What Are Signs Your Loved One Is Being Abused?
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. 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
- 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- Out-of-the-ordinary quietness or withdrawn behavior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 in Pennsylvania
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. Additionally, if the nursing home staff fell below the professional standard of care, you may also consider a personal injury claim. There might also be criminal implications such as assault and battery.
We will walk you through all of 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.
Fighting Against Nursing Home Abuse
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. Most importantly, Smith Law will take the time to learn about you and your situation. From there, we will explain your legal options and what your case may look like moving forward. Once we have agreed to represent you, we will thoroughly investigate your case and argue forcefully against insurers and other adversaries who are working against your family’s best interests.