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There has been widespread concern about the quality of health care in America, including that of elders living in nursing homes and senior care facilities. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), as many as one in three nursing homes were cited for violations between 1999 and 2001. These facilities did not meet the federal standards for safety, or caused actual harm and injury to residents. When a family chooses to put an aging loved one in a senior care facility, they expect a certain level of quality and a guarantee that the person will be treated well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it may be necessary to seek help from a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Recognizing Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can come in many forms: physical, mental, and financial. When a facility is short-staffed, the nurses and caregivers can be motivated to move more quickly or pay less attention to detail. An elder may be bruised, scratched, or otherwise hurt due to rough handling. He or she may also be neglected by not getting the amount of attention that is necessary for their health conditions. Most abuse is unintentional, but that does not mean there is no cause for concern.

Mental abuse can be more difficult to ascertain. The elder may become depressed, sleeping more and eating less. Because these symptoms are not uncommon with aging and declining activity levels, it is easy to overlook as a natural progression. However, if there is a sudden change in behavior, this is worth investigating.

Preventing Elder Abuse

In addition to being aware of warning signs for abuse, there are steps one can take to prevent abuse in the first place. It is important to call and visit a loved one regularly to see how he or she is doing. If possible, it can be helpful to have others visit the elder as well. This could include friends, medical professionals, and church members. Be aware of the goings-on in the senior care facility. This will be an early alert to any suspicious behavior, as well as call attention to other potential abuse cases.

Choosing an Elder Abuse Lawyer

When elder abuse is suspected, it is important to remove the person from that situation as soon as possible. Contact an elder abuse lawyer to talk about your loved one’s rights and your options. If a senior care facility is not doing its duty, your loved one has the right to move to where he or she can receive appropriate care. Sometimes, the worst happens and an elder passes away due to inappropriate care. In this circumstance, the family may be entitled to reparations. An elder abuse lawyer can help guide you through this difficult time.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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