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Nursing home abuse results in Pennsylvania resident's death

Many people with elderly relatives, Pennsylvania residents being no exception, know the struggles that can accompany the decision on how to best care for those loved ones. When a family is no longer able to provide the proper care for an aging relative, the decision may be made to admit that relative to a nursing home. The general purpose of this decision is usually to have peace of mind in knowing that loved ones are being cared for in the best way possible. Unfortunately, in some facilities, nursing home abuse does occur.

Nursing home abuse is most often thought of as the result of actions or inaction of staff members. However, other residents of such facilities can also initiate abuse. At Weatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania, an 85-year-old resident died after allegedly being pushed by another resident. The deceased received a head injury as a result of the incident and was rushed to the hospital. She reportedly died six hours later.

There is an on-going investigation into the events leading up to and causing the death of the resident. Pennsylvania police and investigators are looking into the possibility of filing charges. Though the death was reportedly the result of head trauma received after another resident's push, nursing and rehabilitation centers involved in cases such as this incident could end up with allegations of nursing home abuse, negligence, or other similar charges should it be found that any supervision procedures or other protocols set in place for the well-being of the residents were not followed.

The victim's family may check into how procedures were handled concerning the incident. Nursing home abuse and negligence are serious charges that could escalate to a wrongful death case against the facility when evidence suggests that the fatality was caused by the negligence of the nursing home or one of its employees. In circumstances where a lack of appropriate supervision, or a failure to administer medications or appropriately follow a patient's prescribed treatment plan, causes or contributes to an incident involving serious injury or death to a patient, Pennsylvania's civil court system is prepared to adjudicate claims for monetary damages occasioned by wrongful conduct.

Source:, "Prosecutors, state police continue probe of nursing home death," Jill Whalen, May 4, 2013

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