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What types of Erie Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases Do You Handle?

We handle all kinds of nursing home abuse and neglect cases in Erie, Pennsylvania. These cases usually involve one or more of the following:

Nursing Home Elder Abuse

Elder abuse refers to intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm, regardless of whether harm is intended, to an elderly person by a caregiver. Abuse includes failure by a caregiver to satisfy an elder’s basic needs—neglect.

Nursing Home Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers

Bedsores shouldn’t happen. We investigate to find answers for families when a nursing home allows a bedsore to worsen or kill their loved one.

Nursing Home Choking and Suffocation Deaths

Nursing home residents should never choke or suffocate in nursing homes. Choking and suffocation deaths in nursing home are preventable. Unfortunately, they do happen. And probably much more often than most people can imagine. Choking and suffocation continue to be leading causes of death in nursing homes.

Nursing Home Dehydration and Malnutrition

Nursing home dehydration and malnutrition are serious and deadly threats to older people.  When nursing homes are understaffed or careless with resident health, dehydration can set in all too quickly.

Nursing Home Falls and Drops

Nursing home residents are often frail, weak, and unstable. They need help moving from place-to-place or getting in and of bed.

Unfortunately, nursing homes continue to allow residents to fall and become injured. Fractures of large bones (like hips and femurs) often lead to death in the elderly.

Nursing Home Wandering Off (called Elopement)

Nursing homes need to protect their residents. Elderly people with memory problems sometimes wander off. This is called “elopement.”

Nursing homes are required to assess residents to prevent this from happening. Nursing homes must have precautions in place to prevent residents from wandering off. This includes having the appropriate amount of staff to monitor residents. Nursing homes must also place alarms on doors and respond to those alarms to stop residents before they are injured.

If residents are permitted to wander off they can be severely injured. There have been examples of residents freezing to death in cold, being struck by cars, and falling down stairs.

Nursing Home Sexual Assault

It should go without saying that sexual abuse anywhere, including in nursing homes, is a crime that must be eradicated from society. Disgustingly, every year we see nursing home sexual abuse cases make headlines.

These are frequently the result of corporate greed and incompetence refusing to do required background checks.

Nursing Home Wrongful Death

When a nursing home’s abuse and neglect causes injury, the injured resident has a personal injury case.  When that injury causes the resident’s death—whether immediately, or over time—the resident’s family has a case. It is called a “wrongful death” claim.

Nursing Home Medication Errors

Medication errors are one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths in nursing homes.

Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect

Assisted Living Facilities, called Residential Care Facilities in Pennsylvania, are not nursing homes, and are not as well-regulated as nursing homes.  That doesn’t mean someone injured or killed in a residential care facility has no claim.  But the types of claims, and how to pursue them, are different.

Where Do Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Cases Go to Trial?

Nursing home abuse and neglect cases in Erie go to trial at the Erie County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.

Erie County Courthouse
140 W. Sixth Street
Room 210
Erie, PA 16501
p. 814-451-6000

Courthouse with clock tower and gated parking lot
Nursing Home lawsuits in Erie County, PA go to trial in the Erie County Courthouse, where the Common Pleas Court operates.

Who are the Judges who will Preside over My Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Case?

There are 13 judges are sitting on the Erie County court of Common Pleas.

Judge Christopher MacKendrick

Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis

Judge Laurie A Mikielski

Judge Suzanne C. Mack

Judge Lisa R. Ferrick

Judge Scott B. Hammer

Judge Susan Strohmeyer

Judge Brian McGowan

Judge Denise M. Buell

Judge Tom Carney

Judge Bill Cole

Judge Timothy S. Beveridge

 Judge Paul Bizzarro

Who will be on the Jury in My Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Case?

The jury is made up of regular people who live in Erie County, Pennsylvania. A large group of people will receive a letter (called a summons) telling them to come to court for jury duty.

Not everyone who receives a summons will be on the jury. The entire group that comes to court is called the “jury pool.”

The lawyers and the judge then get to ask questions to see who will be a good fit for the case. Some people will not be chosen for a number of reasons. It could be that they know one of the people involved in the case or may be biased for some reason.

A total of 8 people will be on the jury. 6 of those 8 people will need to find in your favor to win your case. To learn more about Erie County jury duty click here.

Who Performs Autopsies in Erie County?

Autopsies are performed under the supervision of Coroner Lyell Cook. Lyell Cook is the Erie County Coroner. He has overseen more than 9,000 autopsies for Erie County and eleven other counties in Pennsylvania. Cook is a funeral home director and embalmer, he graduated from the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Academy, the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and Edinboro State College.

Coroner Lyell Cook can be contacted at the following address.

Coroner’s Office

Erie County Courthouse
140 West Sixth Street
Room 7
Erie, PA 16501

What Does the Erie County Coroner’s Office Do?

According to its website, the Erie County Coroner does all of the following.

The Erie County Coroner is an important part of the criminal and civil justice system. The website states that:

The Erie County Coroner’s Office:

  • Investigates 400 to 500 cases a year
  • Certifies more than 1,400 cremations a year
  • Employs a chief deputy, a full-time deputy and part-time deputies, a secretary, a forensic pathologist and several autopsy technicians.
  • Performs coroner’s autopsies for Erie and 11 other counties in northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Is involved in training for physicians, EMTs, firefighters, police and medical schools
  • Has adjunct staff from numerous forensic fields

The Coroner works with law enforcement agencies, attorneys, insurance companies, and the public in preparing cases for criminal or civil trial. The assistance provided by the Coroner may include conducting investigation of deaths by using records, x-rays, toxicology tests, and autopsies; helping with the recovery and identification of dead persons; determining date, time, and place of death; and being available for fact and expert testimony for trials.

What is the Erie County Coroner’s Mission Statement?

“The mission of the Coroner’s Office is to investigate sudden, unexplained, unnatural, suspicious or violent deaths so that the truth can be determined as to the cause and manner of death with medical certainty and scientific exactness for families, physicians, hospitals, courts, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and the community in general.”

Can I Report My Loved One’s Death to the Coroner?

Yes. If you believe that your loved one died under suspicious circumstances or because of abuse or neglect, you should report the death to the coroner.

You can report a death to the Erie County Coroner’s Office by following this link.

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What Types of Deaths Should Be Reported to the Coroner’s Office?

Most nursing home deaths that result in litigation are caused by accidental death or homicide.

Unfortunately, far too many primary care and other doctors choose not to alert the coroner or medical examiner after a person has died following trauma or other unusual circumstances, including after a nursing home resident falls.

When this occurs, it is important for the family to contact the coroner or medical examiner’s office as soon as possible. This can help ensure that the proper cause of death is given.

What Does It Mean to Probate An Estate?

The deceased person cannot file his own lawsuit.  Pennsylvania law has a process where all beneficiaries are represented in a single wrongful death lawsuit through the creation of an estate. Although each surviving member of a decedent’s immediate family may be entitled to receive monetary compensation, there is only one cause of action for the recovery of that compensation under Pennsylvania’s wrongful death statute.

Opening An Estate

The actual lawsuit is brought in the name of the representative of the estate for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse, children, parents, and other next-of-kin.  The estate is created by filing certain paperwork in the probate court.

The “estate” is nothing more than a legal process where the probate court oversees the business of the deceased (including where money is being sent and how or if debts are being paid) and the wrongful death claim that belongs to the family members.

The probate court will then issue paperwork entitling a specific person to serve as the representative of the estate.  The individual appointed by the probate court is the personal representative of the estate.  The personal representative is then required to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries of the estate.  The probate court must approve any wrongful death settlement.

Choosing A Personal Representative

Any competent adult person may serve as the personal representative of an estate.  In order to be appointed as a personal representative of an estate in Ohio, a person must meet 4 requirements.

  • Be at least 18 years of age (i.e., legally competent);
  • Be mentally competent;
  • Be bonded by a private insurance company; and
  • Not have a criminal record (in order to be bonded).

If the deceased dies with a will, the will sometimes waives the bond requirement.  Under those circumstances, in order to be appointed as the personal representative, the person must only meet the first two requirements, be over the age of 18 and be mentally competent.

Prior to appointing a personal representative of an estate, beneficiaries have the right to receive notice of the request and object to an applicant’s request to be the personal representative in a hearing.  If the beneficiaries do not object to a person being named a personal representative and he or she meets the legal requirements, he or she will usually be named the personal representative by the probate court.

There is no requirement that the personal representative be a beneficiary of the wrongful death claim, be a member of the family, or even have ever known the deceased person.  On certain occasions, a lawyer, bank official, or other neutral third-party may be appointed as the personal representative of the estate.  This may be the most desirable outcome if, for example, no family member can be bonded or there is family conflict that prevents all beneficiaries from agreeing on a single family member to serve as personal representative.

What does A Personal Representative Do?

In many ways, the personal representative acts like plaintiff in a traditional lawsuit.  The difference, however, is that the personal representative is not only making decisions that affect his or her own interests, but is making decisions that affect all beneficiaries of the wrongful death claim.

For example, the personal representative decides whether to file a lawsuit, who and when to sue, what lawyer to have represent the estate for court proceedings, and whether or not to settle the lawsuit, although the probate court must always approve the settlement before it can be finalized.

The personal representative often times has more contact with the lawyers representing the estate (although this is not always the case), is required to participate in certain stages of litigation after the lawsuit is filed called discovery, attends court hearings and pre-trials, and participates in settlement negotiations and mediations.

The personal representative is important because they have the power to choose which lawyer will protect all the beneficiaries’ interests.  This is an important decision.  The lawyer chosen has a tremendous impact on the final settlement or jury verdict.  Picking an experienced wrongful death lawyer who has the ability and expertise to not only go to trial but secure a jury verdict is critical.

Given the amount of responsibility that goes into being the personal representative of an estate, it is important to have a personal representative who is organized, responsive, willing to vigorously pursue the claim, and make decisions that are most advantageous to all beneficiaries.

Where is the Probate Court in Erie County, Pennsylvania?

The Erie County Clerk of Records performs the duties of the Clerk of Courts, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court divisions, according to all legal authorities governing those bureaus.

The Erie County Clerk of Records (image source:

County Clerk of Records
140 W 6th St #122
Erie, PA 16501

What Nursing Homes Do You Investigate and Sue in Erie County?

We investigate claims against all nursing homes in Erie County. At any given time, we are usually investigating multiple facilities in the area for nursing wrongful death. Those deaths may be caused by falls or drops, medication errors, dehydration, malnutrition, infection, bedsores, sexual assault or rape, and other forms of physical abuse.

The following is a list of nursing homes in Erie County.

1-Star Nursing Home Facilities

2-Star Nursing Home Facilities

2-star facilities are those with serious deficiencies in several quality indicators. They are considered below average.


ERIE, PA 16506
(814) 453-6641

3-Star Nursing Home Facilities


ERIE, PA 16502
(814) 452-3271


ERIE, PA 16509
(814) 864-0671


ERIE, PA 16509
(814) 864-4081


GIRARD, PA 16417
(814) 474-5521

4-Star Nursing Home Facilities


ERIE, PA 16508
(814) 868-0831


ERIE, PA 16511
(814) 899-8600


(814) 838-4822


(814) 734-5021

5-Star Nursing Home Facilities


PO BOX 6239
ERIE, PA 16512
(814) 871-4531


ERIE, PA 16502
(814) 878-2600


ERIE, PA 16504
(814) 459-0621


ERIE, PA 16508
(814) 864-4802


ERIE, PA 16511
(814) 898-5600


ERIE, PA 16509
(814) 868-7395


ERIE, PA 16509
(814) 866-7002


ERIE, PA 16506
(814) 836-5300


ERIE, PA 16505
(814) 838-9191

How do I Hire You to be my Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers (Erie County) Lawyer?

The first thing to do is complete the contact form at the bottom of this page. That way, you can put in details that we can review before we schedule a phone call.

You can also call us at 216-777-8856 if you prefer.

You will likely not speak to us immediately, but will schedule a phone or in-person meeting. Why? Because we’re busy working on the important cases other families have entrusted to us. Just like we would not constantly take phone calls when we’re entrusted to work on your case.

You should also gather all the records and papers you have from the medical providers, go back and look for dates, names, and events that happened, and otherwise prepare to discuss the case. We’ll have a meeting and, if it seems like a case we’d be a good fit for, we’ll move into an investigation phase.

Once we’ve investigated, we’ll candidly tell you what we think about what happened, whether the medical provider is to blame, and what we think about the strength of the case.

Fair warning: we only take on clients whose cases we believe have very strong merits. We’re not lazy—the cases are still very complex, difficult, and expensive—but the risk to your family of being drawn into a difficult process with little chance of a positive outcome is not something we do.

Which means when we do take on a case, our reputation tells the other side this is a serious case we believe in.

If for whatever reason we do not take on the case, and we think there is some merit to the case, we’ll try and help you find a lawyer who might take it on.

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What we promise you is a NO FEAR guarantee.

What does that mean?  For 99% of our clients, a medical injury caused by negligence is new.  The medical malpractice lawsuit process is new.  Depositions, discovery, trial . . . everything is new.

New can be scary.  Especially when it involves having to testify under oath.

We’ve developed systems that let you address and move past the fear. Through education and information about the process. Role-playing and other preparation techniques. We empower you to be fearless.  Because this process is hard enough.

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Nursing homes are regulated by federal and state regulations that most personal injury lawyers know nothing about.

If you're looking to take on a nursing home, you need a lawyer who knows those rules.

We exclusively handle medical claims, with a focus on nursing home abuse and neglect. We've tried these cases and obtained millions in damages at trial. 100% our cases involve the failure to provide appropriate hospital, medical, and nursing care to members of the community.

How We’re Paid

We advance the costs of the investigation and lawsuit.  We only get paid from money we collect in a settlement of verdict: there’s never a bill to you.

By taking on all the risk, you can be sure we’re only going to take on cases we believe in fully.

What Can We Do to Improve Nursing Home Conduct?

Nursing Homes are corporations: they speak the language of money.  Corporations, even non-profit corporations, are not real people; they do not have hearts, minds, or souls.

In our experience, holding a medical corporation responsible and accountable for carelessly injuring patients through a money verdict at trial, or a settlement motivated by their fear of trial, is the best way to make sure there is change.

A well-fought lawsuit can help prevent other people from being injured in the same way.

What Damages are Available?

Money damages available in a nursing home lawsuit can involve economic costs (medical bills, etc.), emotional harms like pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and, if the injuries cause death, the mental anguish and loss of family members for wrongful death.

Many states allow for punitive damages when a medical corporation consciously disregards a patient’s rights and safety with a great probability of causing substantial harm. They are awarded in exceptional cases.

We’ve proven punitive damages at trial, including a $3,000,000 verdict for punitive damages against one of the largest medical companies in America.

Punitive damages are intended to punish, deter the defendant from doing the same thing in the future, and reform the nursing home industry.

What Else Can I do Besides Contacting You?

Once you contact us, you'll get a list of next steps, as well as emails explaining how the process works.  So contact us now, or call us at 216-777-8856.

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