Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
OUR PHILADELPHIA NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYERS CAN STOP THE ABUSE AND HELP YOU GET COMPENSATION.
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.
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.
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.
Our team of 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.
Abuse is An All-Too-Common Problem in Nursing Homes
A nursing home abuse attorney in Philadelphia knows the problems and how to stop them
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.
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.” 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 homes administrators either mishandled or failed to prevent alleged cases of sexual assault at their facilities, as well as other types of assault and abuse.
Nursing home officials are often reluctant to properly investigate and report the allegations, and they hide their findings from inspectors. Frequently, staff members doubt the accusers, thinking they are hallucinating or imagining it.
Elderly nursing home residents are easy prey because many of them are helpless, confused or suffering from dementia and other mental issues. 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.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explain Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Look For
Be aware, know what signs to look for, and act immediately to stop the abuse.
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.
Knowing what to look for can help you detect abuse of your loved one in a nursing home or other residential facility.
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.
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 the following steps:
- Investigating the situation, interviewing witnesses, and gathering medical and financial records and evidence such as photographs and videos
- Notifying the proper authorities of the abuse
- Filing all paperwork for a lawsuit and sending notice of claim to defendants
- Negotiating a settlement if possible
- Going through discovery where information is revealed to all parties
- Building your case, taking it to trial, and presenting the case and arguing on your loved one’s behalf
- Appealing 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. Our team at Wapner Newman are 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 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.
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 bed sores, 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.
Nursing Home Lawyers Know the Protections Available by Law
There are federal and Pennsylvania laws that protect nursing home residents, and our attorneys will hold nursing homes accountable when these are violated.
The Pennsylvania Code, Title 28, Chapter 201 deals with the ownership and general operation of long-term care nursing facilities, and the law applies to both profit and non-profit nursing homes which provide skilled nursing care, intermediate nursing care, or both.
The law defines nursing home abuse and states the rights of residents. 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 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.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: We’re Here to Help
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 injury 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 one of your loved ones has suffered from nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Wapner Newman today at (215) 569-0900 to schedule a free initial consultation with a nursing home negligence attorney. If transportation is an issue, we will come to you.
Wapner Newman serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey from our offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Center Valley, and Marlton.