Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers & Elder Abuse Lawyers

Many elderly residents require additional assistance as they grow older. Unfortunately, too many of them fall victim to elder abuse in a nursing home. Our Philadelphia nursing home attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell can assist your family in cases of nursing home neglect or abuse. Negligence or reckless actions by workers at nursing homes can result in bedsores, injuries due to falls, dehydration and malnutrition among patients. 

Neglect and inadequate medical care can risk the health and safety of the residents in the facility. From the failure to treat serious staph infections or pressure ulcers to the failure to respond to calls for help, negligence at a residential care or skilled nursing facility can end in tragedy for families of elder abuse victims. If you or a family member has suffered from abuse at a short or long term care facility, contact our team of personal injury lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116.

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When is a Nursing Home Liable for Elder Abuse and Neglect?

If it can be demonstrated that a nursing home or its employees have acted negligently, they may be held liable for any resulting damages. The following may be grounds for filing a nursing home abuse claim:

  • Aspiration and choking events
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Elopement (wandering)
  • Falls and lack of fall protection
  • Infections (failure to diagnose and treat)
  • Medical errors
  • Mismanaged diabetes
  • Pressure wounds and bed sores
  • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
  • Transportation errors
  • Unexplained injury or death

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of nursing home abuse can sometimes be dismissed (as indicators of old age or dementia). It’s important that loved ones recognize the signs of mistreatment. Below are examples of nursing home abuse warning signs.

  • Bedsores
  • Bruises, bleeding, cuts
  • Dehydration and malnutrition 
  • Unexplained diseases or infections
  • Bills left unpaid by the elder
  • Changes in the elder’s will and/or power of attorney
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