Nursing Home Abuse
We Protect The Elderly
Flaherty Fardo takes extreme pride in its efforts to stop elder neglect in Allegheny County, PA.
In our region of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the 85-and-older age group has reached a record high of more than 50,000, a 41 percent increase since the beginning of the decade.
When we prosecute these cases, we demand justice for the elderly, and work hard to maximize recover for both the elderly and their family.
Any of the following types of elder abuse and neglect might result in a lawsuit:
- unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures,
- unexplained infection or bleeding,
- sudden changes in behavior,
- staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor,
- over-medication or medication errors,
- loss of resident’s possessions, and/or
- sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking.
Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing home abuse and elder neglect can take many forms. Although federal and state laws generally require that nursing homes develop a responsible plan of care and employ enough staff to provide quality care in all areas of the care plan, they often fall short. As a result, residents are not taken care of the way they should be and unfortunately, some elderly are still abused in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
Nursing home abuse and elder neglect can fall into the categories of either:
- mental / emotional abuse (for example, depression, withdrawal, behavioral change, disorientation, confusion)
- physical abuse (such as wounds, burns, bruises, welts, broken bones, inexplicable weight loss, dehydration, unexplained injuries), and/or
- financial abuse (e.g., stolen money or property) Most states define neglect in a nursing home setting as the failure to provide residents with services that are essential to health and safety, such as sufficient food, shelter, clothing, supervision, and medical care.
If you believe a loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, it is important to document the incident as soon as possible. An incident report should be filed with the health care provider, local police and/or state agencies (depending upon the severity).
Our representation for all personal injury cases is based on a contingent fee structure. There is absolutely no fee unless we obtain monetary recovery. We advance 100% the costs and are only reimbursed from the client’s share if we are successful.