Fighting for Victims of Nursing Home Injury
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities provide crucial services that seniors and their families couldn’t live without. As baby boomers continue to age and the elderly population of the United States continues to grow, these facilities will become even more important.
Many nursing homes deliver excellent, compassionate care, often despite limited resources and small staffs. But sadly, there are also facilities that routinely harm patients through physical abuse and neglect, violating state and federal laws as well as common decency. In fact, in the U.S., approximately 10 percent of all elderly citizens are abused or neglected. That is a number we simply cannot ignore.
If you have an aging parent or other loved one in a nursing home and suspect they are being abused or neglected, do not hesitate to take action. Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, can help you investigate what is happening at the facility and, if appropriate, help you pursue litigation on behalf of your loved one.
Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Comes in Many Forms
Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional or even sexual in nature. Elder financial abuse is also common. Often, because the elderly have difficulty communicating their concerns, abuse can be difficult to detect until it has become a very serious problem. It is vital for loved ones to watch for the signs of nursing home abuse, particularly during any transition periods.
Some of the most common injuries and events caused by nursing home neglect and abuse are listed below:
- Bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers)
- Medication errors
- Fractures and head injuries from falls and preventable accidents (see our blog post on nursing home falls)
- Misuse of physical and chemical restraints
- Untreated infections
- Mismanagement of diabetes
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Wandering off
It is important to remember that nursing homes are not charities. They are medical facilities that get paid for providing care, often through government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid. As such, they are subject to scrutiny and legal liability. Even if the facility seems small and understaffed, there is simply no excuse for failing to adequately care for patients.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Legal Options With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, serves clients through west central Pennsylvania. Although based in Altoona, we can arrange home and hospital visits by request. To learn how we can help you fight back against nursing home negligence and patient abuse, call us at 814-515-9074, or send us an email.