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Protecting Your Elderly Loved Ones

As a registered nurse, attorney Sharon Smith is incredibly passionate about fighting nursing home abuse. She understands the standards every employee is legally held to, and she knows how to work with the elderly.

Nursing home abuse not only involves physical, sexual or emotional trauma, but also a breach of the trust we place in these facilities. Our elderly loved ones deserve the utmost care. They deserve caretakers who treat them well.

What Are Signs Your Love One Is Being Abused?

If you suspect that a loved one is being mistreated, you should contact an attorney right away. Don’t wait until more damage is done. Some red flags that abuse or neglect could be happening include:

  • Unexplained bruises
  • Unexplained broken bones
  • Bruising near genital areas
  • Bedsores
  • Malnutrition or weight loss
  • Fear or nervousness around a particular staff member
  • Out-of-the-ordinary quietness or withdrawn behavior
  • Staff refusal to let you spend time alone with your loved one

Because the elderly are generally physically frail and may have mental conditions such as dementia, it can be hard to tell whether these signs are due to abuse or not. It is always better to be safe than sorry. An attorney can begin an investigation that may reveal unsafe policies, inadequate employee supervision, negligent maintenance or other factors that point to the mistreatment of residents.

Maximizing Your Legal Claims

If we discover incidents of neglect or intentional harm, we will take every action we can to protect your loved one. Under Pennsylvania law, you may be able to file a breach of contract claim. If the home participates in Medicare, you may have additional rights under federal law. Filing a claim can secure a financial award for the costs of your loved one’s recovery and mental damage.

If the nursing home staff fell below the professional standard of care, you may also consider a personal injury claim. There may also be criminal implications such as assault and battery.

We will walk you through all this. You do not need to know everything about nursing home abuse law. That’s why we are here to handle all the legal issues for you. You need time to be with your loved one and care for them.

Protect Your Loved One Now

Our nursing background and familiarity with nursing home protocols give us an insider’s edge in our investigations. We understand how the law and the medical standard of care intersect, as well as the evidence needed to show that your loved one was abused.

Act today and schedule a free initial consultation at our Bethel office. Call 412-255-3226 or contact us online.