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Nursing Home Negligence

Many of us have loved ones living in nursing homes because of their physical or mental condition. More of our family members will be confined to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities as our population continues to age. In most cases the residents and patients in nursing homes receive excellent medical care. However, with the rapid growth of nursing home populations may also bring more cases of nursing home neglect, abuse, and injury. Our firm has experience in representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys can provide excellent representation to victims and their families.

We are happy to have one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers or injury lawyers answer any questions and review the case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete an online short form and a member of our firm will contact you. There is no fee unless we recover money for you.

Here are some questions you may have:

What needs to be proven to claim monetary damages in a case against the nursing home?

The following is needed to have a claim against the nursing home:

  • The existence of a duty of proper care owed to the resident or patient
  • The standard of care the nursing home should have followed
  • The care and treatment of the patient
  • The failure of the nursing home to follow the standard of care
  • Injury or death to the patient or resident
  • The causal relationship between the nursing home’s breach of duty and the patient’s death or injury.

What is nursing home abuse or neglect?

Nursing home abuse is intentional abuse of nursing home residents by staff members or other residents. It can be physical, mental, or even sexual abuse.

  • Physical abuse may appear as bruises, broken bones, and cuts.
  • Mental abuse is just as harsh as physical abuse and occurs when there is verbal harassment, intentional neglect, or isolation from the family.)
  • Staff members or other residents can force sexual abuse in nursing homes.

Nursing home neglect occurs when the staff has a lack of interest for the well-being of the resident and fails to provide basic necessities such as supervision, food, water, and shelter. The most common causes of nursing home injuries are falls. Many falls occur because of poor supervision. Neglect can also cause more serious disorders such as bedsores and various diseases.

What can be done if nursing home abuse or neglect is suspected?

When neglect is suspected, the matter should be investigated immediately. What you have observed should be brought to the attention of the nursing home’s management or supervision. The matter may quickly be resolved to your satisfaction as a result of your discussing the conditions with the nursing home authorities. If you are not satisfied with the home’s response to your request, please call Galfand Berger and our team of dedicated Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys to discuss what further action you should take.

How do I know if I have a case?

You have a case if a relative has died or sustained a serious injury under questionable circumstances. To determine if there is a case, please call us at 1-800-222-8792 and discuss your case with one of our Philadelphia nursing home negligence lawyers.

How do you charge?

Our fee is contingent upon a recovery. In the event there is no recovery, you pay no fee and you do not need to reimburse us for any of our expenses or other costs.

What are the time limits for filing a lawsuit?

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey a lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the date of injury. If you are thinking about proceeding with a lawsuit, contact us immediately. Do not wait! We must do a detailed investigation to determine if there is a basis for a lawsuit before we proceed.

Claims have been made against nursing homes under the following factual situations:
  •  A patient fell from wheelchair in bathroom because of improper supervision.
  • A nursing assistant sexually assaulted a semi-conscious resident.
  • The nursing home was held responsible when it failed to notice patient leaving the nursing home in a wheelchair. The patient was subsequently struck and killed by a pick-up truck.
  • The nursing home was held responsible when a patient ran away from the facility and the nursing home failed to activate the alarm system. In addition to the exposure to cold temperatures that occurred when he wandered off dressed only in pajamas, this exposure may have contributed to his heart attack and resultant death.
  • The nursing home was held responsible for failure to administer proper medication to patients.
  • The nursing home was held responsible when an employee struck a resident with Alzheimer’s disease.

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