Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Pittsburgh
We’ve Been Helping Local Families for More than 40 Years
Surveys have found that more than 4 in 10 seniors have experienced abuse while staying at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or skilled nursing care center. In addition to physical and sexual abuse, seniors often face neglect from their caregivers. Residents may face issues that seem easy to solve, like dehydration and malnutrition—which may affect up to 40% of patients nationwide. Now that over 40 million people are over the age of 65 and over 3 million of them are in nursing homes, millions of people could be at risk of serious injury and death in a nursing facility.
How Does Nursing Home Abuse Happen?
Despite the prevalence of nursing home abuse, many families do not become aware of the issue until it is too late for them to prevent injury or secure better care. Caregivers often try to hide injuries caused by negligence, such as pressure ulcers. Even if you are vigilant, it can be hard to know when your loved one is facing abuse.
Here are some actions that can constitute nursing home abuse or negligence:
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Falls and related injuries
- Hospitalization for preventable injuries
- Financial abuse
- Sepsis or other infections
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Medication errors
- Lack of personal hygiene care
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Lack of supervision
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
The signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can range from very subtle to very serious. Even minor injuries that are left untreated can quickly spiral into a life-threatening condition. Infections and pneumonia can be deadly for elderly patients, and other injuries (such as pressure ulcers) can introduce immune weaknesses.
It can be difficult to stay up to date with a loved one’s care when you only see them frequently. Injuries may be concealed or downplayed by nurses. If caretakers always seem rushed or irritated, it could be a sign of understaffing, which often leads to neglect and abuse. You should also watch your loved one and other residents for indications of fear around the staff.
You may notice the following symptoms if your loved one is facing abuse or neglect:
- Unexplained sores, bruises, or cuts
- Dull or papery skin, from dehydration
- Sudden mood and personality changes
- Fear and anxiety around caregivers
- Lack of engagement or interest in their life
- Unexplained injuries, especially from falling
- Repeated hospitalizations for minor injuries
- Lack of supervision
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Nursing Home Abuse?
If you’ve discovered that your loved one has been enduring abuse, negligence, and carelessness at their nursing home, you may feel understandably outraged and desire to pursue a lawsuit against the facility. Under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to bring a lawsuit within 2 years of the date of the injury or wrongful death.
Justice for Your Loved One
Any type of abuse is horrifying, but especially when it is aimed against those who are too vulnerable to advocate for themselves, it must be stopped. We are dedicated to helping injury victims and their families gain an understanding of the situation and request compensation by filing a lawsuit. As a multi-generational, family-owned practice, we know how difficult it can be to see a loved one suffering. Both you and they deserve justice for what they have been put through.
If you are considering a nursing home abuse lawsuit, contact our Pittsburgh team at (844) 383-0565. If you can’t come to our office for your free consultation, we’ll come to you.