Pittsburgh PA Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
In an ideal world, it would be possible for all of our loved ones to live at home. Often due to medical conditions or financial means we need nursing homes and assisted living facilities to care for our loved ones. Many of the nursing homes in Pennsylvania and Ohio are good places for our loved ones to reside at. Unfortunately, we have seen a number of cases where people have been injured due to neglect or abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Abuse in nursing homes can take many forms. It can include assault, battery, sexual assault, unreasonable physical constraints, prolonged deprivation of food and water, and unauthorized use of chemical restraints and drugs. By law, nursing home neglect is defined as the negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder or dependent adult to exercise that degree of care which a reasonable person would exercise in a like position. Neglect also comes in many forms, and it can strike where you least expect it – even in New Castle, Butler, Erie, Kittanning, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Sharon, Altoona or other places that otherwise seem perfectly safe.
Neglect can include failure to assist in personal hygiene; failure to provide adequate food and clothing; failure to give medical care for physical and mental health needs; failure to protect from health and safety hazards; and failure to provide adequate nutrition.
Warning Signs for Elder Neglect and Nursing Home Abuse
There are warning signs for nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect that someone you love is the victim of nursing home abuse, you should look out for the following:
- Open wounds, cuts, bruises and welts
- Loss of weight
- Frequent unexplained injuries
- Inability of the caretaker to adequately explain conditions
- Sudden changes in the elder’s behavior
- Reports of abuse
- Pressure sores
- Bed sores
- Lack of personal cleanliness
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Begging for food
- Need for medical or dental care
- Open wounds
- Inadequate staff supervision
- Reports of neglect
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What should you do if you suspect abuse or neglect? The simple answer is to get help, and get it fast. If the situation is life-threatening, you should immediately seek medical assistance and intervention through a private doctor. Whether the condition is life threatening or not, it is also important that there be an adequate investigation.
The law provides significant remedies to address injuries suffered by nursing home patients. Under certain conditions, victims and their families can obtain verdicts for personal injury damages for pain and suffering, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and the return of monies paid to the nursing home or assisted living facility. Dallas Hartman is dedicated to vindicating the rights of the elderly and disabled. If you suspect abuse or neglect in Pennsylvania or Ohio, dial 1-800-777-4081 to speak to a Pennsylvania Nursing Home Neglect Attorney or an Ohio Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer. Click here to fill out a free client evaluation form and an experienced nursing home neglect attorney will contact you.