Intentional acts of Illinois nursing home abuse are always shocking to learn about because it involves taking advantage of the very individuals who one is paid to protect. Along the same lines, news of family members abusing their very own elderly relatives seems to stir the soul. Yet both forms of senior abuse occur with alarming frequency.
Late last week Houma Today reported on the arrest of a 48-year-old man for the abuse of his 91-year-old mother. The police officers indicated that the man pulled out a large chunk of the woman’s hair in an altercation.
It is unclear was specifically caused his angry outburst. Apparently the violence stemmed from a drunken night out. The attacker has proven incapable of control his anger while intoxicated. He was also charged with abusing his girlfriend on the same evening. In fact, the man was actually on probation for a previous attack on his mother from two years ago. Over the past ten years he has been convicted of physically harming his elderly mother on seven different occasions.
The latest charges led to a revocation of his probation. He will therefore be required to serve out the remainder of his six-year sentence for the earlier attack and may face an additional ten years for the latest abuse.
Stories of repeated physical abuse of vulnerable family members shock the conscience. There is never any justification for acts of cruelty, particularly against those who are often incapable of defending themselves.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand the vulnerability of area residents and work hard to ensure that their legal rights are respected. Many seniors depend on thoughtful observers to help protect them from care that is abusive or negligent. We must ensure that as many victims as possible are identified with their wrongdoers held accountable so that the public can be made aware of the problem’s scope.
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