Nursing Home Abuse

Highly responsive injury lawyers protect your vulnerable loved ones

If you have placed an elder loved one in a skilled nursing facility, you expect just that: skilled nursing. You also expect attentive and conscientious treatment from the management and staff. Unfortunately, nursing homes too often fail to deliver an acceptable level of care and even subject vulnerable seniors to abusive treatment.

At Noel & Bonebrake, we view nursing home abuse and neglect as one of the great scandals of our time. We are prepared to act aggressively and decisively to halt abuse and recover compensation for past harm. Drawing on nearly 100 years of combined experience, our injury attorneys thoroughly investigate suspicious circumstances and take the necessary steps to hold wrongdoers accountable.

Common Examples of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania

Residents of nursing homes have the right to a professional level of care and the utmost courtesy. But heartbreaking examples of neglect are far too common. Negligence can lead to medical complications and preventable injuries. Common acts of negligence lead to consequences such as:

  • Bed sores
  • Bruising
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Oral Infections
  • Tooth Loss
  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnoses
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene
  • Respiratory ailments

Abuse is often hard to separate from neglect, but it involves actively or intentionally causing harm to nursing home residents. Examples of abuse include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Fraud and theft
  • Overmedication
  • Rough handling
  • Sexual assault
  • Threats and verbal abuse
  • Use of restraints

Who is liable for nursing home abuse and neglect?

If a nursing home resident has suffered harm due to negligence, the negligent actor is liable for the injuries. Therefore, a doctor who misdiagnoses a patient or a nurse who dispenses the wrong medication can be personally liable to the injured patient. Additionally, under the legal principle of respondeat superior (Latin for “let the master answer”), a nursing facility can also be held accountable for negligent harm inflicted by members of its staff. The facility can be directly liable for negligent harm due to poor hiring and training practices, especially when an understaffed facility makes it impossible for residents to get adequate care. A facility can also be held accountable for deliberate abusive acts by staff if management was negligent in its hiring and supervision.

A common scenario that victimizes nursing home residents involves care for injuries or illnesses caused by neglect or abuse. For example, because of neglect, a resident develops a bed sore that becomes a conduit for a serious infection. This requires additional expensive treatment that the facility bills to the patient. But under medical malpractice law, the patient should not have to pay for a remedy, which would not have been necessary but for the bedsore.

Contact Us For a Free Consultation on Nursing Home Abuse

If your elderly loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, Noel & Bonebrake can provide determined representation to recover full, fair compensation. We accept nursing home injury cases on a contingent basis, meaning that there is no cost to you until you recover compensation, either by verdict or settlement. Call us today at 610-892-7700 or fill out the form below.

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