Philadelphia Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Nursing Home Negligence
Many of us have loved ones living in nursing homes because of their physical or mental conditions. 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, the rapid growth of nursing home populations also brings about more cases of nursing home neglect, abuse, and injury. Our firm has experience in representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Here are some questions you may have:
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 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 care and compassion for the wellbeing residents and there is a failure 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 result in serious medical disorders such as bedsores and various diseases.
What can be done if nursing home abuse or neglect is suspected?
When any form of neglect is suspected, the matter should be reported and investigated immediately. What you have observed should be brought to the attention of the nursing home’s management or supervisory staff for thorough review. As a result of your discussing the conditions with the nursing home authorities, the matter may quickly be resolved to your satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with the nursing home’s response to your concerns and requests, please call Galfand Berger and our team of dedicated Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys to discuss what further action can be taken.
What needs to be proven to claim monetary damages in a case against a nursing home?
The following is needed to have a claim against a 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 actual 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.
How do I know if I have a case?
You may have a case if a relative has died or sustained a serious injury under questionable circumstances in a nursing home. To determine whether or not you do, 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?
Because our fee is contingent upon recovery, if we do not recover money for you, you do not pay any fee for 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 in the following situations:
- A patient fell from their wheelchair in a 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 a patient leaving the premise in a wheelchair. Because of this supervisory failure, the patient was subsequently struck and killed by a pick-up truck.
- The nursing home was found responsible when a patient ran away from the facility and the the establishment failed to activate the alarm system. The patient was exposed to cold temperatures because he wandered off dressed in only his pajamas; this exposure may have contributed to his heart attack and resultant death.
- The nursing home was held responsible for failure to administer proper medications to patients.
- The nursing home was held responsible for abuse when an employee physically struck a resident with Alzheimer’s disease.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of nursing home negligence. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.