If you live in Pennsylvania and you have a loved one who can no longer care for themself and you cannot do so either, there is a very good chance you placed your loved one in a nursing home. There are many great nursing homes in Pennsylvania, however, there are also plenty unsafe nursing homes as well. If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, the time to act is now. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about nursing home negligence and how we can help you and your loved on attain the justice you deserve. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some signs of nursing home negligence/abuse that I should look out for?
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, you should keep an eye out for the following tell-tale signs:
- Weight loss
- Unexplained bruises
- Reports of physical or verbal abuse
- Signs of stress or fright when certain aids visit
- Soiled bed
- Neglectful personal hygiene
- Missing possessions
- Frequent complaints of hunger or thirst
What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home?
The first thing you should do is report the incident. You can do so to nursing home management, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the Department of Health, and/or the Department of Health’s Division of Nursing Home Care Facilities. If you believe that your loved one is in serious danger, you should call the police. They will document the incident and get your loved one to a safe place. Additionally, you should document the incident yourself by taking pictures or videos of the abuse/unsafe living conditions, as this is one of the best ways to prove your claim. You should also ask anyone who saw the incident for their contact information and get your loved one to a hospital for treatment. Finally, you should retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all additional evidence needed to hold the nursing home accountable for their actions. We are always here to help–all you have to do is ask.
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There is nothing worse than sustaining injuries at the hands of a negligent party. Now, you must recover physically, and you must also find a way to pay for your recovery. This is why if you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence, you must contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. An attorney who is willing to fight for your right to a smooth recovery can make all the difference.