Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Turn to Our Philadelphia Nursing Home Lawyers to Get Your Loved One Immediate Help
At Wapner Newman, our nursing home abuse lawyers have no tolerance for the abuse of our senior citizens. When your family suffers from this gross injustice, our attorneys are prepared to help you protect your loved one and secure the full compensation they are due.
Our Philadelphia nursing home lawyer is your advocate. We won’t stop fighting for your loved one and you.
There are few things as reprehensible as the mistreatment of our elderly. When you trust your loved one to a nursing home facility, you are placing your full faith in the ability of its employees and management to ensure your family member’s safety and happiness. Tragically, nursing home abuse is an all-too-common occurrence, often resulting in emotional and physical injuries that can impact every aspect of your family’s life.
Why Should You Choose Our Nursing Home Lawyer at Wapner Newman?
Trusted Legal Guidance and a Compassionate Ear
When your loved one suffers an injury caused by abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you want to make them safe, protect them from future harm, and get justice. You can count on our nursing home lawyers to give you and your loved one the trusted legal representation you need. The outcome of your case can bring you satisfaction, but can also prevent future harm coming to other residents of the nursing home in the future. Your legal battle is important to your loved one, to you, and to us.
We will be right at your side, leveraging our extensive experience to secure maximum compensation. Our nursing home abuse attorneys know that residents can be powerless to protect themselves. That’s why our team at Wapner Newman will aggressively fight on their behalf. We are ready to help victims of nursing home abuse throughout the Philadelphia area. Our law firm provides services to clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
We put all our resources, knowledge and experience behind our resolve to win your case.
Our Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers at Wapner Newman fight for those who put their trust in nursing home staff but then find their loved ones harmed. Known for our steadfast commitment to clients, our compassionate team is ready to answer every question you have and to help you understand what to expect in your case. Read these testimonials to learn how we’ve helped our past clients.
When you work with a nursing home lawyer at Wapner Newman, you’ll always be informed about your case and will have a skilled legal strategist at your side. Reap the benefits of our experience. Our team of attorneys has the skills and background in legal battles that you need to win.
We Win Cases and We Win Respect
- Marc Brecher is recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and is among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
- Robert S. Miller’s track record of multimillion-dollar victories has helped our clients move forward with their lives after suffering terrible injuries.
- David Sternberg has a long history of winning cases, with specific experience in nursing home abuse.
- Learn about other injury attorneys on our accomplished team.
We Get Excellent Results for Our Nursing Home Abuse Clients
We’ve won numerous multimillion-dollar victories for our clients. Our record of winning injury and abuse cases speaks for itself. When we take our case, you will have a dedicated, compassionate attorney at your side. Our team will help you and your loved one get justice and find a path toward a more secure, safe future. We will pursue every possible avenue in our relentless search for details of the abuse your loved one suffered. We are passionate in fighting for our clients and will zealously pursue the maximum compensation you can receive in your case.
Here is a sampling of our victories:
- $45 million for an abuse victim
- $8.4 million for a brain injury stemming from delayed diagnosis
- $7 million for a birth trauma resulting in brain damage
- $400,000 for a nursing home resident who developed bed sores
- There are many more. See our other winning results.
How a Lawsuit Matters for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
When a nursing home has endangered your loved one, you must stop the abuse. A lawsuit can rescue your relative and hold the owners, managers and other responsible parties accountable so that other vulnerable residents will not be injured. Filing a legal claim of abuse or neglect against a nursing home or their staff helps by:
- Stopping the immediate cause of abuse
- Protecting the victim
- Preventing other residents from being similarly abused in the future
- Creating greater accountability for nursing homes in general.
In addition, a successful lawsuit means victims and their family may be awarded compensation for the damages that they received. Tragically, sometimes abuse is so severe it causes death. If you’ve suffered this terrible loss, our attorneys can help. It is possible to also file a wrongful death claim against a nursing home to ensure you get full justice and all the compensation possible in a more complex wrongful death case.
The nursing home lawyers at Wapner Newman will ensure justice is served. Contact our office today at (215) 569-0900 to get a free consultation.
Whether you live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, we can help answer your questions about a nursing home abuse claim.
Our Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Knows What to Do If Abuse Is Suspected
If abuse is suspected, family members should take immediate action and contact a nursing home abuse attorney who can evaluate the situation and file a nursing home abuse case if appropriate.
Our Wapner Newman nursing home attorneys can help by taking several steps in your case. We will…
- Investigate the situation, interview witnesses, and gather medical and financial records and evidence such as photographs and videos
- Notify the proper authorities of the abuse
- File all paperwork for a lawsuit and send notice of claim to defendants
- Negotiate a settlement if possible
- Go through discovery, where information is revealed to all parties
- Build your case, taking it to trial, and presenting the case and arguing on your loved one’s behalf
- Appeal any unfavorable decisions.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering harm from abuse of any type or from neglect, call our skilled nursing home attorneys today. Wapner Newman offers compassionate lawyers who want to get justice for your loved ones and compensation for harms done to them. Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit can also prevent a facility or staff member from harming others in the future. Call us today for help at (215) 569-0900.
Abuse Happens Too Often in Nursing Homes
Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Philadelphia Knows How to Help
Nursing home residents are too frequently the innocent victims of a wide range of mistreatment by staff that includes physical, emotional and non-verbal abuse and inadequate medical care and neglect. To combat this problem, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has numerous laws in place to protect them, including a clear definition of a nursing home resident’s rights.
Sadly, and disturbingly, news reports and surveys by multiple state health departments reveal that sexual assaults of nursing home and long-term care facility residents committed by employees are becoming “widespread.” Even the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced a state-level investigation into abuse and neglect of nursing home residents. Growing studies of this nationwide problem are being conducted to better understand the problem and take action to prevent it from expanding. Nursing home inspectors discovered repeated occurrences where nursing home administrators either mishandled or failed to prevent alleged cases of sexual assault, as well as other types of assault and abuse, at their facilities.
Nursing home officials are often reluctant to properly investigate and report the allegations, and they hide their findings from inspectors.
Elderly nursing home residents are easy prey, because many of them are helpless, confused or suffering from dementia and other mental issues. Frequently, staff members doubt the accusers, thinking they are hallucinating or imagining it. The attention of our skilled nursing home abuse lawyer in Philadelphia can seek justice for harms experienced by nursing home residents. Don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your case.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Look For
As Soon as You Notice Harm to Your Loved Ones, Turn to our Nursing Home Lawyers
It is important that you listen to your loved one when you visit them. You may get clues about how they are being treated. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, our nursing home abuse attorneys have the resources to help you conduct an investigation as soon as possible.
- Nursing home abuse can be emotional or physical.
- It can come in the form of verbal or physical abuse or be manifested in the form of neglect.
- It can be caused by staff who intentionally harm a resident or by the negligence of a facility that doesn’t keep residents safe and allows one resident to abuse others.
Knowing what to look for can help you detect abuse of your loved one in a nursing home or other residential facility. It is important to report abuse to officials once you recognize it and it’s important to work with a trusted nursing home abuse attorney to guide you in this process.
If you suspect your family member or loved one is being abused, you should look for signs or symptoms, which could include changes in eating, sleeping or mood, unexplained sores, cuts or bruising and discoloration.
Signs Your Loved One Is Being Abused or Neglected
A few common signs of abuse include: bruises, cuts, fractures, and physical restraints. These physical signs aren’t all. Several emotional signs exist as well, including depression and withdrawal.
Signs of physical abuse and neglect include:
- Broken bones
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns
- Bleeding around the genitalia
- Malnourishment and dehydration
- Bed sores
- Unhygienic surroundings
- Odors of urine or feces
- Use of physical restraints.
These signs of nursing home neglect and abuse are usually fairly easy to detect with frequent, unannounced visits to your loved one’s care facility.
Emotional abuse. Emotional abuse, such as verbal abuse, threats, and intentional cruelty, may be harder to pick up on. Indications of emotional and verbal abuse include:
- Changes in mood
- Frequent agitation or aggression
- A desire to withdraw from other residents
- Severe depression.
Sexual abuse: Signs of sexual abuse could include bruising on legs or thighs, sexually transmitted diseases, bloody underwear, excessive agitation and pain when sitting or walking.
Financial Abuse: Financial abuse by a caregiver can result in disappearance of property or loss of funds.
Find Out How Nursing Homes Compare in the Eyes of Regulators
This Nursing Home Inspect tool from Pro Publica is an excellent resource to learn about problems in specific nursing homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Learn about the nursing home where your loved one is staying. Find out the deficiencies government officials identified and the fines levied against the nursing homes.
Abuse Can Come from Other Nursing Home Residents
It is the responsibility of a nursing home’s staff to keep residents safe. This includes protecting residents from abuse at the hands of other residents. As many as 20 percent of nursing home residents experience verbal or physical abuse from roommates or other residents, one U.S. study suggests.
During the four-week study, 407 out of 2,011 residents had been involved in an abusive incident with another resident. Forty-five percent of these incidents involved verbal abuse, while 26 percent involved physical assault.
Resident-on-resident abuse can be a tragic source of violence no one anticipates when you believe your loved one is safe in their facility. Regardless of where the abuse comes from, it should be considered unacceptable. If you believe your loved one has been subjected to abuse at the hands of another resident, don’t hesitate to contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Wapner Newman to learn more about your legal options.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Handle Neglect Cases as Well
Neglecting elderly patients and providing negligent care can cause as much harm as active abuse. Nursing homes are often understaffed, or there can be a lack of communication between staff members or between staff members and patients that leads to dangerous conditions and resulting injuries.
Examples of nursing home neglect include:
- Failure to properly respond to distress, to properly move or assist residents. This may result in bedsores, falls, broken bones, bruises, head or internal injuries.
- Failure to provide sanitary conditions, proper nutrition, or any other resident needs.
- Failure to administer proper medication in a timely manner or to prescribe the appropriate type or dosage of a needed medication.
- Failure to appropriately investigate employees for criminal records, drug problems or behavioral issues.
- Improper security, allowing residents to wandering off or for outsiders to enter the facility.
- Negligence in training staff on policies/procedures such as reporting accidents and injuries.
Our Nursing Home Lawyers Know the Protections Available by Law
Our Attorneys Will Hold Nursing Homes Accountable When These Are Violated
There are Pennsylvania laws governing the ownership and general operation of long-term care nursing facilities. They apply to both profit and non-profit nursing homes which provide skilled nursing care, intermediate nursing care, or both. They must meet a range of standards set by state agencies that oversee the conduct of nursing homes and how they care for residents. They must also report any incidents or injuries that happen in their nursing home (28 Pa. Code §201.14).
The law defines nursing home abuse and states the rights of residents (28 Pa. Code §201.29). It states that all residents “shall be treated with consideration, respect and full recognition of dignity and individuality, including privacy in treatment and in care for the necessary personal and social needs.”
The law also recognizes the right of a nursing home resident to seek financial compensation for injury resulting from abuse or neglect.
Damage Awards You May Receive
In a successful case, our nursing home abuse attorneys can win a settlement for damages that include financial compensation for:
- medical and rehabilitation bills
- out-of-pocket expenses, such as having to hire private nurses for additional care
- pain and suffering
- lost wages, if appropriate.
Our Nursing Home Attorneys Must Prove Negligence and Fault
To win your case, our attorneys would have to show that your loved one’s injuries were caused by another party’s negligence, carelessness, or willful behavior. Legally, this means showing the following elements:
- Duty: Nursing homes are held to high standards of care to keep residents safe and to deliver professional quality services.
- Breach: There was a breach of this duty of care.
- Cause: This breach caused the injuries to the resident.
- Damages: The resident suffered damages as a result.
Our nursing home attorneys would conduct investigations to find all parties responsible for the abuse and neglect and hold them accountable. These parties may include the owners and administrators of the facility, doctors, nurses, attendants, or other residents. They may all have insurance or assets that can go toward a settlement award.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help
Trusted, Compassionate Attorneys Will Guide You
Wapner Newman’s nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia have been assisting elderly victims of abuse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 40 years. We have successfully litigated cases involving abuse of patients in long-term care facilities, nursing homes and hospitals, and our verdicts and settlements speak for themselves.
Our attorneys are tireless in their pursuit of justice in these cases, and we will fight to ensure that your loved one is taken care of in the years to come.
If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse in Philadelphia, please contact Wapner Newman today at (215) 569-0900 to get a free initial consultation with a nursing home attorney.
We understand that the need to be available for your loved one may make getting to our office difficult. We are always ready to help you, so if transportation is an issue, we will come to you. Wapner Newman’s team of nursing home lawyers serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey from our offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Center Valley, and Marlton.