Entrusting a loved one to the care of a nursing home or residential facility can be a difficult decision. Because of delicate health or other frailties, this may seem the very best solution. To discover that the care being provided is more harmful than helpful may come as a shock to you. Unfortunately, despite numerous state and federal regulations in place to protect residents of nursing homes, a high percentage of these facilities deliver substandard care and in some cases overt abuse. If you have any suspicion that your friend or family member is being improperly cared for because of carelessness or out of malice, it is important to contact an attorney. Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is ready to serve. Our firm’s attorneys are ardent advocates and seasoned trial attorneys. We will exhaust every resource and legal strategy to help achieve justice. To discuss your concerns with a compassionate personal injury attorney, contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.
The Responsibilities of a Nursing Home
Nursing homes have a moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and clean environment, medical care as needed, good nutrition and see to a resident’s personal hygiene needs. The residents of a nursing home deserve to live out their senior years with dignity and respect. Sign of neglect should not be ignored.
Indications of neglect or abuse can include:
- Unexplained, accidents, falls and injuries
- Frequent bruising
- A sudden change in the resident’s attitude: fearful, withdrawn, or uncommunicative.
- Soiled bed linens or poor personal hygiene
- Untreated injuries
- The disappearance of personal possessions or cash
- Sudden weight loss
- Unexplained death
What should I do if I find signs of abuse or neglect?
All allegations of abuse or neglect should be brought to the right entity. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Department of Health’s Division of Nursing Home Car Facilities regulate nursing homes across the Commonwealth. It would be a good idea to report any neglect or abuse. While these agencies are mandated to investigate the matter, you and your attorney can discuss taking legal action.
The signs of neglect are not always apparent. If you see something, take note and preserve that evidence by taking pictures, questioning the nursing home staff, and calling an attorney. Preserving evidence is an important part of bringing a case. The victim’s attorney is charged with constructing a case that demonstrates negligence or abuse. If the victim’s attorney can satisfy the “burden of proof”, a nursing home can be held accountable and made to compensate the victim for a number of damages.
Contact an experienced nursing home neglect attorney
Our firm has a responsibility to protect and assist those who have been injured by negligence and abuse. We will do everything in our power to fight for our clients’ dignity and future care. We provide a voice for those in need. Meet with a compassionate personal injury lawyer at our firm to discuss your concerns. If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, we are here to help you. Arrange an initial consultation quickly by contacting Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.