Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Personal Injury Attorneys | Chicago, IL
Se Habla Español
Free Initial Consultations 888-325-7299

Mickey Rooney Shines Light on Elder Abuse

Mickey Rooney's testimony last week before the Senate Special Committee on Aging has brought the problem of elder abuse into the light once again.  Mickey Rooney, who was granted a restraining order against his stepson a few weeks ago, pleaded with the Committee to "stop this elderly abuse...Now. Not tomorrow, not next month, but now." Following his testimony, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis), Chairman of the Committee, introduced a proposal that would establish an Office of Elder Justice within the U.S. Justice Department.

Unfortunately, elder abuse, including nursing home abuse , is all too common.  According to the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, elder abuse is "any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult."

Elder abuse can occur at the same of any caregiver, including family members, like Mickey Rooney's case, but it often occurs in nursing homes which can be overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded.  As a result, the most common form of nursing home abuse is neglect.

Before choosing a nursing home facility, you should consider whether the facility has adequate safety measures in place (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and clearly marked stairways and exits), has an appropriate staff-to-patient ratio, a staff that promptly responds and communicates with residents and their families, and has safe and accessible bathing and dining facilities.

It is important to be vigilant about the signs of elder and nursing home abuse, such as unkempt and dirty appearances, lack of assistance with eating, drinking and bathing, and the presence of bedsores.  It is also important to watch for possible financial exploitation.

If you or someone you love is a victim of elder or nursing home abuse, you should contact the Senior HelpLine (800) 252-8966 immediately.  To file a complaint against a nursing home facility, call the Illinois Department of Public Health at (800) 252-4343.

The trusted Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman, & Kalish are committed to helping victims of nursing home and elder abuse.  Contact us at (888) 325-7299 if you suspect elder or nursing home abuse, including medical malpractice.

Steinberg, Goodman, & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (888) 325-7299.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Scholarship AwardWin A $1,000
Scholarship Award

Submit a 500 words or less topic-specific essay by July 15, 2018 via this website for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship from Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish.
Click Here for more submission details on how to win.

Get The Settlement That You Deserve Tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you with a FREE case evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Schedule Your FREE Consultation
Map

Office Location

20 North Clark Street 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 888-325-7299
Phone: 312-445-9084
Fax: 312-782-6739
Chicago Law Office Map

Contact Us

Review Us