Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania Lawyers Committed to Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Neglect in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Nursing home neglect can be notoriously difficult to detect—even the most diligent visitors may be uncertain whether what they are witnessing constitutes neglect or simply the natural physical or mental decline of their loved one. While subject to strict and extensive regulations, nursing homes are often understaffed, and those staff members available may not have the training or resources necessary to ensure residents receive proper care.
Remember, your loved one may be suffering from nursing home neglect even after historically displaying the strongest will and personality imaginable—and even if you have taken every possible precaution to prevent such a situation from occurring. Also remember that it’s important not to wait for your loved one to come forward with a complaint, because many nursing home residents may be embarrassed or even afraid to report the neglect.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our compassionate and experienced nursing home neglect lawyers are here to help you evaluate whether your loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect, stop that neglect from occurring and hold the responsible parties financially accountable. We offer a free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose, and potentially everything to gain in protecting your loved one from nursing home neglect.
Identifying and Preventing Neglect in Pittsburgh Nursing Homes
Nursing home abuse itself can take on any number of forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and even financial abuse. However, nursing home neglect is often significantly more subtle—which means that it can be difficult to even be certain whether the neglect is taking place. While every case is different, some signs of neglect to watch for include:
- Sudden or significant weight loss,
- Changes in mood, behavior or temperament,
- Lack of appetite (which can indicate depression),
- Broken bones or bruising, or other unexplained, frequent or suspicious injuries, which can indicate your loved one is not receiving necessary help with mobility—and can also signal outright abuse,
- Errors with medications,
- Unsanitary conditions in the nursing home itself,
- Poor hygiene or changes in hygiene generally,
- Bedsores, especially in residents with limited mobility, which may indicate that your loved one is either being inappropriately confined to a bed or is not being moved properly to prevent these dangerous sores from developing.
Dedicated Abuse Prevention Lawyers Hold Nursing Homes Accountable for Patient Neglect in Pittsburgh
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our skilled lawyers know that nursing home neglect can lead to long-term physical and mental complications. What begins as a small issue can quickly escalate into a problem that can dramatically impact your loved one’s health and overall quality of life even after being removed from the negligent nursing home. We fight to hold negligent nursing homes fully accountable based upon the theory that they either knew, or should have known, that their staff members were neglecting patients. This can be accomplished by showing:
- An outright violation of federal or state nursing home safety regulations,
- Failure to hire and train qualified staff, or failure to provide sufficient staffing,
- Failure to oversee staff by implementing quality control procedures (in other words, failure to appropriately monitor their facilities for problems),
- Failure to allocate resources sufficient to maintain equipment or facilities in a sanitary manner.
Assuming the nursing home receives funds from Medicare or Medicaid—as almost all nursing homes do—they are required under federal law to provide care that treats nursing home residents with dignity and respect (and Pennsylvania law subjects all nursing homes in the state to this requirement). You likely also entered into a contract with the nursing home that requires provision of a certain level or type of care. Our experienced lawyers will look to all available avenues for recovering compensation to help your loved one recover from the neglect, as well as to deter the nursing home from neglecting residents in the future.
Contact Our Skilled Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers for a Free Consultation to Discuss Options in Your Case
If you even suspect that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect in the Pittsburgh area, don’t wait for conditions to deteriorate further. Our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers are qualified to interpret the signs of neglect and conduct the needed investigation to determine whether additional action is justified—whether in the form of legal action or simply removing your loved one from the situation. We provide all potential clients with a free initial case evaluation, so call or contact us online today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Recovering Compensation Based on Nursing Home Neglect
FAQ: What types of compensation may be available if my loved one was the victim of nursing home neglect?
Even if your loved one was in relatively poor health when entering the nursing home, you are still entitled to recover compensation for any medical conditions or mental health issues caused by nursing home neglect. Although most nursing home residents do not qualify for compensation for lost wages (assuming they are in long-term care and not employed), compensation for pain and suffering, and the humiliation caused by nursing home neglect can be substantial. In particularly egregious cases, we can even fight to recover compensation specifically designed to punish the nursing home for its failures if the actions involved were willful or demonstrated a reckless disregard for your loved one’s safety.
FAQ: Why is the nursing home responsible for paying compensation based on the neglect of staff members?
Ultimately, the nursing home or corporation that owns the nursing home is the entity that profits from your loved one’s presence in the nursing home. As such, it is responsible, as employer, for monitoring what is happening in the facility itself—and is responsible for any negligent actions of the nursing home employees that occur in the course of employment with the nursing home. This makes sense because, except in cases of outright abuse, much nursing home neglect does not occur because staff members are bad people, but rather because they lack the training necessary to know what constitutes adequate care or lack the resources to provide that care.