Philadelphia Nursing Home Injury Lawyers
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.
The Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers at Wapner Newman have no tolerance for the abuse of our senior citizens. When your family suffers from this gross injustice, our personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you protect your loved one and secure the full compensation they are due.
An All-Too-Common Problem in Nursing Homes
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, report the allegations and 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.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
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. Knowing what to look for can help you detect abuse of your loved one in a nursing home or other residential facility.
- 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 are usually fairly easy to detect with frequent, unannounced visits to your loved one’s care facility. 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.
Abuse Can Come from Other 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.
Look for the Warning Signs – and Act Immediately
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.
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 of sexual abuse could include bruising on legs or thighs, sexually transmitted diseases, bloody underwear, excessive agitation and pain when sitting or walking.
When your family member has been victimized, it is important that you report it to the police — simply reporting it to the nursing staff is not enough.
You should also contact an experienced nursing home lawyer who will provide guidance about notifying the proper authorities and help your family recover compensation for the injuries, while also preventing future assaults of other residents.
Wapner Newman’s lawyers have successfully litigated cases involving abuse of patients in long-term care facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: We’re Here to Help
For 40 years, our nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia have been assisting elderly victims of abuse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our verdicts and settlements speak for themselves. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia are tireless in our pursuit of justice in these cases, and we will fight to ensure 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, including Allentown and Philadelphia, please contact Wapner Newman today to schedule a free initial consultation with a nursing home negligence attorney. If transportation is an issue, we will come to you.
Wapner Newman has offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Center Valley, and Marlton.