Fighting for Justice on Our Clients’ Behalf Since 1922
Nursing home abuse is criminally underreported nationwide. Recent reports show that up to 1 in 4 cases of neglect or sexual or physical abuse in a nursing home went unreported. With a shrinking number of people who are qualified to take care of elderly patients in nursing home settings, and corporations increasingly taking over operations of such facilities, it has become harder and harder to verify that safety can be assured.
In a bid to maximize profit, staff can be cut back and individuals who lack the necessary skill set are increasingly being hired because they’re willing to accept lower salaries. That's a recipe for disaster, and it's why the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP want to help those who have been harmed by their nursing homes or caretakers.
Since 1922, our personal injury firm has assisted persons who have been injured due to neglect or negligence. Call (888) 498-3023 for more information about your legal options.
The Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse
Vigilance is the most important thing as you begin investigating your loved one's care. Common signs of neglect or abuse are easy to confuse with other causes—for example, moodiness is both a sign of physical abuse and dementia. However, other signs of care (like cleanliness) are obvious symptoms of neglect.
Common signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Lice, fleas, or dirt in residence
- Bruises on the buttocks or groin
- Foul odor or smell of waste
- Untreated cuts or wounds
- Sudden increase in sedation
If policies at the nursing home don't allow you to see your loved one alone (or they do not seem at ease or able to speak freely), that is also a compelling red flag. If you perceive any potential mistreatment, complain as soon as possible to the management—if treatment gets worse, remove your loved one from the nursing home.
Pennsylvania Bedsores Attorney
Bedsores are one of the surest signs of neglect and are a type of abuse unto themselves. Also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, bedsores are wounds that are formed when someone has been lying in the same position for weeks at a time. Bedsores are potentially life-threatening wounds that eat away at the deep tissue of the flesh, causing serious injury to elderly victims.
The stages of a bedsore are four-fold:
- Stage 1: Red mark on the skin
- Stage 2: Blister or sore
- Stage 3: Deep purple bruise (soft to the touch)
- Stage 4: Open wound (life-threatening)
Catching the signs of a bedsore early is vital to protecting your loved one's long-term health. If your loved one has contracted a bedsore of any kind, do not hesitate: take them out of the nursing home immediately and call our elder abuse lawyers in Harrisburg as soon as possible.
Recovering from Nursing Home Neglect
Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC does not back down from holding these parties responsible. Several local nursing homes are currently facing litigation filed by our law firm for acts of neglect and abuse. The Pennsylvania Attorney General is also involved in the investigation. Our work has ensured that our elderly clients will be able to afford high-quality, loving care that they should have received in the first place.
Nursing home abuse claims can help victims recover damages including:
- Mental and emotional harm
- Financial losses from fraud or extortion
- Cost of medical treatment
- Cost of care necessitated by the abuse
- Punitive damages
Following the discovery of abuse, victims are entitled to receive financial damages from those who have inflicted harm. Whether it be a staff member who abused their status within the care facility or a relative who used scare tactics or outright lies to take advantage of powers of attorney, the victim deserves recompense for what they’ve been put through.
Helping the Injured in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Carlisle, Hanover, & York
Have you or a loved one suffered nursing home abuse? If so, realize that you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 240,000 instances of elder abuse take place every single year in the U.S. Victims of elder abuse, even when they're eventually rescued, are three times more likely to die within a few years. These crimes have a real and devastating effect on victims, and recovering from abuse shouldn't cost the victims a single penny.
Those who have been put in such a terrible situation deserve a lawyer they can trust, who will fight for them to recover emotionally and financially.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, we believe those who were afflicted by nursing home abuse deserve someone who will both protect their legal rights and provide frequent answers about what’s going on with their case. Since the mobility of victims of this type of incident can often be compromised, we will come to you when the circumstances require a face-to-face meeting. We’re committed to our clients, and we’ll do whatever we can within the means of the law to help you.
Contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC immediately for a free case evaluation.