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Chicago elder abuse lawyerWhen we place our elderly loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home, we are placing a great deal of trust in the caretakers and staff members of the facility. Tragically, a large number of assisted living facilities allow their staff to neglect and abuse their residents, either knowingly or unknowingly. In fact, approximately two million cases of elder abuse are reported each year. 

Shockingly, nearly one in ten Americans over the age of 65 will experience some form of elder abuse. If you believe your elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, it is time to contact law enforcement officials, medical staff, and a legal team you can trust. 

What Is Elder Abuse? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elder abuse is defined as the intentional act of causing harm to an elderly person entrusted to one’s care. Elder abuse is not just limited to outright physical abuse, but it can also come in the form of emotional and verbal abuse, neglect of the everyday needs of the patient, and sexual misconduct. 

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Chicago elder abuse attorneyWhen we place our loved ones in the care of nursing homes or assisted living facilities, we expect them to be cared for correctly, treated with respect, and protected from harm. Unfortunately, substandard care and other forms of nursing home negligence can cause residents to suffer injuries, and even more troublingly, patients are often the victim of abuse.

The Problem of Elder Abuse in Illinois

A recent audit by the federal Department of Health and Human Services investigated cases which took place between 2015 and 2016 in which emergency room records indicated that nursing home patients may have experienced physical or sexual abuse. The audit found that in 28% of these cases, the possible abuse was not reported to the police. Of the 33 states where these incidents occurred, Illinois had the highest number of cases.

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