Types of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
There are several types of abuse and neglect that your loved one might encounter in a Pennsylvania nursing home.
Physical abuse by care providers includes physical force that may result in bodily injuries, physical pain, or impairments. Evidence of this may include:
- Unexplained bruises
- Broken bones
- Overmedication, and other damage to the body
Any non-consensual sexual contact constitutes sexual abuse. Signs of sexual abuse include venereal disease and genital infections. If a medical caregiver is sexually involved with your loved one, sexual abuse is likely a problem, and you should immediately contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Your elderly loved one places a lot of trust in his or her caregivers. He or she relies on them. Sometimes abusive emotional connections form. Emotional abuse may be verbal or non-verbal acts. Emotional abuse can cause your loved one mental anguish, pain, and distress.
Financial exploitation occurs when a care provider illegally or improperly uses your loved one’s funds, property, or assets. Evidence may include depletion of financial accounts, excessive gifts being given to the caregiver, or missing items or possessions.
Your elderly loved one deserves appropriate care. If a caregiver refuses or fails to fulfill any part of his or her obligations or duties to your loved one, this may be neglect. Neglect can lead to physical injuries like dehydration, bedsores, and frozen joints, as well as mental harm.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
People who take care of elder individuals fail to do so for various reasons, including:
- Staffing shortages
- Insufficient medical supplies
- Lack of PPE (personal protective equipment)
- Inconsistent reporting
- Failure to meet regulations
- Lack of communication
How We Get Results in Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Atlee Hall has been helping the elderly and their loved ones hold negligent nursing homes and care facilities accountable for years. We know how to build strong cases that highlight the harm done to victims and the financial compensation they deserve as a result.
We prepare every case for the courtroom, but our nursing home lawyers are aggressive negotiators. We know what’s fair and how to secure the maximum settlement you or your elderly loved one deserve.
Our team works with medical experts to define the standard of care and how the nursing home’s conduct deviated
from it. Your injury may be due to one person’s carelessness or facility-wide problem, such as a staffing shortage.
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Contact Our Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys for Help
Atlee Hall understands that you love your elderly family members and want the best for them. If you suspect that your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other relative is being abused or neglected, contact our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers today.