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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aims to cut back on financial elder abuse

Last week marked Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 and with that came a look into elder abuse cases in America. Recent studies have shown that elder abuse cases have increased and in particular, financial elder abuse cases.

The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recently stated that “The amount of money stolen from seniors has risen sharply in recent years.” It is known that financial elderly abuse always occurs, but during a recession or slow economy, they are much more common because scammers tend to see elderly as easy targets.

Officials from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College have stated that people “between ages 71 and 79, one-fifth of individuals are impaired but that rises to half of those between ages 80 and 89.”


Woman files lawsuit against Illinois nursing home for poor care

A recent lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home that alleges abuse. The woman who filed the suit claims that her nursing home cared for her poorly when she told employees that she was suffering from stomach pain.

The Belleview woman states that the nursing home did not give her the medical care that she needed and they did not take her to the hospital when she explained the type of pain she was in. When the woman finally saw a physician, the staff did not mention any abdominal pain to the doctor.

If you or a loved one has lived in a poorly staffed nursing home and has suffered from nursing home abuse as a result of it. Contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


Illinois authorities approve tax hike to help ensure nursing home safety

Illinois state authorities have announced that they have passed a bill that will increase the bed tax that is currently on nursing homes to raise money for safety reform and then the government health care will match the money raised in taxes.

Nursing home executives and the governor have said that the increase in money will allow them to increase staffing at nursing homes, fix the long term care system and hire more state inspectors.

The bill was passed in order to try an reduce the number of violence and abuse cases in the Illinois nursing home facilities. State officials have said that 86 percent of the money collected (which is estimated to be near $290 million) will be given back to facilities.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


Southern Illinois nursing home to surrender license

A nursing home in Southern Illinois will be closing its doors after the state decided that they have failed to comply with safety regulations.

The Orchard Court nursing home houses 15 residents and will now have to surrender its license in 90 days. The agreement also states that the nursing home will pay a $12,000 fine. The reasons for the closure are written in a 50 page report by the Department of Public Health and the violations include failing to protect residents to violent attacks.

Many of the incidents revolve around an 18-year-old resident that suffered from mental retardation and beat the other residents. Officials have said that the nursing staff should have made an appropriate care plan for each resident and they failed to do that with the 18-year-old.

Department officials have also said that license revocation is not a common occurrence, but the violations were severe enough to prohibit the nursing home from operating in the future.

Nursing home abuse affects those who may be too vulnerable to speak up for themselves. If your family member has been the victim of elder abuse, contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.


Illinois nursing home sued for negligence

A victim’s estate has filed a nursing home negligence suit against an Illinois nursing home. The suit complains that the nursing home employees violated the woman’s rights until her death.

The suit claims that the woman suffered a broken thigh bone and a fractured  left femur while a resident at the home. The suit states that the fracture to her femur caused her repeated pain and mental anguish.

The suit is claiming that the nursing home failed to provide adequate care and supervision. The suit also claims that the nursing home employees did not notify her doctor that her condition changed and that she was not provided with treatment from trained personnel.

Nursing home abuse can have devastating outcomes on elderly people involved, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.