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Nursing home abuse alleged

It began as a normal day, with a man going to a nursing home to bring his mother breakfast. What he was told there was anything but normal, however.

The man called his sister that morning to tell her that he had been informed by the nursing home that it was believed their mother had been abused. Law enforcement officials were called to investigate the alleged nursing home abuse and an investigation was launched.

A separate inspection report stated that the nursing home "failed to ensure residents were protected from physical abuse." The report noted that two residents said they had been abused by the same nurse's aide.

The facility self-reported the incident allegedly involving the man's mother. Their report indicated that the woman appeared to have been injured after receiving care from that same nurse's aide.

The resident's shirt was torn and bloodied, and on the floor of her room they found a bloody pillow case as well.

The man's mother said the nurse's aide punched her repeatedly in the face, punched her in the stomach, hit her head on the bed rails and poured water on her. The aide also apparently threatened that there would more violence in the future.

Co-workers apparently observed that the aide's tank top that day had blood on it and that she was disheveled. The facility fired the aide that same day.

While many will commend the facility for acting quickly to remove the threat of future violent incidents from that person, others will point out that the firing of the aide does not undo the damage done to the elderly resident.

In similar situations, a Pittsburgh attorney experienced in nursing home negligence and abuse can help families protect their loved ones.

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