The Nursing Home is Abusing my Mother, What Can I Do?
Because nursing home patients are physically vulnerable, incidents of nursing home abuse can lead to legitimate claims of wrongful death, bed sores and neglect. In these tragic circumstances family members are left to consider whether the injury or death of an elderly parent or relative was preventable or not. Wrongful death in nursing homes can involve negligence, abuse and administrative mismanagement. The nursing home industry is regulated by Pennsylvania state law and federal regulation
There are many quality nursing home facilities across the country; there are also those who have begun to put profits before the care of patients. Real signs of nursing home neglect and abuse may include:
- Elopement – when patients are allowed to wander off the premises without notice. This can lead to death or serious injury if the patient suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
- Infection- caused by pressure sores or bed sores.
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Urinary tract infections
- Broken bones due to slip and falls
- Heavy or continuous sedation
- Lack of regulated medication
- Wrong medication administered
- Lack of hygiene
Nursing home abuse unfortunately is too common in our society. Elder abuse claims can involve a nursing home’s continual failure to properly care for residents, or direct violations of state and federal elder law provisions due to a variety of reasons. Nursing home violations can include:
- Negligence in supervision
- Breach of duty
- Staffing violations – hiring unqualified workers
If your loved one has been injured or died due to the negligence of the nursing home, contact us at Naftulin and Shick today. We employ nearly 40 years of experience when pursuing a satisfactory result to your nursing home or wrongful death case. A free consultation is offered so you can discuss your case with a qualified member of our firm. Call us at 1-215-348-5455. Our e-mail is [email protected]. Consultations are free.