At Coogan Gallagher, our Chicago elder abuse attorneys are committed to helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect obtain justice for their damages. Our team has successfully helped clients and their families recover the compensation they need to overcome the financial harm done to them and to securely pay for ensuing medical and psychological care. Learn more about the signs and types of elder abuse in nursing homes, and contact us to set up an initial consultation.
Though the rate of elder and nursing abuse varies exponentially from study to study, most findings reveal that elder abuse is a prevalent issue. According to the findings, seven to 10 percent of elderly individuals have suffered at least one incidence of abuse in recent years. A study of 2,000 nursing home residents indicated an abuse rate much higher, at 44 percent, and a neglect rate of 95 percent. It is suspected that only about 20 percent of all cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation are actually reported. Several studies indicate that approximately 90 percent of perpetrators are family members.
The warning signs of elder abuse in nursing homes are both physical and behavioral. Some signs that abuse, neglect, or exploitation is occurring include:
Victims of nursing home abuse are often not the only parties to demonstrate warning signs. Often the nursing home staff present warning signs as well, like:
If you notice any of these signs, know that there are laws protecting the elderly and that the guilty parties can and should be held accountable. Our attorneys at Coogan Gallagher, are prepared to help you fight for justice and compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
Just as the signs of elder abuse vary from person to person and from home to home, so too do the types of elder abuse in nursing homes. Elder abuse may take one or more of the following forms:
Whatever form the abuse takes, your elderly loved one deserves to be vindicated.
Nursing home abuse is a growing and serious concern in our country. Our experienced attorneys at Coogan Gallagher fight this prevalent problem by helping victims and their families hold the responsible parties financially accountable. Get the legal help you need to bring justice for your loved one. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.