Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is a serious health and legal issue that cannot be overlooked or set aside. At
Laynas & Georges, P.C., our Philadelphia
injury attorneys believe that it is a concern so pressing that it requires close
and careful attention. We truly want to do all we can to help prevent
and stop nursing home abuse to elders wherever it may be occurring, so
we have created this page about what to do if you suspect one of your
elders is being harmed through negligence or intentional wrongdoing.
If you have any additional questions, or if you need our legal advocacy
right away, please do not hesitate to call 215.987.3332 and tell us what
is going on in a
free case evaluation.
Step 1 – Identify the Issue
For everything that can go right in a nursing home, something else can
go wrong. Abuse and neglect can come in so many forms; it is critical
that you keep an eye on multiple facets of your elder’s daily life
and health at once. In most cases, they do not have the ability to report
the problem themselves, and it relies on their loved ones to take action
on their behalf.
Remember the usual signs of nursing home abuse, such as:
- Mood swings
- Filthy living conditions
Step 2 – Speak to Your Elder
Some problems might only appear to be a major issue on the surface, and
there could be reasonable explanations for problems. If your elder has
the capacity to clearly speak their mind to you, try to get them to sit
and talk with you awhile and bring up your concerns about potential abuse.
You will have to judge their reactions and statements carefully, though,
as an abusive nurse or attendant may have intimidated them to hide their worries.
Step 3 – Notify Management
For some signs of nursing home abuse, such as bedsores, the solution could
be as easy as notifying the management that additional care or attention
needs to be provided to your elder. As a word of caution, though, speaking
to management might not be the correct course of action, as it could provide
them an opportunity to cover up their wrongdoing. Always speak to your
attorney first if you believe foul play could be afoot.
Step 4 – Tell the Authorities
Severe and rare cases of nursing home abuse may require the immediate attention
of the authorities to correct. Be careful not to be too accusing if you
do not have solid evidence of criminal neglect or wrongdoing, as you do
not want to be accused of slander or false accusations. Again, you should
retain the help of a professional lawyer first if you have any hesitation.
Call 215.987.3332 for Compassionate and Powerful Legal Advocacy
Time is certainly of the essence when it comes to nursing home abuse cases.
Your elder could be unduly suffering and have no way of improving their
situation for themselves. To get them into a better place, and to secure
compensation for the abuse they have experienced, you may need to bring
legal action against the nursing home. To do so with a team that has 30+
years of experience and an impressive AV® Preeminent™ Rating
contact our Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer today.