Moving a loved one into a nursing home can be an agonizing decision, even if it is what’s best for them. Unfortunately, not everyone who works in or operates these facilities is diligent in providing your loved ones the care they deserve. This can lead to residents suffering severe and inexcusable harm.
If your family member was mistreated in their assisted living facility, speak with a Lewisburg nursing home abuse lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers as soon as possible. These cases can be legally and emotionally difficult to navigate, but our seasoned attorneys know how to fight for your family and hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions. For example, Attorney Ryan Michaleski spent over a decade as a defense attorney in nursing home abuse and neglect matters.
Led by Founding Partner Jon Ostroff, our firm recently resolved a local case for a substantial and confidential amount on behalf of the family of an elderly woman that suffered a fatal fall due to deficient lighting in her nursing home room. We are also skilled at recovering for the intentional mistreatment and abuse of vulnerable nursing home residents. Whether a nursing home neglected or is abusing your loved one, we are prepared to provide you and your family with the skilled representation you deserve.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Part of what makes nursing home abuse challenging to identify is that nursing home residents are vulnerable to mistreatment. People with physical and/or mental disabilities often cannot resist abuse or protect themselves from neglect. Victims may fear worse mistreatment if they report what’s happening to them.
Because of this, it is crucial for you and your family members to know what nursing home abuse can look like and remain alert for any warning signs. Symptoms that might indicate mistreatment inside a facility include:
- Persistent small injuries like cuts and bruises that staff members cannot or refuse to explain
- Bruising and abrasions around the wrists and ankles that may have been caused by improper use of restraints
- Yellowed fingernails, dry skin, dramatic weight loss, or any other signs of dehydration or poor nutrition
- Sudden changes in a resident’s mood or personality, especially if they happen mostly around a particular staff member
- Regression to childlike behaviors like thumb-sucking
- Refusal by staff members to let residents be alone with visitors
Your Lewisburg nursing home abuse attorney can discuss a particular situation with you during a private meeting and offer guidance about taking further action.
Filing Suit Over Mistreatment of a Nursing Home Resident
If a nursing home resident was abused, neglected, or mistreated in any other way, they—or family members working on their behalf—can sue for every form of harm directly stemming from the mistreatment. This could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Medical bills
If a resident passes away prematurely due to nursing home abuse, our Lewisburg lawyers can help surviving family members demand money for various wrongful death losses.
Call a Seasoned Lewisburg Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Abuse in nursing homes or other assisted living facilities is unacceptable. If anyone in your family has been hurt or passed away because of this kind of mistreatment, work with an attorney to enforce your legal rights and prevent future abuse.
Once hired, your experienced Lewisburg nursing home abuse lawyer will work tirelessly for the payment your family deserves. You will not owe us anything until we recover compensation on your behalf, so give us a call for a free consultation today.