The Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers at Munley Law stand up for victims and their families
Nursing home employees are required to care for elderly residents’ needs and well-being at the highest level to ensure that the senior members of our families are as safe and healthy as possible. Far too often, long-term healthcare facility staff members neglect those duties and abuse the very people they are expected to protect.
If you suspect that your family member is suffering from physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse or neglect at a long-term care facility in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Munley Law today for a free consultation. We will answer your questions regarding nursing home negligence, review the details and medical records, and advise you on how to proceed. Call a Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer, chat live, or fill out our email form today for a free, confidential case review.
Our experienced, compassionate team of nursing home abuse attorneys have the knowledge and resources to hold the negligent facility accountable. Consistently named to the “Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” lists each year, our nursing home abuse attorneys have earned national recognition as leaders in the legal profession. We have earned AV-Preeminent peer ratings and Platinum-Level Client Champion ratings from Martindale-Hubbell – the highest ethical and client service ratings in our industry.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing home abuse is a form of elder abuse, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defines as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action that causes harm or distress to an older person. This type of violence constitutes a violation of human rights and includes physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, and material abuse as well as abandonment, neglect, and serious loss of dignity and respect.
How are seniors affected by abuse or nursing home negligence?
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), a division of the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, reports that victims of nursing home abuse have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to seniors who were not subjected to nursing home negligence. The NCEA reports that in addition to the increased likelihood of premature death, the abuse of nursing home residents can have the following negative impacts:
Physical Impact – The abuse of long-term healthcare facility residents causes physical injuries such as bruises, lacerations, dental problems, head injuries, broken bones, pressure sore, persistent physical pain and soreness, problems with nutrition, hydration, and sleep, the exacerbation of pre-existing health conditions, and increased susceptibility to new illnesses
Psychological Impact – Nursing home abuse causes psychological complications such as depression, anxiety, distress, and other psychological disorders.
Financial Impact – The financial exploitation of elderly healthcare facility residents causes tremendous monetary losses for seniors and their families. Elderly individuals can lose their savings and sense of security when preyed upon by financial abusers.
If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse, don’t wait – contact our experienced attorneys today for a free consultation.
How Can I Tell if the Nursing Home Where My Mother or Father Lives Has Been Cited for Abusing Residents?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging conduct independent evaluations of long-term residential healthcare facilities and they also investigate reports of nursing home negligence. In many jurisdictions including Pennsylvania, this information is widely accessible on the state health departments’ websites.
These Dept. of Health website contains valuable information about a nursing home’s size, services available, ownership type, licensure status, number of residents, payment options, and most recent inspection.
In addition, they contain patient care surveys, which detail any harm alleged and what the state’s investigation into the report of abuse revealed. If you need to report nursing home abuse, you can do so with the Dept. of Health as well as the Dept. of Aging.
Are Certain Elderly Populations Abused More Than Others?
The Nursing Home Abuse Justice (NHAJ) organization reports that certain nursing home residents are more likely than others to suffer abuse in a long-term healthcare facility. According to the NHAJ, “residents who are seen as needier, more time-consuming or different in some way from other residents are more likely to be abused or neglected.”
According to data from the NHAJ, NCEA, and the National Institutional of Health (NIH), especially vulnerable populations include nursing home residents who:
- Suffer from Cognitive Impairments or Disorders
- Are Physically Disabled or Handicapped
- Suffer from Mental Illness
- Are Female
If your loved one is a part of any one of these groups, you should be especially wary of any signs that they are being abused by the nursing home staff entrusted with their care and contact a nursing home abuse attorney.
What Does a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Do?
Realizing that your beloved family member may be the victim of nursing home abuse is a horrifying experience. The process of holding the negligent retirement home or care facility accountable can be daunting, and most facilities’ insurance companies are prepared to deny any wrongdoing. This is where your nursing home abuse lawyer can step in.
In order to be successful in a claim against a nursing home you must prove three things: that the facility owed a duty of care to your loved one, that they failed to uphold that duty, and that, as a direct result, your loved one suffered harm. While the abuse may appear obvious, it can be a laborious process to document and prove everything that happened. We will begin by hearing your story, reviewing all medical records with our in-house doctor, and we will prepare to take your case to trial if the defendants do not cooperate with a settlement.
How Much Does a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Cost?
At Munley Law, we believe in standing up for the vulnerable – regardless of wealth and income. This is why we work on a contingent fee basis. The contingent fee means we only get paid if we win your case, and you incur no financial risk whatsoever in bringing a legal claim against the nursing home. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict in your favor, you owe us nothing.
For over 60 years, our lawyers have fought for victims of abuse and their families. We want to help you make sure that any healthcare facility staff members who abuse or take advantage of elderly residents are held accountable and that your loved one can get the care that they deserve.
If someone you love resides in a long-term healthcare and you suspect that they may be the victim of neglect or physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse, call the experienced Nursing Home Abuse Team at Munley Law for a free consultation today.