The physical abuse of the elderly and infirmed inside of a nursing home is abhorrent. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is much more common than most people realize. At the Weitz Firm, our team is here to help if you need a Philadelphia nursing home physical abuse attorney by your side. If you have discovered that your loved one has been a physical abuse victim inside of an assisted living facility, let us get to work investigating your case today. Our goal is to secure compensation and closure for your loved one.

What constitutes physical abuse in a nursing home?

Data available from the National Council on Aging shows us that approximately 5 million elderly people are abused each year in this country. This data indicates that nearly 10% of all Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. A significant amount of this abuse takes place inside of nursing homes throughout the country.

Physical abuse in a nursing home can occur in a number of ways and generally includes any of the following:

  • Punching
  • Pushing
  • Burning
  • Scratching
  • Biting
  • Slapping
  • Inappropriate use of restraints
  • Unnecessary force when moving a resident
  • Using too much force when bathing or dressing

There could be various perpetrators of abuse inside of a nursing home, including nursing home employees, nursing home volunteers, and other residents inside the nursing home.

Are there are signs and symptoms loved ones can look out for?

Family members and friends that visit loved ones in nursing homes need to be vigilant and look out for various signs and symptoms that physical abuse may be occurring. Some of the most common signs of physical abuse inside of a nursing home in Philadelphia include the following:

  • Unexplained bruises or cuts that occur frequently
  • Multicolor or “wrap around” bruises that seem to encircle a patient’s arms
  • Unexplained broken bones
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Hair or tooth loss
  • Cigarette burns, scalding burns, or other type of burn
  • Abrasions that resemble injuries from straps
  • Internal injuries masked as general pain

Family members and friends should also be aware that this type of abuse can alter a person’s behavior and personality. They need to be on the lookout for signs of altered behavior or mental states such as depression, rapid mood swings, fear around certain caregivers, etc.

Call our Philadelphia medical malpractice team for a free consultation today

If you discover that your loved one has been the victim of physical abuse inside of a nursing home in the Philadelphia area, contact the Weitz Firm as soon as possible. Our qualified lawyers have extensive experience handling complicated nursing home abuse cases. We pledge to fully investigate every aspect of your case so we can obtain the compensation your loved one deserves. This can include:

  • Coverage of any medical bills related to the abuse
  • Compensation to relocate to a new facility
  • Reimbursement of the cost of the current facility
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the nursing home or the abuser

When you need a Philadelphia nursing home physical abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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