Nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania is a tragic cause of injury and death for vulnerable residents. According to the World Health Organization website in 2021, 67% of nursing home staff reported that they had committed abuse in the past year. Sadly, early evidence appears to indicate that abuse has increased in institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical, psychological, financial, neglect, and sexual abuse are all types of nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania.
Abuse occurs when nursing home staff hurt residents in their care. This harm may be intentional or unintentional. Consequence of nursing home abuse include physical trauma, emotional suffering, medical emergencies, or even a wrongful death.
Understaffing, improper training and staff burnout all contribute to nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania. These factors provoke staff members act abusively towards residents and sometimes keep them from responding to resident needs or urgent situations.
Fortunately, you can act against nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania. First, ensure resident safety by reporting any suspicion of abuse to the police and Adult Protective Services. If abuse is not reported, it is likely to continue to happen toward your loved one, or to other residents. A lawyer can be an important advocate and help seek compensation for injuries sustained from abuse. It’s important to speak up about abuse so that healing can start, and justice can be sought.
Residents who are victims of nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. An attorney an seek payments for medical costs that were incurred due to the abuse. For example, a resident who sustained a broken leg may be able to get their hospital bills paid. Additional compensation may be available for pain and suffering of the victim. If a resident died due to abuse, the lawyer can help to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.