Physical Abuse in Pennsylvania Nursing Homes

Date: June 29, 2021

Physical abuse in nursing homes can occur when employees deliberately inflict harm upon residents such as hitting, kicking and pushing. This is the most prominent type of abuse found in nursing homes, and it is a very serious matter because residents can face life-altering injuries and trauma. For example, in 2020, an article published by the Citizen’s Voice reported that a nursing home located in Kingston, Pennsylvania was faced with a lawsuit after a resident claimed to have been abused by a nurse’s aide while trying to use a bedpan only days after her admittance. Because of this incident, the resident suffered acute injuries such as broken ribs and serious bruising. After investigation of this incident by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services, the nursing home was charged with a $48,084 fine, which the article’s author, Bob Kalinowski, reports to be “the second highest fine in Luzerne County history.”

Looking for and Preventing Signs of Physical Abuse

Next time you visit your loved ones residing at a nursing home facility look for common signs of physical abuse such as those posted on nursinghomeabuse.org (ex: bruising, broken bones, burns, cuts, malnutrition, and head or dental injuries). In order to prevent physical abuse, please inform your loved ones of these common signs and ask them if they have been receiving proper care at their nursing home facility. In addition,  authorities should be notified if physical abuse against a resident has taken place.

Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm

If you or a loved one has experienced physical abuse at a nursing home facility please do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled trial lawyers at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP. Remember: Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Works Cited

Kalinowski, Bob. “Kingston nursing home sued over alleged abuse.” The Citizens’ Voice, 27 January 2020, https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/kingston-nursing-home-sued-over-alleged-abuse/article_6de9ae86-6ed7-5135-9d48-6afaacac3b37.html. Accessed 22 June 2021.

“Physical Abuse.” Nursing Home Abuse Guide.org, https://www.nursinghomeabuseguide.org/physical-abuse/. Accessed 22 June 2021.

“What is Nursing Home Abuse?” Nursing Home Abuse Justice, 2021, https://www.nursinghomeabuse.org/nursing-home-abuse/. Accessed 22 June 2021.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP