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How our nursing home lawyers can help
The Louis B. Himmelstein & Associates lawyers have been helping nursing home abuse and neglect victims since 1984. We provide aggressive legal services aimed at helping you pursue top dollar for your nursing home abuse and neglect claim. Our team evaluates your case and determines what to do in order for you to bring a successful claim. Then, we set about taking each and every step necessary for you to receive the full payment that you’re owned under Pennsylvania or New Jersey law.
With bar admissions in the State of Pennsylvania, United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals, we’re not afraid to take your case to trial. Whether you try your case before a jury or you reach a fair settlement through our tough negotiations with the responsible party, we see your case through. Along the way, we handle the case for you so that you don’t feel the burden of stressful legal proceedings while you’re dealing with the aftermath of abuse and neglect.
We’re aggressive. We fight. We listen. Each year, we recover millions of dollars for deserving victims. We want to help you, too.
Nursing home resident rights in Philadelphia
Philadelphia nursing home residents have the following rights:
- To be told directly what medical conditions they have
- To know if they’re going to receive medical treatment or services
- A copy of the facility procedures and policies in writing
- No restraints used unless medically ordered
- Participation in the care plan; the right to refuse treatment
- Privacy, respect and dignity
- To vocalize concerns without retaliation or the fear of retaliation
- Access to their own personal items and possessions
- Receiving visitors like friends and family
- Adequate nurse staffing based on the number of residents
- Nutritious meals prepared in a hygienic manner
- Dental care including emergency dental care
- Reasonable care and treatment at all times
Who is responsible for nursing home abuse and neglect in Philadelphia?
In Philadelphia, the nursing home itself, third-party contractors and nursing home employees may all be liable for nursing home abuse and neglect. As the employer, the nursing home is usually legally liable for the actions of their employees. When an employee is neglectful or abusive, liability can attach to the nursing home because the employee is a representative of the nursing home.
In addition to employee actions, some negligence and abuse occurs because of the systemic failures of the way the nursing home is run. For example, the nursing home has the duty to hire qualified caregivers and train them appropriately. If they don’t hire only qualified caregivers, abuse and neglect may be the nursing home’s fault.
The nursing home also has the obligation to provide adequate security for the residents in their care. When incidents occur, they must respond appropriately in order to prevent additional harm. An experienced Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney can help you determine who may be responsible for the nursing home abuse and neglect in your case.
Types of nursing home abuse and neglect in Philadelphia
There are many ways that negligence can lead to nursing home abuse and neglect. Here are just some of the ways that nursing home neglect may occur:
- Inadequate staff so residents don’t get the attention they need
- Too few opportunities for residents to get exercise
- Refusing to let the residents receive visitors
- Preventing the residents from socializing with each other
- Lack of medical care; inappropriate medical care
- Use of restraints or failure to supply needed mobility assistance
- Meals that don’t meet state requirements
- Overmedicating; too little medication
- Spills that lead to slip and fall accidents
- Psychological abuse including emotional abuse; isolation
- Inadequate attention to daily needs and personal grooming
- Financial abuse and exploitation
- Inadequate room cleaning
- Sexual abuse
- Assault and battery
These are just some examples of nursing home abuse and neglect. Any way that a nursing home resident gets hurt because of poor care in a nursing home may give rise to a legal claim for compensation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you can show that the resident suffers injuries because of negligence, you can bring a claim for compensation under state law.
What can you win in a lawsuit for nursing home abuse and neglect in Philadelphia?
In Philadelphia, you have a right to full compensation for economic and non-economic damages when you’re hurt because of nursing home abuse and neglect. Your damages are the sum total of your financial losses and your pain and suffering. In a nursing home case, additional medical bills are usually a large part of the damages. You may need additional medical care to address the physical and mental injuries that you suffer because of nursing home abuse and neglect.
In a nursing home abuse case, the emotional and mental suffering can be severe. Mental injuries, emotional abuse and emotional manipulation often comprise a large portion of any nursing home abuse case. In order to fully compensate a victim of nursing home abuse, the victim needs compensation for these injuries. It’s important to work with an experienced Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney in order to adequately value all losses and ensure that they’re included in the nursing home abuse and neglect claim.
Contact our Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney team
Are you worried about the care that your loved one is receiving in a nursing home? Do you worry that they may be the victim of nursing home abuse? Are you concerned about your own care in a nursing home? It’s important to trust your instincts.
Our attorneys can help you evaluate the case in order to determine whether nursing home abuse and neglect has occurred in your case. We can help you determine what the victim may deserve for compensation. Our aggressive attorneys can represent you and take all necessary legal action on your behalf until the victim has compensation that fairly represents their losses and holds wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get started fighting for you. Let us show you why we recover millions of dollars each year for our clients. Whether you are in Philadelphia, the greater Philadelphia area, Camden County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County or other parts of New Jersey, we’re here to represent you. Call us today to speak confidentially with a member of our Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney team.
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