Nursing home abuse sadly is a growing trend in the United States, with millions of older Americans living in nursing homes today. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services set strict regulations for nursing homes. Despite regulations, it is not unusual for nursing home staff to take advantage of the residents’ vulnerability. At Metzger Wickersham we have a Personal Injury Lawyer in Harrisburg that can discuss the matter with you. Elder abuse can also occur outside of nursing homes and be committed by a victim’s family members.
Abuse in nursing homes can take many forms. The abuse primarily is an act or oversight by a caregiver or professional staff member that causes harm to a nursing home resident. The abuse sometimes can result in wrongful death. Nursing home abuse can be a criminal act.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse can be:
– Physical or sexual abuse
– Neglect to provide necessary care, food, water, medicine, clothing or necessities for living
– Unsanitary and unclean conditions
– Failure to monitor
– Emotional abuse such as threats, humiliation, verbal assault and isolation
– Abuse of court-appointed roles such as guardianship or power of attorney
Nursing home abuse and neglect may be difficult to prove, because in many cases the victim has lost the ability to describe the abuse or ask for help. At Metzger Wickersham we have an onsite Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Harrisburg that can help. Family members should be aware of signs of abuse and neglect, such as:
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