Nursing home abuse is a far more common problem than many people initially realize. Every year, tens of thousands of senior citizens are neglected or even deliberately abused by the very caregivers who are supposed to tend to their health and safety. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes right here in Erie County may not be providing the degree of care your loved one deserves by law.
If you’re concerned that your loved one has been victimized by abuse or neglect, or if you think that his or her care facility is violating any laws or regulations, it is very important to consult with experienced legal representation as soon as you possibly can. Your parent or grandparent’s safety could be in jeopardy, so don’t wait for the situation to escalate.
To set up a free and private legal consultation, call attorney Brent Wieand at (215) 666-7777 today.
Abuse means that a caregiver intentionally harms a resident under his or her care. Abuse can be physical, verbal, sexual, or even financial in cases where a caregiver exploits the resident’s credit cards, bank accounts, or benefits.
By contrast, neglect or negligence means that a caregiver failed to meet the standard of care provided for by state law, federal law, or the protocols normally observed within the industry. Abuse can manifest as neglect, but in many cases, negligence occurs because the home has not hired enough staff members or purchased enough supplies to adequately care for each and every resident.
In order to be successful with a personal injury or wrongful death claim, it must be proven that:
The majority of nursing homes in the United States are for-profit businesses. Sadly, the result is that many facilities place protecting their bottom line over the comfort and safety of their residents. Driven by financial imperatives rather than concern for their patients, elder care facilities frequently fail to hire sufficient staff, fail to properly train their staff, or neglect to conduct basic background checks on employees who later cause harm to innocent residents.
However, abuse and neglect are not always as obvious as a black eye or a broken bone, and the red flags can be easy to miss if you do not know what to look for — particularly because the victims seldom speak up about the mistreatment. It is extremely important to be able to recognize some of the common warning signs that your loved one is being abused or neglected, so that you can remove them from the dangerous situation as soon as possible. Signs to look out for include:
If you’re worried that your loved one has been the victim of a serious injury or wrongful death at his or her Erie County care facility, our legal team can help. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call nursing home abuse lawyer Brent Wieand right away at (215) 666-7777.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. He proudly serves clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.