When Pennsylvania families place their loved ones in a nursing home facility, it is with the expectation that they will receive compassionate and knowledgeable care. Unfortunately, some of these facilities do not always provide the best care, and as a result, innocent people suffer.
Some victims of nursing home abuse may not be able to speak for themselves. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of neglect, mistreatment or any other type of abuse, you have the right to take action on his or her behalf. This is a serious issue, and your family deserves answers.
What are the signs of elder abuse?
It can be difficult to identify the signs of elder abuse. You may not know for sure if your loved is experiencing neglect or abuse, but the following may be signs that something is amiss:
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Depression or confusion
- Displaying signs of trauma
- Looks messy or unclean
- Develops bedsores
- Becomes agitated or withdrawn
The repercussions of elder abuse are more than physical; they can be psychological and financial as well. Many victims are reluctant to speak out about what they experienced because they feel shame and confusion. If you notice any signs of abuse, you would be wise to secure legal help regarding your possible legal options.
How does elder abuse happen?
In some cases, instances of abuse that happen in nursing homes are related to aggression, but most of the time, elder abuse occurs due to reasons that are not always easy to identify, such as:
- Overpopulation in the facility
- Untrained health care providers
- Neglectful or forgetful nurses
- Improper or missed dosages of mediation
- Lack of security
It can be difficult to determine exactly what happened to your loved one, but an evaluation of your case will likely identify why the abuse occurred and who is liable.
Defending those who cannot defend themselves
It can be infuriating and heartbreaking to learn that a loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect. While you cannot reverse what happened, you can take a stand, hold liable parties accountable and fight for compensation on behalf of the victim. Nursing home abuse and neglect are reprehensible, but you do not have to deal with this alone. An experienced attorney can help you better understand your options and pursue rightful restitution.