Pittsburgh Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Millions of Americans rely on nursing homes to keep their loved ones safe and healthy in their older age. However, you need to secure a Pittsburgh nursing home abuse attorney if your loved one has been mistreated or neglected.

At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to get to work. If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, we will investigate and move to secure the compensation you deserve.

This is completely unacceptable behavior

There is a lack of research when it comes to elder abuse in the United States, but nearly every safety and watchdog agency agrees that it is prevalent. While most nursing homes and staff do their jobs well and with compassion, elder abuse occurs with alarming regularity.

The Centers for Disease Control says that elder abuse is “an act or failure to act that causes or creates risk of harm to an older adult.” Elder abuse takes many forms and includes:

  • Physical Abuse: This includes slapping, punching, shoving, pushing, burning, or any other act that intentionally causes pain or discomfort for an older adult.
  • Sexual Abuse: This is an unthinkable form of physical abuse and includes any sexual contact between an elderly resident with staff or volunteers at a nursing home.
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse: This can happen in both verbal and nonverbal forms. This abuse is meant to inflict distress, mental pain, and fear in nursing home residents and can include property destruction, name-calling, intimidation, isolation, and more.
  • Neglect: Everyone deserves to have their basic needs met. This includes food, water, hygiene, clothing, and medical care. When nursing home staff fails to meet their residents’ needs, they are committing abuse.
  • Financial Abuse: Nursing home staff and management have access to residents’ money and personal information. Stealing from residents is a form of abuse.

What can you do to prevent this abuse?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be sure to visit as often as possible. When you do visit, you need to look for certain signs and symptoms of the abuses discussed above. This includes:

  • Unexplained marks, bruises, cuts, or scrapes
  • Dirty clothes, linens, and resident rooms
  • Changes in behavior and withdrawn behavior

If you notice any of these, particularly signs of physical or sexual abuse, get the police involved and work to remove your loved one from a dangerous situation.

Your next steps moving forward

If you discover that your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. This kind of behavior is never okay. The knowledgeable and experienced team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman will get to work investigating your case today. The goal is to secure the compensation you and your loved one deserve for what has happened, including:

  • Coverage for medical expenses related to the abuse
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Relocation expenses
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

When you need a Pittsburgh nursing home abuse lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-988-9467.