Elder Abuse Lawyer
At Levin & Perconti our attorneys speak every day with families whose aging loved ones have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, whether perpetrated by their spouses, children, friends and family, or by healthcare professionals at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or working for home healthcare providers.
What is Elder Abuse?
The United States Administration on Aging defines elder abuse as “knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable older adult.” Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States, and it affects everyone, regardless of financial circumstances or geographic location. Even residents of the most highly rated nursing homes and assisted care facilities may fall victim to elder abuse: the Office of Justice Programs states that in 2009 over 11% of elderly people who were surveyed reported experiencing some sort of elder abuse, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that mortality rates rise 300% among older persons who have experienced elder abuse. Because of this our attorneys emphasize the importance of educating the public in order to help put an end to this inexcusable epidemic; when perpetrators of elder abuse are held accountable for these reckless or negligent actions it sends a message that elder abuse will not go unnoticed or unpunished.
Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can occur in both the home or in a nursing facility setting, and can take a variety of different forms; in fact, most victims of elder abuse often suffer multiple different types. However, often due to living situations or a victim’s mental or physical condition, they are not able to advocate for themselves. Because of this it is important for spouses, children, grandchildren, friends, healthcare workers and others to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in order to protect their friends and loved ones.
The most common types of elder abuse include:
- Physical Abuse is any abuse where an older person suffers pain or serious personal injuries, including pushing, punching, pinching, scratching, bruising, cutting, burning, choking, etc.
- Sexual Abuse occurs when a victim is subject to any type of sexual contact without their consent.
- Elder Neglect occurs when the caretakers do not provide proper care, nourishment, medical treatment, or a proper living environment to elderly people who cannot provide these life-sustaining necessities on their own.
- Financial Exploitation of the elderly occurs when caregivers, family, or friends steal money or valuables from an elderly person, misuses their money or financial assets, or hides money or property for the benefit of someone other than the victim.
How Can We Help?
Since 1992, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti have fought to put an end to elder abuse in Illinois. While we are based in Chicago, we proudly represent clients throughout the state. Our firm one of the first law firms in the United States to represent individuals and families in elder abuse lawsuits against long-term care providers such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and we may be able to help you recover fair and reasonable compensation for the harms caused your family or loved one.
We know that most of our clients have had very few, if any, experience with the legal system and may not know who to turn to for help filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Chicago. We are here to help. If you suspect that a friend or loved one is the victim of elder abuse, it is important to take prompt legal action to protect their rights to access the court system. Choosing the best elder abuse law firm to handle your case is crucial to ensuring that you and your loved ones receive fair compensation for the injuries caused to you.
Contact our offices today to be connected with an experienced member of our litigation team who can evaluate your potential case and advise you of your legal options. You can call us at 312-332-2872, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out our online contact form, or send a message through our website live chat operator and an attorney will contact you at your convenience.
All consultations are free and confidential and do not obligate you to choose our law firm. However, if you do choose to let us represent you, you will not pay us fees until or unless we recover compensation for you.
Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf.