Philadelphia Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
A quick search of nursing homes on the Medicare website reveals 26 nursing homes within 25 miles of Philadelphia with a one-star rating based on health inspections, staffing ratios, and quality of resident care measures. Nurses and others who work in nursing homes might be caring, dedicated professionals, but with factors such as overcrowding of patients, understaffing of nurses, lack of training, and inadequate supervision, nursing home employees face an uphill battle in giving their residents and patients the type of care they need and deserve.
Unfortunately, some nursing home workers fail to provide an adequate level of care as required by law, and some workers actually engage in physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse of vulnerable residents under their control. If you or your loved one has been harmed in a Philadelphia nursing home because of either abuse or neglect, the attorneys at Green & Schafle are here to put an immediate stop to that abuse or neglect and take steps to hold the nursing home accountable for the harm they have caused through their negligence. Call our office for a free consultation to discuss any potential claims you may have against the nursing home and how our dedicated Philadelphia nursing home neglect lawyers can help.
Harm Caused by Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can cause residents to suffer serious harm for which they can and should be compensated by holding the nursing home liable for damages such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. Some of the common injuries caused by nursing home neglect include:
- Bedsores – Also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, bedsores are painful sores that develop when residents are left unattended and immobile for too long, whether in bed or a chair. Bedsores develop on places where the body contacts the bed or chair, such as the back, buttocks, arms and legs. These sores can become painful open wounds, and if left untreated, they can become infected as well. Untreated bedsores will grow larger and deeper, eventually infecting the bloodstream and causing a life-threatening illness known as sepsis. Nursing staff should be trained in the procedures to prevent bedsores from occurring in the first place, to identify bedsores when they do appear, and to treat them with adequate medical care to cure them and prevent them from becoming life-threatening medical emergencies.
- Falls – Falls are the number one reason for accidental death and injury in older adults, and nursing homes should be especially vigilant regarding the risk of falls among their patients. Facilities should be adequately equipped with bed rails and handrails where necessary, and staff should be readily available to assist patients in getting in and out of beds and chairs and moving throughout the facility as needed. Falls can cause broken hips and other fractures, facial lacerations, sprains, head injuries and other serious problems.
- Medication Errors – Mistakes in administering medication can cause problems ranging from allergic reactions to death. Common medication errors in the nursing home include forgetting to give patients their medications on time, giving them the wrong medicines, or overmedication. Overmedicating a patient to make them more docile or easier to handle rather than for therapeutic reasons is a not uncommon form of nursing home abuse that simply has no valid excuse.
- Malnutrition and Dehydration – When nursing home staff neglect their residents, the residents can become malnourished or dehydrated, which can cause serious physical and mental ailments. Federal laws require nursing homes to ensure that their residents get adequate nutrition to maintain healthy body weight and enough of the right kinds of fluids to keep them hydrated. Nursing homes are also required to identify and treat symptoms of dehydration or malnutrition when they do appear. Failing to do so is negligent behavior, and nursing home operators can be held liable for the damage caused by their neglect.
Dedicated Legal Help for Philadelphia Nursing Home Neglect Injuries
When nursing home owners and administrators maximize their profits at the expense of quality of care, they can be held liable for the injuries that result due to overcrowding, understaffing and other poor working conditions. Green & Schafle can help by working to see that you are fully compensated for the harm done and that you or your loved one is treated properly. Call our office for a free consultation if you suspect neglect or abuse at your Philadelphia nursing home.