Nursing Homes Must Be Held Accountable For Abuse Or Negligent Care
The fastest-growing segment in the United States population is the elderly. As a result of this demographic shift, many elderly Americans have become residents of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, many of these facilities are understaffed, or the workers they do have often are not properly trained.
A disturbing incidence of neglect and abuse has been reported at nursing homes and assisted living facilities nationwide. Injuries sustained by nursing home residents due to neglect and abuse often involve the inappropriate overuse of sedatives, avoidable pressure sores, and failure to provide ordered care.
Identifying Nursing Home Neglect
If you have a loved one who is injured or who dies as a result of negligence or due to an intentional act on the part of a nursing home employee, it may be possible to hold that business accountable. Abuse may be physical, verbal, mental or taking advantage of a person financially. Damages that can be recovered in these types of cases include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Disfigurement or disability
- Pain and suffering
Signs of nursing home neglect or abuse include poor hygiene, development of bed sores, frequent falls, and withdrawal or depression.
If you are concerned that your relative is a victim of nursing home neglect, the first step is to speak with the facility director. If your concerns are not adequately addressed, the next calls should be to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Schedule A No-Risk Consultation
It is also wise to contact a knowledgeable attorney like James I. Devine in Norristown, who can assess the facts of your case and recommend legal action if it is warranted. Call 610-292-9300 or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule a consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
The initial consultation is free, and all nursing home neglect cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means the firm only collects if you collect.