Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
It is difficult enough to place your elderly family member in a nursing home. We trust that the nursing home we have selected will take good care of the people that we love. Unfortunately, violations of that trust occur in nursing homes and assisted living facilities every day throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the resulting injuries are serious and often catastrophic.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, it is important that you act immediately. Raise your voice to those in charge at the facility and contact a personal injury lawyer. At GSGB you can speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer confidentially and free of charge for a case evaluation. The personal injury lawyers at GSGB can handle nursing home abuse cases in Philadelphia, Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Lehigh County, and all over New Jersey. Read more about what you can do to protect your loved one from nursing home abuse here.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, there are many different ways an elderly person can become victim of nursing home abuse. the personal injury lawyers at GSGB have helped victims and their families all across Pennsylvania and New Jersey for a variety of nursing home abuse violations. Some examples of nursing home abuse violations include:
- Negligent supervision – this is when a caregiver fails to provide the level of supervision that a reasonable nursing home professional should. As part of admitting a new patient, a nursing home or assisted living facility should be aware of the limitations of the resident and have a plan in place to be sure to protect that resident. If a resident needs around the clock supervision in order to be safe, then the facility should provide that, or inform the family that they are unable to so the family can find another facility that can. If a resident is not being supervised and has a slip and fall or trip and fall and fractures a hip, or breaks a leg, the nursing home may be held liable for the damages the resident sustained.
- Physical abuse – this can include hitting, shoving, pushing, physically restraining, or manhandling elder patients while changing clothes or diapers.
- Emotional Abuse – Threatening, taunting or verbally directing elder residents to do demeaning things are all examples of verbal abuse. Caregivers engaging in this kind of activity are trying to dominate and demean your loved one for their own gratification.
- Sexual abuse – unfortunately, the elderly residents of nursing home facilities are often unable to protect themselves from caregivers or staff that have the worst intentions. sexual abuse of elderly residents at nursing home can be rape, improper groping, demeaning comments and gestures, and taunting.
- Financial Exploitation – misuse of the elder resident’s personal checks, credit cards or accounts, stolen cash, social security checks, or jewelry, forged signatures, as well as forced changes to wills and powers of attorney are all examples of how nursing home abuse can be in the form of financial exploitation.
- Improper medication – elder residents are often overmedicated or given the wrong medication altogether. This can occur because of a lack of attention to detail by the staff, or as a way to tranquilize the resident so that they do not need as much attention.
- Sepsis – Sepsis is a severe infection caused by bacteria in the tissue or blood. Though these infections can sometimes happen under good care, when left untreated, they spread, becoming larger and more severe. In the worst case-scenarios this can lead to infections in the brain and heart and be fatal.
- Malnutrition and dehydration – at nursing home and assisted living facilities, proper nutrition and hydration is essential to the residents. Fluid intake for the elderly is essential to their wellbeing and it should be expected that a nursing home provide proper diet and hydration. Malnutrition and dehydration can lead to disease, ulcers and immobility.
- Slip and Falls – if a nursing home resident is assessed to be a fall risk, then it is vital that the staff maintain a watch full eye and provide support when the resident is mobile. The elderly are much more prone to broken bones and dislocated hips as a result of slip and falls.
- Bed sores – Also called pressure sores, bed sores can be debilitating and even deadly. Read more about bed sores here.
- Wrongful death – when a resident winds up dying as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, the estate of the deceased has a right to bring a wrongful death law suit.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
As a family member, often you are a nursing home resident’s best protection against abuse and neglect. As you visit in on your loved ones there are physical and behavioral signs that can tip you off that your family member may be the victim of nursing home abuse.
- Relationship with the care giver – frequent arguments or tension between your family member and the caregiver can be a sign of nursing home abuse.
- Changes in behavior – If your elderly family member has had changes in personality or behavior that you have noticed, that could be a sign of nursing home abuse.
- Noticeable bruises – Does your elderly family member have bruises, welts or scars on their body that have not been explained?
- Broken arm or leg
- Dislocated hip
- Sprains and strains
- Broken eyeglasses
- Signs of restraint, such as marks on wrists can be an indication that your elderly family member is being tied down
- The caregiver will not leave you alone – if you are feeling as though the caregiver will not leave you alone with your elderly family member, that may be an indication of nursing home abuse.
- Weight loss – if it looks like your elderly family member is losing an unusual amount of weight, it may be due to malnutrition and dehydration from neglect.
- Bed sores – bed sores are usually the result of not being moved around enough.
- Dirty living conditions – keep an eye out for bugs, soiled linens, dirty clothes and dirty floors.
- Improper grooming – if your elderly family member is left dirty or unbathed, this is an indication of nursing home neglect.
- Significant withdrawals in the person’s bank account
- Sudden changes in the resident’s financial condition
Talk to a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
There are many elements that go into a nursing home abuse law suit. If you feel that you or your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at GSGB for a free and confidential case evaluation today.
Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual care or situation. Gold, Silverman, Goldenberg & Binder has offices in Philadelphia, Wayne and Voorhees and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.