We would all like to believe that our elderly loved ones receive nothing but quality care and courteous treatment from their nursing home caregivers. Sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect are common issues throughout York County, the state of Pennsylvania, and the rest of the U.S. If you’ve noticed any unexplained injuries or unusual behavior in your loved one, or if you believe substandard care may be to blame for your loved one’s death, you deserve to have the matter reviewed by a compassionate and dedicated attorney.
Nursing home abuse lawyer Brent Wieand is committed to advocating for the legal rights of senior citizens and their families. As creator of The Nursing Home Injury Help Center website, Brent is experienced handling complex personal injury and wrongful death claims, and brings a personalized, strategic approach to each case he litigates. Your family deserves to seek justice and fair compensation for the suffering and pain you’ve been through, so call Brent today at (215) 666-7777 to start exploring your legal options in a free and confidential case evaluation.
Protecting Senior Citizens’ Legal Rights
Care homes and assisted living facilities which accept government funding must comply with state and federal laws regarding elderly residents’ rights, or face harsh penalties for violating the law. As a facility resident, your loved one has the following rights:
- The right to remain in their home unless they threaten another resident’s safety, stop paying, or need to be transferred for health reasons.
- The right to access their own medical records.
- The right to voice any complaints or grievances without fear of eviction or other repercussions.
- The right to keep their personal possessions, space permitting.
- The right to privacy.
In addition to safeguarding each resident’s legal rights, assisted living facilities also need to obey certain laws which dictate how homes can and cannot operate. To give a few examples, homes must:
- Maintain or enhance residents’ overall quality of life.
- Protect their residents from being mistreated or neglected.
- Provide residents with nutritionally balanced meals which meet all dietary needs.
- Keep accurate medical records and written care plans.
- Offer services and activities to residents.
If you believe any of your loved one’s legal rights are being violated, call The Nursing Home Injury Help Center to explore what sort of legal recourse is available to your family. Brent Wieand can advise you about your options going forward.
Nursing Home Abuse Claims Attorney Brent Wieand Handles
The signs of abuse and neglect can be very subtle, which means you need to be vigilant and proactive if you have any concerns. Physical signs can include bruising, swelling, black eyes, bone breaks, or sprains, while emotional signs might include social withdrawal, fearfulness, agitation, depression, insomnia, and unwillingness to talk about the facility or their caregivers. Many victims hesitate to tell their families about abuse for fear of facing repercussions, so make sure your loved one knows their rights and feels comfortable sharing any information about how they are being treated.
Even if you simply have a bad gut feeling, it’s always worth looking further into the matter in order to protect your loved one’s health and safety. Remember: you deserve to know how your relative is being cared for. If the staff members at your loved one’s assisted living facility are unwilling or unable to provide prompt, satisfactory answers to all of your questions, it’s time to consult with an attorney.
Our legal team handles both injury and wrongful death claims, including but not limited to:
- Bone Fractures
- Dosage Errors
- Elopement (Wandering)
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Abuse
- Improper Wound Care
- Physical Abuse
- Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)
- Sexual Abuse
If you are concerned that your loved one is being abused, neglected, or mistreated at a York County facility, don’t allow the situation to continue: get experienced legal help. Call nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand right away at (215) 666-7777, or get started by using the contact form in the upper right corner of the page.
Our consultations will always be kept private, and your first consultation is free of charge, so call today to learn more about how The Nursing Home Injury Help Center can assist you and your family.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. We happily serve clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.