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How can an abuse accusation be documented?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2018 | Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

If you have a loved one in a Chicago nursing home, you will know first-hand how hard it is to witness an elderly person’s deterioration and growing dependence. This deterioration can make the person especially vulnerable to abuse by nursing home staff as well as residents, and unfortunately this is a relatively common problem.

If you believe that your loved one is being abused or mistreated in a Chicago nursing home, it is important that you gather enough evidence in order to make a convincing case. Often, those who want to file a claim against a nursing home simply do not have enough proof and documentation to show that abuse is taking place.

What types of damages can be brought attention to?

In order for a successful claim to be made against a nursing home, the damages that occurred must be shown conclusively. These damages could be physical, mental or financial. For example, if a nursing home resident was neglected and as a result suffered from poor hygiene, an illness may have been caused as a result. In a case such as this, it is important to show that the neglect of care was the factor that caused the illness to occur, and the damages that occurred, such as unnecessary pain and suffering, emotional distress and medical bills.

As the loved one of a nursing home resident, it may be a good idea to keep a diary of all events and notable occurrences that took place over a period of time. This diary can be used as supporting evidence in a nursing home neglect case.