A nursing home abuse case was decided last Friday in favor of the plaintiffs. A federal judge awarded the victim's family $1.2 million in restitution. Sadly, the 96-year-old victim did not live to benefit from the favorable award. Although this case happened out of state, numerous cases of nursing home abuse happen in Pennsylvania every year.
For Pennsylvania families who are faced with the difficult task of choosing a residential care facility for a loved one, the issue of abuse is a serious matter. Nursing home abuse happens in facilities across the nation, and families feel limited in their ability to effectively screen out institutions in which high levels of abuse have taken place. One reaction to this issue is a public call for placing more cameras within nursing homes, with the hopes that having these recording devices in place may lower rates of abuse by staff.
Nursing home neglect can happen in so many different ways in Pennsylvania. One of the most common ways that it manifests is in the form of medication errors. Unfortunately, in these cases, drugs that are intended to maintain a nursing home resident's health are not prescribed correctly or are administered -- or not administered -- in a negligent way. Sadly, the result is often injury or even death.