Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyer
As an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorney, I understand that sexual abuse can come in many forms. It may not be as straight forward as forceful penetrative acts or fondling. Sometimes it a case of sexual harassment where there was no contact between bodies. It could be a staff member or residents expose themselves to another resident. It could many different acts of sexual abuse. Any act of a sexual nature occurring without one's consent constitutes a form of sexual abuse. Nursing home patients are easy targets of sexual abuse because of their deliberated physical and mental status. This makes vulnerable prey or targets for sexual predators.
A knowledgeable Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer realizes that many nursing home sexual abuse cases often go unreported. The Chicago personal injury attorneys of Nemeroff Law offices understand that reporting an act of sexual abuse is a very difficult and embarrassing situation for the nursing home resident. As with any victim of sexual abuse they may feel ashamed or embarrassed about the incidence.
Many times they are victims of abuse by other residents, staff members and visitors. Often time's residents cannot communicate, and therefore cannot report the sexual abuse to the appropriate personal. In the most egregious cases, the resident may be cognitively impaired and unaware that the sexual abuse has occurred.
Common Types Of Sexual Abuse
- Forced nudity
- Pornographic picture taking or exposure to pornographic material
- Inappropriate sexual touching or fondling
- Inappropriate jokes or stories
Many forms of Nursing Home sexual abuse have no visible signs or distinguishing marks. In the cases of physical of sexual abuse, the signs can be more apparent. Often times a nursing home resident may to hide the signs of sexual abuse.
Physical Warning Signs Include
- Unexplained bruising in the breast, thigh, perianal and genital area
- Unexplained bleeding from the anus or vagina
- Sudden onset of STD
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Sudden change in mental status
If a family member or a loved one has been sexually abused by a nursing home staff member, nursing home resident or visitor it is critical to report the incident immediately. Take immediate actions to report the sexual abuse incident to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Make sure that the loved one is out of danger, this may require removing the resident from the home as soon as possible. It is imperative that you contact a skilled and experienced Chicago Nursing Home Abuse attorney immediately.
We offer a free consultation to evaluate your legal case. It will cost you nothing to consult with a lawyer to see if you have a case. Immediate action should be taken to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and/or conduct in question and to file a lawsuit, when necessary prior to a deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.
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All our personal injury, workers' compensation, wrongful death and medical malpractice clients receive a promise that if we do not recover monetary damages in your case, we will not charge you an attorney fee. If we take your case, we only get paid if we win your case.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries or loss from a Chicago nursing home abuse, contact Nemeroff Law Offices today. Our experienced Illinois home abuse and neglect lawyers are available to speak with you directly.
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