Chicago Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers
Welcome to Ferrell Young, LLC
Ferrell Young, LLC is a Chicago law firm that handles personal injury cases including nursing home abuse and neglect, asbestos and lung cancer, mesothelioma, and trucking and auto accident claims. We are a team of experienced attorneys who know injury law and have a proven track record of zealously and successfully representing our clients both in and out of the courtroom.
We have represented numerous clients across the state of Illinois in successful litigations of their personal injury claims. Our years of experience handling these complex cases allows us to offer valuable advice and legal counsel regarding accidental injuries of all kinds, but especially in elder care settings.
The Ferrell Young, LLC team offers compassionate representation that is client focused and tailored to each individual. Our firm is dedicated to providing personalized and attentive communication with our clients at all times, which is the core of our attorney-client relationship. We listen to our clients’ needs, keep them advised at all steps of the procedure, and include them in every detail of the decision making.
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Statistics on Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
According to the Illinois State Police, there are over 100,000 elderly persons currently living in nearly 1,300 long-term care facilities in the state. Research suggests over 12,000 of these residents will be abused annually.
Nursing home abuse and neglect stats aren’t shocking in our state alone—it is a national crisis. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that more than five million elderly people suffer abuse and neglect every year, many of them while in nursing home care. Sadly, they estimate that because elder abuse is often concealed by perpetrators and that victims are often reluctant to speak out, cases of nursing home abuse and neglect are vastly underreported.
Nursing home abuse may take any of these forms:
- Neglect: When a nursing home resident isn’t taken care of properly and left to fend for themselves, they may hurt themselves or get ill due to the lack of supervision and care.
- Physical Abuse: Nursing home physical abuse can include pushing, hitting, and inappropriate restraint use.
- Emotional Abuse: This type of abuse may include insults, humiliation, or threats.
- Sexual Abuse: This type of nursing home abuse can include behavior such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, and tricking or coercing an elder into sexual contact.
Signs of Elder Abuse & What to Do About It
Signs that a nursing home patient is being abused by their caretaker or another party include:
- The prevalence of unexplained injuries
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Mood swings
- Open wounds
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Sudden financial troubles
- Fear of being alone with caretakers, and
- Any other sudden or unusual factors and behaviors.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from abuse, try asking them about it in a gentle and non-confrontational way. However, keep in mind that they may be too ashamed to admit the abuse or even unaware that it is taking place. Another option is to talk to a staff member or manager to determine whether your loved one’s behavior has a logical explanation.
If you know or suspect nursing home abuse is taking place and don’t know where to turn, contact the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-888-557-9503 or the Illinois Department of Public Health Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-800-252-4343 (available 24/7). In case of an emergency, contact 911 to get your loved one to immediate safety.
Finally, contact a local nursing home abuse and neglect attorney to discuss your legal rights and what you can do to recover damages for the losses your family has endured.
Contact us now to speak with an experienced attorney about your nursing home abuse or neglect case. Se habla Español.
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