Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Helping Victims & Families Across PA
As our loved ones age, we rely on outside assistance to care for them.
We spend a large amount of time researching quality nursing home facilities,
taking tours, meeting with directors, and ensuring that the facilities
meet our standards. While many nursing homes tout their abilities to care
for their patients, sometimes it can be difficult to spot a problem, especially
when, on the outside, everything appears pristine and everything runs smoothly.
It is unfortunate that errors happen in these facilities. This may often
be due to the following:
- Understaffed facilities
- Undertrained employees and staff members
- Inadequate resources devoted to patient care
Again, many of these problems may not be so apparent at the onset. When
you visit a nursing home facility, you are given only the highlights.
The underlying issues may have simply been swept under the rug, not surfacing
until abuse has occurred.
How can I protect my loved one?
Because elderly victims aren’t always able to speak out about abuse
or neglect - or because they are not willing to speak out - it becomes
the responsibility of friends and family members to learn how to identify
possible warning signs. We have highly experienced Philadelphia
medical malpractice lawyers who have handled dozens upon dozens of these types of cases, and
we can recognize the warning signs. Below are some of the common signs
of signs of abuse or neglect.
Physical Abuse and Neglect
- Bruises, abrasions, or broken bones
- Restraint marks
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Unsanitary or unclean conditions
- Unwillingness to talk about injuries
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Unusual personality changes or depression
- Fear of caregivers / poor relationships with caregivers
- Isolation from others
- Unexplained withdrawal from typical activities
- Signs of dementia
- Changes in financial situation
- Missing belongings
- Unusual credit card purchases
- Identity theft
- Changes to a person’s will
If you suspect abuse, call us today at (888) 899-0652.
Knowing this, we understand your desire to prevent any abuse, whether it
be physical or emotional. Patients can even become victims of neglect,
financial, or even sexual abuse. It is important that you know what to
watch out for, well before signing the contract.
When you first visit a facility, take some time to observe the current
patients. How attentive is the nursing staff? Are the conditions sanitary?
Do the patients seem healthy overall, and happy? If you notice any of
the red flag warning signs, then it is best to move on.
The National Center on Elder Abuse states that although elder abuse is
common, it’s difficult to determine how many victims suffer because
it is so difficult to detect. Remember, victims of abuse and neglect have
legal rights, and by being vigilant and taking a stand, you can help protect
your family and loved ones from suffering preventable harm.
Suspect abuse? Call Shrager, Spivey & Sachs!
If you currently have a loved one in a nursing home facility and you suspect
that he or she may be neglected or mistreated, you have the right to take
action to protect them. You can call on our Philadelphia medical malpractice
lawyers to assist you promptly. Our knowledge of the law, our tenacity
to seek justice at all costs, and our winning history of successful case
results make for a prime combination of legal representation.
Contact us for a
free case review and let us help you seek justice!