Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
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In Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States at large, nursing home abuse and neglect is much more of a problem than many realize, as seniors who are moved into assisted living facilities are generally in an inherently vulnerable position compared to their more able caregivers. For instance, the senior may be lacking in mental acuity and suffering through a deteriorated physical state that exposes them to abuse and neglect. This — in conjunction with heightened social isolation — can contribute to certain caregivers taking advantage, and sometimes, it can perpetuate a cycle of abuse and neglect.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is an egregious violation of trust and demonstrates a complete lack of concern for the good faith treatment of another human being. Fortunately, the state of Pennsylvania recognizes the need to protect seniors from abuse and neglect. PA law offers the victim the right to bring an action for significant damages against the liable defendant in a nursing home abuse or neglect case.
Successfully litigating a nursing home abuse and neglect claim can be a significant challenge, however, depending on the circumstances. For instance, given the deteriorated mental and physical state of the victim, family members may need to identify the abuse/neglect and bring the action on the victim’s behalf. As such, we encourage those whose loved ones have been subjected to such abuse or neglect to get in touch with an experienced Pittsburgh nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Pennsylvania nursing home negligence attorney Jason Matzus today for a free and confidential consultation.
Nursing home abuse and neglect may be perpetuated through an intentional deprivation of necessary caregiver resources, an intentional infliction of injury, or even simple negligence in which the caregiver violates the applicable standard of care. For example, if a caregiver is inadequately trained, or is otherwise incompetent at their job, and thereby fails to provide food to your loved one for an extended period of time, this could qualify as nursing home abuse/neglect and give rise to a legitimate action for damages.
Examples of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
For those who are unfamiliar with the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, it can be quite a challenge to identify its occurrence in the first place. If you have any reason to suspect that the defendant may be mistreating your loved one, it is important to monitor their condition and take note of various symptoms that could implicate the defendant’s wrongdoing.
Common symptoms that indicate your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect include the following:
Although the mere presence of these symptoms is not an absolute indicator of abuse and neglect, you can further investigate the issue with the aid of a qualified attorney and team of experts. It is important to act quickly – because nursing home abuse and neglect can lead to catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death in the worst cases.
Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus has spent over two decades working with injury victims (and their family members) throughout Pennsylvania, representing them in challenging disputes with negligent defendants in complex nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Here at Matzus Law, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA, we are committed to comprehensive, individualized advocacy. As such, we offer clients step-by-step assistance through every stage of the litigation process. If you have any questions about the process as it unfolds, we are more than willing to sit down with you and clarify any concerns that you may have.
When you or a loved one has suffered serious damages due to nursing home abuse and neglect, it is critical that you work with an experienced attorney who understands the tactics often employed by defendants and who knows how best to overcome such defenses. Call (412) 206-5300 or submit an online case evaluation form to speak to a seasoned Pittsburgh nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer at Matzus Law today. The consultation is free and confidential.
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