VIDEO: Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes Can Harm Your Elderly Relatives
WARNING: This video depicts shocking injuries of nursing home victims that are ordinarily never seen by the public.
In 2010, Chicagoan Paula Lingo discovered that her uncle – a stroke victim receiving short-term rehab in a local nursing home — was covered in pressure ulcers… or bed sores. “It was horrific to see how severely injured his body was.”
Chicago lawyer Steve Levin of Levin & Perconti has represented Lingo’s family and hundreds of others in lawsuits brought against nursing homes. “Families of nursing home residents have to be vigilant in examining their loved one’s body. If family members don’t get action from the people that work at the home, they need to contact a lawyer.”
One in three nursing home residents, or more than 1 million Americans, have experienced some level of abuse. See Lawsuits Spotlight Widespread Abuse of Nursing Home Residents
“You have no idea, no clue that these kinds of things are going on right before your eyes and you can’t even see them. They had him covered.”
Some Types of Abuse to Look For
Many nursing homes are understaffed, which can lead to abuse such as:
- Bed sores or pressure ulcers
- Falls and fractures
- Medication administration errors
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Physical or sexual abuse
“The sores were too advanced. They were too severe. They were too deep. There was no, no opportunity for him to recover,” said Ms. Lingo.
Levin points out that contacting a lawyer also sends a message to nursing homes that poor care will not be tolerated.