized – there can be ways to determine if sex crimes are being committed.

One of the ways, as discussed on the page mentioned above, is if the nursing home resident has contracted a sexually transmitted disease, or whether various other signs of sexual assault are present.

A recent lawsuit that alleges sexual assault occurred at a Richton Park nursing home is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of December 9, 2016 titled “Suit claims woman, 63, was raped at Richton Park nursing home.”  An excerpt from the article:

The suit claims the woman “developed a sexually transmitted disease as a result of being raped” while admitted, but does not specify when the alleged attack happened or who carried it out.

Additional details concerning this Illinois nursing home lawsuit can be seen in the article.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Falls Caused By Medication Usage

Falls that happen in nursing homes and similar health care facilities remain a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  These serious injuries include broken hips, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and various fractures.  On this site, falls are discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as many posts seen in the “nursing home falls” category.  Additional commentary concerning falls can be seen in the following pages:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

As further discussed on the aforementioned “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page, there are many reasons why nursing home residents fall.

One factor that can lead to falls – through impaired balance and other factors – is the usage of some prescriptions.

The McKnight’s article of December 1, 2016, titled “Antipsychotics linked to increased fall risks for SNF residents, study confirms” discusses research findings concerning antipsychotic drug prescriptions and the link to resident falls.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of sources, including the McKnight’s article mentioned above.

Further reference information concerning mental health medications (including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) and their side effects can be seen in the NIH (National Institutes of Health) document titled “Mental Health Medications.”

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes And Use Of Surveillance Cameras

Sexual abuse and sexual assault of nursing home residents continues to be a concern with regard to the safety and level of care that nursing home residents receive.  As seen in many incidents, as well as alleged in many nursing home lawsuits, sexual abuse and assault of nursing home residents can be committed by other nursing home residents, as well as by nursing home staff.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed both on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page as well as in various posts under the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

A November 18, 2016 article (with video) from wfaa.com, titled “Surveillance cameras prove to be strong tool in protecting loved ones in nursing homes” discusses an alleged sexual assault attempt made at a nursing home.  As seen in the article and video, one facet of the alleged incident that proved valuable with regard to the alleged assault was the existence of video surveillance footage.

The issue of video surveillance in Illinois nursing homes has been discussed on numerous posts on this site.  The most recent post is that of August 23, 2015, titled “Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes.”

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Chicago Nursing Home Fined Following Heroin Overdoses

Nursing home neglect can take many forms.  One form of nursing home neglect is a shortcoming of supervision.  Often, nursing home residents will have conditions that require them to require supervision from nursing home staff.  If they do not receive the requisite level of supervision, many different adverse outcomes can develop.

A Chicago nursing home, Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, faces penalties after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the nursing home in February.  An excerpt from the November 14, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents overdose on heroin“:

State and federal health officials are seeking penalties totaling more than $100,000 from a North Side nursing home after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the facility in February, the Tribune has learned.

The residents of Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center were hospitalized and recovered, but at least two used heroin again hours after they were returned to the facility, even though they were supposed to be on close watch, Illinois public health department inspectors allege. One of the two overdosed again.

Another excerpt regarding the facility:

Continental is part of a rapidly growing, South Bend, Ind.-based nursing home operation that includes more than 50 facilities in eight states, records show.

Their 13 northern Illinois facilities include one that earned a top, five-star rating for overall quality from CMS. Four others, including Continental, were given a one-star quality rating, the lowest possible, and police and public health inspection records have alleged unsanitary conditions and negligent care at Continental and some other northern Illinois homes.

The article also discusses various other incidents and allegations against Continental, and mentions a civil lawsuit that has been filed over an incident.

Further details can be found in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the November 15, 2016 FoxNews article titled “Chicago nursing home fined after residents’ heroin overdose.”

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Negligence Involving Medication

Medication problems in nursing homes continues to be a major recurring issue.  On this site, various aspects of the issue is discussed on the “Nursing Home Medication Problems” page.  Additionally, posts concerning medication problems (including prescription errors, drug diversion, overprescription, improper drug administration, and related issues) can be seen in the “medications” category.

As seen in the material mentioned above, there are a range of issues and potentially problematical issues with regard to drug prescriptions and drug administration in nursing homes.   Many of the problems – which often include errors – are due to poor training of nursing home staff and/or poor operating procedures.  As often the drugs involved are powerful, many of the medication errors have resulted in the death of nursing home residents.  Following these deaths, wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

One such medication error, that allegedly led to the death of a nursing home resident, is discussed in the Cook County Record article of October 7, 2016, titled “Holland Home accused of negligence in alleged wrongful death.”  An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Rundin was overdosed with narcotic pain medication that contributed to and/or caused his death. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for allegedly administering pain medications to Rundin even though those medications were not prescribed.

Additional details concerning medication errors can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.

Reasons For Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Lawsuits

There are many types of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse that can lead to a successful lawsuit.  Many of these types of neglect and abuse have been discussed on this site, and both lawsuits filed in Illinois as well as in other states have been summarized.  As well, nursing home accidents often occur, and these accidents often are rooted in some type of negligence or carelessness.  These nursing home accidents often involve serious injury, as seen in many instances.

While the the range of potential claims for nursing home (as well as other types of long-term health facilities, such as assisted living facilities) lawsuits is broad, there are various types of events and injuries that are common reasons for the filing of personal injury or (in the case of fatal accidents or injuries) wrongful death lawsuits.

Common claims for lawsuits include those for nursing home falls that cause injuries; medication administration errors – which can cause a broad range of harm; wandering (often called elopement) which usually includes harm that has caused by such an incident; and the development – and frequent worsening of – pressure sores, which can lead directly or indirectly to a serious deterioration of one’s health, to the point of death in some instances.

There are many “signs” of potential nursing home abuse and neglect.  These signs are discussed on the “Nursing Home Neglect” and “Nursing Home Abuse” pages.  Each potential case of nursing home abuse and/or neglect should be considered independently to determine if a lawsuit should be filed, and as such it is advisable to talk to a personal injury lawyer who handles nursing home neglect and abuse lawsuits.  This lawyer can investigate and determine whether a lawsuit is advisable, given the specific characteristics of the nursing home abuse or neglect and the injuries (and/or death) that have been incurred due to these shortcomings in care.

For those that may have experienced nursing home abuse and/or neglect, and have been injured (or represent someone who has died due to such mistreatment) Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, provides a free legal consultation to discuss such mistreatment, and to determine whether the filing of a lawsuit is appropriate.  Tony can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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 we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our 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 take cases to court. 

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.