No one deserves to be abused – especially at the hands of their caregivers. Our nursing home abuse attorneys want to make sure that the appropriate parties are held responsible if your loved ones have suffered injury as a result of abuse or neglect in an assisted living setting.
Nursing home abuse attorneys at The Travis Law Firm serving Erie County, Crawford County, Warren County, and all of Northwestern Pennsylvania can assist you in pursuing a lawsuit if you suspect that someone you love has been injured as a result of nursing home neglect or elder abuse.
An individual’s post-retirement years (age 60 and over) should be ones of enjoyment, recreation, and reflection. Yet many retired people in the care of nursing homes experience physical and psychological anguish because of neglect and abuse. Please contact us if you notice any signs of neglect or abuse – nobody thinks it will happen to their loved one, but it has happened right here in Erie Pennsylvania.
No one deserves to be abused – especially at the hands of their caregivers. Our nursing home abuse attorneys at The Travis Law Firm want to make sure that the appropriate parties are held responsible if your loved ones have suffered injury as a result of abuse or neglect in an assisted living setting. Contact our personal injury lawyers to arrange a legal consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
The National Center on Elder Abuse reported that Adult Protective Services investigated more than 190,000 cases of alleged elder abuse in 29 states. In 24 states, more than 46 percent of those investigations were substantiated. In the majority of those cases, more than 89 percent of the abuse was reported to have occurred in a domestic setting.
Other findings include:
- Older women are far more likely than men to suffer from abuse or neglect. In 2003, two out of every three elder abuse victims were women (15 states reporting).
- More than 2 in 5 victims were age 80 or older (20 states reporting).
- Most (77.1 percent) victims were Caucasian (13 states reporting).
Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse
There are several actions on the part of caregivers that constitute nursing home neglect.
Neglectful Actions by Caregivers Include:
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene
- Failure to provide appropriate medical care
- Failure to provide appropriate food, clothing and shelter
- Failure to prevent or treat malnutrition and dehydration
- Failure to prevent falls
Warnings signs of elder abuse include:
- Development of bed sores and ulcers
- Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
- Injuries resulting from restraint
- Broken bones
- Excessive or rapid weight loss
If a member of your family has experienced nursing home neglect or shows signs of abuse, document the problem and report it to:
- The facility’s administrator, director of nursing, and social worker
- Pennsylvania’s Nursing Home Administrators Board
- The local police or state law enforcement
- An experienced, trustworthy nursing home abuse lawyer at The Travis Law Firm
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
When you entrusted the welfare of your elderly loved one to professional caregivers, you had every right to expect that he or she would be treated with respect and dignity. If you suspect that your loved one has instead been met with neglect and abuse, the nursing home abuse attorneys of The Travis Law Firm in Erie PA, Edinboro PA and Warren PA can help.