Nursing Home Negligence

Holding Abusive Caretakers Accountable

Nursing home residents have the right to receive quality care from trained, experienced staff. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse – a type of elder abuse – is a serious problem in the United States. When nursing home employees violate the trust that is placed in them and abuse or neglect the people they are caring for, they should be held accountable for their wrongdoing. If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated, Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, can help you take legal action against abusers for their horrific behavior. Contact our Spanish- and Russian-speaking nursing home abuse attorneys, serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey, to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

The nursing home abuse attorneys of Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, represent victims of the following types of abuse:

Physical Abuse: Bodily injury caused by violence and force, including striking, beating, pushing, or shaking. Physical abuse includes inappropriately restraining or confining a resident, as well as force-feeding techniques or the improper use of medication.

Emotional Abuse: Infliction of psychological distress or trauma. Emotional abuse includes verbal assault, threats, insults, intimidation, and harassment.

Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. Sexual abuse includes rape, touching, groping, and forcing the resident to undress or watch pornographic materials.

Neglect: Failure to provide basic care, such as food, water, medicine, and hygiene.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

It can be difficult to detect signs of abuse, especially if you are not in frequent contact with your loved one. Here are some signs of abuse to look for:

  • Bruises, fractures, lacerations
  • Other unexplained injuries
  • Poor hygiene
  • Bed sores
  • Negative demeanor – e.g., upset, agitated, withdrawn, or non-communicative behavior
  • A desire to be isolated from others

What Should I Do If I Suspect Abuse?

If you believe a loved one is being abused, you should immediately take steps to safeguard his or her welfare. Contact the local police to intervene. Once your loved one is out of immediate danger, file a complaint against the nursing home with the appropriate state health department. Then, file a report with Adult Protective Services in the county where the victim lives.  After you’ve spoken with the proper authorities, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys of Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, to discuss your case.

Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you suspect a loved one is being abused in a nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys of Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, at our New Jersey and Pennsylvania offices. As experts in nursing home abuse cases, we will evaluate the circumstances of your case, and advise you as to your best course of legal action.