Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Take Action when Nursing Homes Breach Our Trust

Millions of Americans trust nursing homes to take care of their loved ones. Most nursing homes seek to earn that trust, providing a valuable service and treating their patients with dignity and professionalism. Sadly, however, many nursing homes fall short of professional standards and the consequences can be terrible.

When a nursing home patient is hurt through abuse, neglect, or other forms of malpractice, the victim or the victim’s family can seek compensation for the harm done to them. This is a way of helping to cope with medical bills and other costs that come with the aftermath of an injury. It also holds nursing homes accountable for hurting the people they were meant to protect, deterring them from such behavior in the future.

What to Expect from Our Services

It is not easy to successfully pursue a claim for nursing home abuse. Abuse can be difficult to prove and insurance companies and other opponents are skilled at talking people into settling for less than they deserve. You need help from a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to handle your case. 

At Smith Law, we provide valuable insight and advice for abuse victims and their families. In addition to her legal practice, attorney Sharon K. Smith is a practicing registered nurse (RN) and has served as an expert witness on many nursing home abuse cases. Her experience gives her an insider’s perspective into professional standards of patient care and how they relate to the law. For more than a decade, Smith Law has proudly served Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Mount Lebanon, Upper Saint Clair, and Washington, Pennsylvania, with knowledgeable legal guidance.

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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
  • 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 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.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you have a loved one in a nursing home and you have seen warning signs of abuse, report the problem right away. Once your loved one is safe, talk to a skilled lawyer about your legal options. It’s important to act quickly when so much is at stake. Schedule a free initial consultation at our Pittsburgh office today.