May 21, 2014
A Cook County Illinois grand jury has indicted a 56-year-old man following the abuse of an elderly man.
Stephen J. Kowalsky was charged with one count of elder abuse against bed-ridden Parkinson’s sufferer 79-year-old Charles Matuska from North Riverside. The frail elderly man hired Kowalsky to live with him and care for him 24 hours a day. However, in a strange twist of events, Kowalsky himself needed specialized care after suffering in the aftermath of a stroke that left him hospitalized for three weeks.
Matuska, who also suffered from mentally crippling dementia, was covered in stage IV bedsores that police discovered after being informed by a social worker. Sadly, the bedsores had already extended into Matuska’s muscle and the fascia, tendon and joint capsule. The sores were diagnosed as a result of Kowalsky’s gross negligence.
A judge will now determine whether to charge Kowalsky with elder abuse or place him on probation since he has no previous record. Abuse by a caregiver is a Class 3 felony in Illinois and if found guilty could come with a two to five-year sentence for Kowalsky.
Bedsores typically occur as a result of neglect so when the signs are clear that a bedsore has developed then it is important to seek out the negligent individual who allowed them to develop. Aside from abuse and neglect in nursing homes, seniors can even be neglected in their own homes, as in the above story, by those who should be taking care of them. If you or someone you know has been in a similar situation and you don’t know where to turn for legal advice then look no further than the McIver Brown team today. Our Nursing Home Abuse Center site can help you to understand what you need to do if you suspect that an abuse or neglect case is going on.