Butler County Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nothing could be more heartbreaking than learning that your parent or elderly loved one is a possible victim of nursing home abuse. If you’re worried that your spouse or relative was seriously injured or wrongfully killed because of caregiver neglect or deliberate mistreatment, your family deserves a thorough investigation into the matter. You may be able to receive significant financial compensation, which can help cover expenses related to surgeries, medical appointments, lost income, and other hardships.
Let attorney Brent Wieand handle the legal work, so that you can focus on what’s most important: spending time with your loved one. From 2013 through 2015, Brent was selected to Super Lawyers’ extremely selective “Rising Stars,” which includes fewer than 3% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. He is committed to providing personal yet aggressive representation for seniors throughout Butler County, and offers free initial consultations for all new clients.
To schedule your free, completely confidential case evaluation, call Brent right away at (215) 666-7777.
Personal Injury Claims Brent Handles
As creator of The Nursing Home Injury Help Center website, lawyer Brent Wieand has experience handling even highly complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. He works on cases involving matters such as:
- Accidental Falls
- Bed Sores (Pressure Ulcers)
- Bone Fractures
- Dehydration and Malnutrition
- Elopement (Wandering Off-Premises)
- Financial Exploitation
- Medication Errors
- Poor Wound Care
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse and Caregiver Neglect
Abuse and neglect both pose major safety risks for countless seniors in nursing homes across Butler County, Pennsylvania, and the rest of the United States.
Abuse refers to intentional cruel treatment, such as deliberately hitting or insulting a resident. It’s a common assumption that abuse means physical violence, but in reality, it can take on many different forms, including verbal or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse or financial exploitation.
Negligence or neglect is a slightly more complicated legal concept, but essentially amounts to being careless and failing to take reasonable precautions against foreseeable dangers. For example, forgetting to provide canes or walkers to a resident who is a known “fall risk” could potentially constitute negligent care.
Like acts of abuse, acts of neglect can also vary. Negligence can range from mixing up prescriptions, to failing to reposition bed-bound residents, to failing to watch residents who then wander off the premises where they can be injured or even killed.
Because the situation differs from one home or senior to the next, it’s important for family members to recognize the common “red flags” for elder abuse and neglect. Some typical warning signs include issues like:
- The existence of bed sores, which are almost always preventable with simple care and hygiene like changing bed-bound residents’ sheets.
- Changes in your loved one’s general personality, such as uncharacteristic irritability, fearfulness, depression, or anxiety. Crying fits or bursts of anger can indicate underlying emotional or sexual abuse.
- Unexplained financial transactions or documents, such as bank statements with unexpected numbers, can indicate isolated financial abuse or even a systematic scam.
- While elderly persons are generally prone to bruising, very large or frequent bruises can be a sign of physical abuse or repeat falls, which easily can cause hip fractures and/or facial injuries.
The way your loved one’s caregivers behave can also be a warning sign that something isn’t right. If a facility’s staff members and/or upper management are unwilling or unable to answer all of your questions and concerns in a frank and transparent manner, Brent can help you get the answers you need.
Nursing Homes in Butler County, PA
If your loved one currently resides at any of the following Butler County senior care centers, you may want to check how his or her home compares against other area facilities by using the Medicare Compare website. This government service rates facilities on categories such as how often health inspections are conducted and the ratio of staff members to residents.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
134 Marwood Rd.
Cabot, PA 16023
5 St. Francis Way
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Evergreen Nursing Center
191 Evergreen Mill Rd
Harmony, PA 16037
Saxony Health Center
223 Pittsburgh St
Saxonburg, PA 16056
100 Norman Dr.
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
St. John Specialty Care Center
500 Wittenberg Way
Mars, PA 16046
Sugar Creek Rest Home
120 Lakeside Dr.
Worthington, PA 16262
If you’re concerned about the quality of care your elderly loved one is receiving, nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand can help. To arrange for a free and completely private legal consultation, call Brent today at (215) 666-7777.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. We happily serve clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.