Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania nursing home abuse occurs more often than many people realize. According to the ​​National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), approximately one in 10 seniors in the United States has experienced some form of abuse.

When it is your loved one, you have options to fight back.

A nursing home abuse lawyer from TopDog Law can assess your case and help you understand your legal options for getting justice on your loved one’s behalf. Contact our team today to discuss nursing home residents’ rights with our team for free. 

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Why Choose TopDog Law as Your Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?

At TopDog Law, we understand how frustrating and infuriating it is to realize someone has harmed or taken advantage of your aging relative. This is especially true when they have a cognitive or physical impairment that prevents them from defending themselves. 

Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help families hold abusive or negligent nursing facilities accountable and recover compensation for residents who endured unnecessary pain and suffering. 

We have three offices across Pennsylvania: 

  • Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania: (484) 330-8728
  • Philadelphia: (214) 544-3707
  • Springfield, Pennsylvania: (610) 227-6055

We also handle nursing home abuse cases nationwide. Call us today for your free case review. Our team provides free initial case consultations. You can talk to a knowledgeable team member about your loved one’s potential abuse case now. 

When you choose us to represent your family, we will do so based on contingency. There are no upfront fees or costs for our nursing home abuse clients. Instead, our fees come from the money we recover for victims in these cases. You only pay if we win.

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How Will a Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Get Justice for My Loved One?

Our nursing home abuse lawyers get justice for nursing home abuse victims by pursuing and recovering damages. These damages vary depending on the circumstances of the abuse and the extent of harm that occurred. 

Some common types of damages recovered in these cases include:

  1. Medical Expenses: This includes any costs related to treating injuries resulting from the abuse, such as hospital bills, medication expenses, therapy, rehabilitation, etc.
  2. Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by the abuse.
  3. Disfigurement or Disability: If the abuse resulted in new permanent disfigurements or disabilities, damages may compensate for the effect on your loved one’s quality of life.
  4. Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Compensation for the loss of ability to enjoy their favorite activities because of the abuse.
  5. Wrongful Death Damages: If your loved one dies because of abuse or neglect, you may seek damages for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other damages.

Our nursing home abuse attorneys will assess the specifics of your case and identify the potential damages. We will provide guidance on the legal options available and help navigate the civil courts to seek justice for your loved one.

Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Know How to Identify Abuse in a Pennsylvania Facility

Nursing home abuse and neglect take various forms. Unfortunately, they all occur in Pennsylvania long-term care facilities, as in any other state. Our attorneys see these reports regularly and know how to determine if abuse occurred.

Some common types of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Physical Abuse: This includes hitting, pushing, restraining, or otherwise physically harming a resident. Signs may include unexplained bruises, broken bones, or other injuries.
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse: This can involve verbal insults, threats, intimidation, or isolation, leading to emotional distress or mental anguish in the resident. Signs may include changes in behavior, withdrawal, or depression.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any form of non-consensual sexual contact or behavior toward a resident. Signs may include unexplained injuries to the genital area, sexually transmitted infections, or sudden changes in behavior. It is important to note that patients cannot consent to sexual contact with nursing home staff. 
  • Neglect: Failure to provide adequate care, including basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, hygiene, and medical attention. Signs may include malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, untreated medical conditions, or bedsores (pressure ulcers).
  • Financial Exploitation: Unauthorized or improper use of a resident’s funds, property, or assets. This can include theft, coercion, fraud, or other forms of financial abuse.
  • Medication Errors: Administering the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, or failing to provide necessary medication to residents.
  • Abandonment: Desertion of a resident by staff or caregivers, leaving them without necessary care and support.
  • Violation of Rights: This can include restrictions on freedom, privacy, or autonomy and failure to respect residents’ rights under state and federal laws.

Family members and loved ones must be vigilant for signs of abuse or neglect in long-term care facilities. When loved ones suspect abuse or neglect, it’s crucial to contact law enforcement, adult protective services, or a qualified attorney who can investigate the situation and take appropriate legal action to protect the resident’s rights and well-being.

In Pennsylvania, you can report potential abuse through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging on the agency’s website or by calling 1-800-490-8505. If a resident is in immediate danger, call 911. Once reported, contact our team for your free consultation.

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Our Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help Your Family Navigate the Process

Here’s the process you can expect when you call our team about your loved one’s possible abuse or neglect: 

Consultation With an Attorney

The first step in getting justice is your consultation with our team. You will speak with someone knowledgeable about nursing home abuse cases who can assess your options. During this initial meeting, our attorney will review the details of the situation and discuss possible ways to hold the nursing home accountable.

Filing the Case

If there are grounds for a civil lawsuit, we will file a complaint in the appropriate court. This complaint outlines the allegations against the nursing home and seeks compensation for damages.

Investigating the Abuse

Whether we hope to negotiate or litigate the case, we must gather compelling evidence during discovery. During this time, we exchange information and evidence relevant to the case. This includes documents, medical records, witness statements, and depositions. Sometimes, we obtain video of the incident or photographs of injuries.

Settlement Negotiations

Frequently, our Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers negotiate or mediate a fair settlement in these cases. This allows families to avoid the time and expense of a trial while still providing compensation and accountability.


If a settlement is not possible, the case proceeds to trial. During the trial, each side presents evidence, witnesses, and legal arguments to the judge or jury. This process results in a verdict determining liability and damages.

Throughout this process, our nursing home abuse lawyer will advocate for your loved one’s rights and fight to hold the nursing home accountable. Since civil cases have a lower burden of proof than criminal cases, it may be possible for us to establish liability and win even if there are no criminal convictions in the case.

Discuss Your Loved One’s Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse With Our Team Today

TopDog Law provides free consultations for nursing home abuse victims and their families. Our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers can assess your case and explain your options. Let’s talk about how we can get justice for your loved one today. 

Contact us online or via phone to get started.

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