When people in Pennsylvania place a family member in a nursing home, they understandably expect the staff to properly care for their loved one. Unfortunately, this does not always happen; in fact, in some cases, nursing home staff purposely mistreat patients. In this situation, the facility member that has committed the nursing home abuse may be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from his or her actions.
The challenge faced by families whose loved ones have suffered abuse in nursing homes is that organizations and corporations have made it extremely difficult to hold a responsible party accountable. This is true even when there is evidence of mistreatment by staff. This is because elderly care providers possess extensive resources designed to safeguard them from lawsuits and their consequences no matter the type of care they have provided. An attorney can help abuse victims and their families to break through these walls in an effort to hold the care providers accountable.
Nursing home abuse cases can involve a wide range of situations, such as bed sores, neglect, falling accidents and pressure ulcers. Nursing care facilities may also be held liable for malnutrition, dehydration and staff abuse suffered by residents as well as negligence, medication errors and wandering. Other cases involving nursing home abuse include sexual assault, broken bones, staffing issues and emotional/physical abuse.
In a case involving nursing home abuse, an injured resident or the loved ones of a deceased victim have the right to seek monetary damages. No amount of money can undo the events leading to the person's harm or death. However, monetary compensation may help to provide a sense of justice and closure in light of the tragic situation in Pennsylvania.