A nursing home is responsible for its employee’s physical abuse of a resident under the Nursing Home Care Act. Additionally, a nursing home can be responsible when one nursing home resident physically abuses another nursing home resident. In physical abuse case it is imperative that the abuser and witnesses be identified immediately. Potential witnesses are usually other nursing home residents and their testimony needs to be preserved for trial due to their age and underlying health conditions. A nursing home will attempt to stall and delay identification of the abuser and/or witnesses under some vague claims of privilege. It is imperative to get a competent litigation attorney involved on your side immediately to preserve and collect evidence and testimony necessary for the prosecution of the nursing home. If you believe a loved one has been physically abused in a nursing home you can report it to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s 24 hour hotline (800) 252-4343.