Nursing Home Abuse
Placing a family member in a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions a family can make. Worrying every day about your loved one’s comfort and safety shouldn’t compound the matter.
What Does Nursing Home Abuse Look Like?
Neglect and abuse in nursing homes can take on a number of forms. Abuse may range from:
- Neglect, leading to bedsores and infections
- Lack of supervision and accidental injuries, including falls and burns
- Medication errors or delayed or insufficient medical treatment
- Verbal and emotional abuse, which can result in withdrawal and depression
- Physical abuse such as unnecessary restraints, slapping, hitting, pinching and pushing
- Sexual abuse, including rape
Neglect may be unintentional, such as late medications, insufficient hydration, or bedsores from too much inactivity. Abuse can also be intentional and life-threatening, like starvation or complete deprivation of necessary medications.
Nursing home staff aren’t the only ones who perpetrate abuse. Other residents may also —intentionally or due to their own disabilities — commit acts of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Without sufficient supervision, patients may be unable to escape these abusers.
How PCVA Can Help
If you are concerned about the care your loved one is receiving in a nursing home, PCVA’s attorneys can help you evaluate the situation and understand your legal options. Our team of lawyers are experienced in taking on individuals, institutions and government agencies to deliver justice for victims.