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Nursing home abuse goes digital

Thanks in no small part to the popularity of social media (including Facebook and Twitter, as well as apps like Snapchat), those perpetrating abuse against the elderly and vulnerable in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, memory care residences and assisted living facilities are finding a new audience - and a new way of getting caught. There have been a spate of reports from across the country (some of them in Illinois) of workers trusted to care for the elderly, ill and incapacitated in facilities abusing that trust and documenting the abuses in photos or video that is then posted to social media networks.

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

“I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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