Pennsylvania’s Older Adult Protective Services Act is meant to protect aging adults from exploitation, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Nursing home abuse attorneys know that this Act has good intentions, but it does not always prevent elder abuse from occurring in our nursing home facilities. Often nursing home residents do not have the capacity to understand that they are being abused or they may be too afraid to report the abuse.
Our attorneys are especially passionate about holding nursing homes, hospitals, and private care facilities liable for elder abuse that occurs on their watch. We know the decision to put loved ones in a nursing home is very difficult and later finding out that a loved one is being abused is devastating. Elders deserve to live out their final year’s feelings safe and loved and caretakers who take advantage of their vulnerabilities deserve to be held accountable.
Abuse that occurs in nursing homes
Common types of abuse that occurs in nursing homes include the following:
- Intentional overmedicating
- Negligent medical care
- Lack of medical care neglect
- Financial abuse
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Lack of hygiene and sanitary conditions
Holding caregiver facilities and companies liable
Poor company practices and procedures often permit and sometimes encourage negligent care and abuse. When background checks are not run on employees before hiring, when employees are not trained, or are improperly supervised, nursing home residents are exposed to potentially negligent care and abuse. Residents are often harmed due to inadequate resident protections such as lack of locked exits with alarms and protections to keep unstable residents safe from falls.
Common nursing home injuries
Injuries often resulting from a negligent or abusive nursing home care are described below.
- Broken bones and dislocations from falls
- Bedsores from negligent care
- Infections, illnesses, and diseases from unsanitary conditions
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Emotional damages such as loneliness, depression, and despair
In cases of nursing home abuse that leads to a resident’s death, wrongful death claims may sometimes be made. Wrongful death claims may be brought by specific close family members to recover the losses they sustained due to losing their loved ones. Sometimes survival actions may also be brought in order to recover for the injuries and damages sustained by the decedent prior to his or her death.
If your loved one has sustained injuries or death caused by nursing home abuse and negligence, contact a Somerset County nursing home abuse attorney at SMT Legal to discuss your claim. Our attorneys will work to see that you and your loved one receive full and fair compensation which may include, but is not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, mental anguish, wrongful death, and sometimes punitive damages.