Conshohocken Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
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If an elderly loved one was injured by the negligent actions of a nursing home caregiver in Pennsylvania, the law firm of Jacobs & Fishman may be able to help. With over 80 years of combined experience representing seniors and their families, our skilled attorneys know how to hold negligent individuals and companies accountable for your loved one’s injuries. To learn more about whether you have a case in a free, confidential consultation, contact our Conshohocken nursing home abuse lawyers online, or call Jacobs & Fishman, P.C. at (610) 941-4250 today.
Elder Abuse Statistics
Data from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) suggests that a significant portion of people age 60 or older have experienced some form of abuse in recent years. According to the NCJRS’ 2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Fact Sheet, direct medical care stemming from elder abuse costs more than $5.3 billion annually in the United States. Sadly, only one in every 24 senior abuse cases are reported to law enforcement.
Furthermore, the NCJRS’ fact sheet also revealed elder abuse increases the chances of death, injury, and illnesses. According to data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2008, one in 10 seniors reported sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse Claims Our Lawyers Handle
When we put the care of our loved ones into the hands of nursing home staff, we expect them to be treated in a dignified, compassionate, and respectful way. However, the reality is that thousands of senior citizens are abused in the United States every year. Despite efforts to eliminate elder abuse, negligent nursing homes, their staff, and service providers continue harming innocent seniors. Handling cases throughout the Conshohocken area, our skilled nursing home negligence lawyers assist seniors and their families with all types of claims against Pennsylvania care facilities, including claims that involve elder financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglectful care.
There are situations where caregivers may take advantage of unsuspecting seniors to exploit them financially. Often, economic exploitation includes stealing directly from the senior or by withdrawing money from their bank account.
Physical abuse occurs when a staff member intentionally inflicts bodily harm on a nursing home resident. Physical abuse can result in extremely serious, potentially fatal injuries, including bone fractures (broken bones), back injuries, head or brain injuries, deep bruising, cuts and bleeding, and organ failure or death.
Sexual abuse occurs when an employee engages in improper sexual conduct with a resident. This includes sexual exploitation, forced sexual relations, and sexual harassment.
Elderly citizens can experience mental abuse from staff members by being shamed, humiliated, threatened, intimidated, and criticized. One of the most common ways to identify potential psychological damage is recognizing changes in a senior’s behavioral patterns, such as unusual aggression, fear, depression, or other changes in mood.
Neglect often happens as a result of negligence from nursing homes and their employees. If residents don’t receive medication, water, and nutritious food, they can suffer from dehydration, malnutrition, infections, and illnesses.
Our aggressive, skilled, and knowledgeable lawyers handle other types of nursing home abuse cases. Therefore, if your loved one was hurt by the careless, negligent actions of a nursing home, we may be able to help.
Can You File a Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home in Pennsylvania?
Many nursing home abuse cases are based on negligence. You can hold the liable parties accountable for your loved one’s injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit. As a plaintiff in a negligence lawsuit, you have the burden to show that:
- The defendant owed the nursing home resident a duty of care.
- The defendant breached his or her duty of care.
- The breach of duty caused the resident harm.
- The resident suffered damages, such as injuries or financial losses.
You may be able to receive compensation for things such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Furthermore, if the actions of the other parties were found to be exceptionally extreme or malicious, you could be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages exist as a way to punish the negligent parties and deter others from acting the same way in the future.
You should keep in mind the state of Pennsylvania has established a time limit to file your personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you are submitting a personal injury lawsuit, you must do so within two years from the date the injury occurred. Our skilled personal injury lawyers can help you navigate through the entire process.
Conshohocken Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys for Seniors
If you or a loved one suffered physical or psychological injuries at a nursing home in the Conshohocken area, we may be able to help. Dealing with a physical and mental wound is something can be a lengthy and challenging process. However, you don’t have to go through this trying time alone. Our Conshohocken personal injury lawyers have the experience, knowledge, and skill to hold abusive and neglectful caregivers accountable for your injuries. To learn more about your potential claim in a free, confidential consultation, call Jacobs & Fishman, P.C. at (610) 941-4250 today, or contact us online.