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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Video Captures Healthcare Worker Beating 91-year old Victim

CNN has posted a video and related news story of a healthcare worker violently abusing an elderly woman. It is horribly ironic that this healthcare worker was hired to provide the elderly woman with assistance with her activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing and walking. As an Illinois Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney, cases like this are an unfortunate reminder of the horrors that can take place at the hands of the very people who are supposed to care and protect our seniors and others who are vulnerable. In Illinois there are criminal laws in place for instances such as this. If this incident were to take place it is probable that the authorities would prosecute the healthcare worker for Criminal Neglect. You can read a previous post on the recent amendments to the definition of Criminal Neglect in Illinois here. Illinois' civil laws also provide that the elderly person or their family members may pursue a civil lawsuit against the healthcare worker and potentially their employer. In instances involving nursing homes this often means that a civil lawsuit can be brought against 1) the abusive healthcare worker and 2) the nursing home that employs the healthcare worker.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, please contact Illinois Nursing Home Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com. All initial consultations are confidential and free.


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