Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Uncovering Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing Home Abuse is an increasing problem in today’s aging population. Nursing home patients are entitled to proper care and dignity and nursing home facilities have a duty to safeguard patients. The number of senior citizens over the age of 65 is increasing. In Pennsylvania, 111,000 elderly patients are currently living in nursing home facilities. Another 5,000 patients are receiving home health care. The failure of facility to properly attend to the needs of aging patients is an increasing problem in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities today.
Nursing Home Changes in Today’s Aging Population
An increase in our aging population has created an influx of corporations entering the nursing home industry with purely profit-driven motives. Owners may reduce staffing and hire less-experienced staff to trim costs and increase profits. These changes are having a direct impact on patient care. We are seeing more instances of abuse, neglect and patient injury. Nursing homes, like other assisted living facilities, are expected to exercise care in choosing people to work for them. When your health and well-being are in the hands of a doctor, nurse, or health aide worker, that person owes you a duty of care.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
Signs of neglect or poor care of a nursing home patient care vary widely. In most cases, the family suspects substandard care. Some signs of poor care or abuse may be noticed gradually over time. Neglect or abuse may not always be apparent during regular visits. The following are warning signs of nursing home neglect or abuse:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Change in demeanor, anger
- Pressure sores
- Dirty conditions
Report Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Physical and emotional abuse in nursing homes is unacceptable in the care of our elderly. Exposing nursing home abusive conduct is important to the well-being of all patients at the facility. Seniors often fail to report mistreatment for a variety of reasons, including being physically or mentally incapable; not recognizing abuse or neglect; or reluctance to report neglect due to fear of retaliation. Tragically, most elder abuse and neglect goes unreported. As a result, despite having special legal rights, nursing home patients are extremely vulnerable to abuse and neglect by their care providers.
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
- Pressure Sores
- Repeated Falls
- Patients Dropped by Staff
- Patients Wandering from Facility
- Medication Error
- Physical or Mental Abuse
- Wrongful Death
Fox Law Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers welcome you to contact us for a prompt and free consultation regarding your nursing home abuse or neglect case.
No case is too big or too small for an evaluation. Fox Law welcomes the opportunity to represent you. In your consultation, your case will be discussed and the facts will be reviewed and evaluated. If Fox Law accepts your case, it will be handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing. We carry all of the costs and assume all of the risks when we accept your case.
FOX LAW is conveniently located at Two Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to Philadelphia County, we serve Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Allentown, and Reading Pennsylvania. For your convenience, John Fox makes house calls, when necessary.