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Nursing Home Abuse

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.

Protecting Loved Ones in Nursing Homes

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 are 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

  • Bedsores
  • Bruises, abrasions, or broken bones
  • Restraint marks
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Unsanitary or unclean conditions
  • Unwillingness to talk about injuries

Emotional Abuse

  • 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

Financial Exploitation

  • 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 & 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 nursing home abuse attorneys 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!

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