Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Handle Negligence Claims in Allegheny County and Throughout Western PA
Several million old and frail Americans live in long-term care facilities, and that number is going to continue to grow as the population ages. Unfortunately, some of the facilities that are supposed to keep elderly people safe fail to do so. The result is neglect and abuse. It’s a national problem, and it is especially pronounced in Pennsylvania.
At the Pittsburgh law firm of Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our western Pennsylvania lawyers help people whose elderly loved ones were abused or neglected in long-term care facilities. The goal of our work in this area is to obtain compensation so that families can take care of their loved ones and ensure their safety and happiness. Equally important, the cases we file are warnings that abuse of this vulnerable population is unacceptable. Contact us today to explore your legal options.
Examples and Signs of Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse in Erie, PA
Federal regulations mandate that nursing home residents have the right to be “free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” Examples of violations of these rights include:
- Assault such as slapping, pinching, kicking, pushing, shaking, beating, and threatening.
- Verbal or emotional abuse.
- Not treating existing or new medical problems.
- Depriving resident of food and water.
- Sexual assault.
- Excessive use of unreasonable physical restraints.
- Overuse of drugs to control behavior.
- Failing to keep residents clean.
- Theft of valuables.
- Failure to prevent residents from injuring others.
In some instances, nursing home residents may be unable to report such abuses because of dementia or other impediments. Families should be on the lookout for the following hints that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a Pennsylvania nursing home:
- Injuries that appear to have occurred in bed.
- Unusual agitation, fear, withdrawal, and other behavioral changes.
- Falls that cause fractures or head injuries.
- Infections such as bed sores (also known as pressure ulcers).
- Cuts and bruises.
- Wandering away from the facility.
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain.
- Reluctance to speak in the presence of staff.
- Sudden changes in health status or frequent illnesses.
If you suspect neglect and abuse in a Pennsylvania care facility, take your suspicions seriously. Talk with an attorney who knows this challenging area of the law and who can help you safeguard your elderly loved one’s life and safety.
Call a Greensburg Personal Injury Attorney for Help with a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in Pennsylvania
If you or your elderly loved one were injured because of nursing home abuse or neglect, find out about your legal options. Call now or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Find out how the caring attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. in Pittsburgh can help you obtain justice for your family.