Virtually all experts agree that the total number of claims made alleging Illinois nursing home abuse pale in comparison to the total number of actual acts of such abuse. So many residents are voiceless in their fight against negligent, reckless, and intentionally abusive treatment. However, technology improvements may offer a way for others to monitor the treatment provided to their loved ones and help curb the poor care.
Evidence on video cameras is being credited with catching the mistreatment of one nursing home resident that ultimately led to her death. The Examiner discussed the case in an article yesterday. The victim was an 87-year old nursing home resident who was partially paralyzed and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Concerned relatives thought that the woman was being physically abused so they set up a camera in the room to watch how staff members treated her outside the eyes of observers.
The camera allegedly caught acts of abuse including the completely unnecessary removal of the victim’s oxygen mask and physical hitting by nursing home care workers. The woman died not long after the abuse occurred.
Following the death the family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the treatment of the aide and the poor follow-up by nursing home administrators helped cause the untimely death. The recently filed complaint states that the staff members at the home failed to safeguard the defenseless resident and violated law by failing to follow up with the family’s allegations of abuse.
Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti are appalled at the acts of intentional physical abuse that continue at all nursing homes. It is clear that many more acts of mistreatment occur than are ever brought forward. Justice demands that at many acts of abuse as possible be made public with the wrongdoers held accountable.
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