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February 2013 Archives

5 warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

When we choose a Pittsburgh nursing home for an aging parent or loved one, we look for a facility with a good reputation that appears clean, comfortable and well-staffed with skilled, compassionate employees. But our job is not over once our relative has moved into a nursing home. In a way, it is just beginning.

Should doctors' apologies for malpractice be kept out of court?

A bill before the Pennsylvania Legislature would allow a doctor admission to a patient that he or she harmed the patient through medical malpractice without having to confront that admission in court later. The bill would prohibit victims of medical malpractice from bringing a doctor's apology or admission of negligent care into court as evidence in a civil lawsuit.

Nursing home caught in the act after denying abuse of resident

It should be the duty of the management of nursing homes in the Pittsburgh area to make sure its staff does not abuse or neglect the facility's residents. Unfortunately, it often falls to residents' family members to be on the lookout for signs of abuse. When loved ones suspect that their relative has suffered abuse, they usually will approach nursing home officials and ask them to investigate.

Pennsylvania nursing home settles abuse lawsuit over beating

A nursing home abuse lawsuit filed against a Pennsylvania nursing home was settled early in February, with the facility's management company agreeing to pay $125,000 to the family of a resident who died two weeks after she was badly beaten by a certified nurse's aide in 2009. The woman suffered a bleeding and bruising on her eye, face and neck in the alleged nursing home abuse.

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