Chicago Breaking News reported yesterday on a tragic example of bizarre elder abuse that occurred in a Near North Side Chicago apartment.
The strange occurrence took place at an apparent dinner between apartment neighbors. A 74-year old elderly neighbor had been in a Chicago car accident-breaking both of her feet and requiring use of a wheelchair. Apparently under pretenses of helping the temporarily disabled woman, her 51 year old neighbor invited her over to make dinner. The women lived down the hall from one another at Flannery Apartments-a special Chicago Housing Authority facility for elderly and disabled citizens on the 1500 block of North Clybourn Avenue.
Amazingly, the younger dinner host had more gruesome plans in mind. For reasons that are still unknown, the 51 year old woman boiled water in a five-gallon pot, took it off the stove, carried it over to the elderly woman at the table, and poured it over her head.
The elderly victim was severely burned by the scalding water. Fortunately she was able to wheel herself to the lobby and flag someone down to call 911. She was rushed to a local hospital where she remains in serious condition.
Our Chicago elder abuse lawyers at Levin & Perconti are shocked to read stories like this of unprovoked cruelty. Sadly, senior citizens across the area are forced to endure similar arbitrary suffering at the hands of cruel and indifferent caregivers. In particular, we work with many seniors in assisted living facilities who find themselves harmed by misconduct. Be sure to contact our Illinois nursing home attorneys if you know of anyone is a similar situation.
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