Many vulnerable nursing home residents often suffer injury and death because of negligent, careless actions by those charged with their safety. When that happens, it may be appropriate that the victims and their families to file a nursing home lawsuit to seek recourse for their losses.
Beyond the poor care provided by some facilities, one form of even more morally bankrupt conduct still occurs with too much frequency-overt nursing home abuse. Beyond mere lack of reasonableness, this constitutes active steps taken by a nursing home employee to physically or emotionally harm a senior in their care. It constitutes an egregious affront to the basic standards of decency that our society expects in all interactions.
Mercury News recently reported on an example of nursing home abuse. Last week three nursing home employees were arrested on suspicion of elder abuse. According to reports, one of the employees, a 27-year old male nursing aide, physically grabbed a resident’ genitalia and pulled on them. Apparently the resident had made a complaint to the employee right before the conduct. The abuse occurred as a result of the complaint, and the abuser made crude comments to the resident during the incident.
Further investigation revealed that the employee had reported attack the resident in the same way in the past. He apparently threatened to “touch” him often in an effort to torment the vulnerable victim. Two other employees knew that the abuse was occurring but did nothing to stop it-violating state law requirements to report this abuse.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Peronti are disgusted that this egregious conduct still occurs. When it happens in our area, we urge all victims to consider whether an Illinois nursing home lawsuit is an appropriate action to hold the employees and facility accountable for violating their clear mandate of safe, appropriate care.
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