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
- Oral Infections
- Tooth Loss
- Medication errors
- 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:
- Fraud and theft
- 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.