As our close relatives age, they require special care and treatment to ensure that both their health and their quality of life remains suitable. Because many of us are unable to provide for them in the ways they need and deserve, we rely on the guarantees of nursing homes to ensure that our aging loved ones receive the necessary care to which they are entitled.
As caretakers of our elderly, nursing homes are required to exercise a certain level of care in the way they provide for, treat, and monitor all of their patients. Failure to do so can result in devastating injuries to their elderly patients, who are already in weakened conditions. Potential injuries resulting from nursing home abuse and neglect include: physical injuries, physical disfigurement, brain damage, mental anguish, severe depression, and even death. When nursing homes fail to exercise their necessary duty of care, they may be liable for any and all injuries that result from their negligence. Some types of nursing home abuse cases include, but are not limited to: neglect, bedsores, falls, malpractice, medication errors, malnutrition and dehydration, and abandonment. Because our aging loved ones live apart from us, and are already in a weak and frail condition, it may be difficult to determine if they are a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect. It is important to recognize and identify the warning signs of abuse and neglect. These warning signs include, but are not limited to: bad hygiene, frequent falls, bedsores, rapid weight loss, and multiple bruises.
If your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, you may be entitled to damages resulting from any injuries suffered. Such damages include: medical costs, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Because it can be difficult to determine whether or not your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable attorney with experience in this area. Chester County attorney, John P. Winicov, is well versed in this area of law and he will provide aggressive representation for you in any nursing home abuse and neglect case.