Upper Darby, Pennsylvania is a culturally diverse township located just west of Philadelphia. Its history includes the iconic Tower Theater, which is a historic music venue that has seen performances from many world-renowned artists. The economy thrives on small businesses, retail establishments, and service-based industries, with 69th Street being a primary commercial hub.
However, like many communities, Upper Darby is not without its challenges. One concerning issue has been instances of nursing home abuse reported in some of the local care facilities. Such cases of maltreatment, whether they involve physical, emotional, or financial abuse, are deeply troubling. At Munley Law, we firmly believe the vulnerable elderly population deserves respect, care, and protection.
If your loved one suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home professionals, you should seek the expertise of an Upper Darby nursing home abuse lawyer. Our compassionate attorneys at Munley Law will hold the abusive parties accountable, ensure the safety of your loved one, and secure fair compensation for the harm done. Call today for a free consultation to get the claims process started.
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How do I identify nursing home abuse and neglect?
Identifying nursing home neglect and abuse is crucial for the safety and well-being of residents. Warning signs of elder abuse include unexplained injuries or bruises, sudden weight loss, bedsores, or frequent infections. Behavioral indicators might entail noticeable changes in the resident’s mood or demeanor, such as increased agitation, withdrawal, or fearfulness, particularly around specific staff members. Neglect may manifest as poor hygiene, unkempt living conditions, or missed medications.
It’s vital for family members to maintain regular communication with loved ones living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in order to observe their physical and emotional state during visits. Any unusual or sudden changes should be addressed promptly and reported to authorities if necessary.
What are the rights of residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes?
Pennsylvania nursing home residents are entitled to specific legal and civil rights that ensure their safety and dignity. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, these legal rights include (but aren’t limited to):
- A resident may not be neglected, intimidated, physically or verbally abused, mistreated, subjected to corporal punishment or disciplined in any way.
- Guaranteed quality care without discrimination.
- The right to privacy.
- Ability to voice grievances without fear of retaliation.
- Communicate privately with and access the local ombudsman (official who is appointed to investigate complaints about maladministration).
- The right to be informed about their medical conditions and treatments.
- Participation in planning their care.
- A resident has the right to receive visitors for a minimum of 12 hours daily, 7 days per week.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at Munley Law have successfully litigated countless nursing home abuse cases. We guarantee your family member will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion. We will see to it that their rights are protected and that they are compensated for the injuries they sustained.
What are common nursing home injuries?
Nursing home residents who unfortunately fall victim to various forms of abuse may suffer severe injuries, including:
- Bed sores or Pressure Ulcers
- Unexplained Bruises or Lacerations
- Dehydration and Malnutrition
- Medication Errors
- Broken bones
- Pressure sores
It’s imperative to monitor nursing home residents for common signs of these injuries and seek medical and legal help when medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect is suspected.
Wrongful death cases in nursing home abuse
Wrongful death cases arising from nursing home abuse are among the most distressing legal matters. Such cases involve allegations that neglect or maltreatment within a nursing home contributed to a resident’s premature death.
A nursing home abuse attorney will guide you through the steps of filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one. In Pennsylvania, the parties that can legally file a wrongful death suit of behalf of their deceased family member are:
- The surviving spouse
- The deceased’s children
- The deceased’s parents
During your free cause evaluation with a Munley nursing home abuse attorney, we will listen to the story surrounding your loved one’s death and give you a reasonable assessment of your case. After that, your legal team will get to work to bring justice to your situation.
Who are the liable parties for nursing home neglect and abuse?
Liable parties for nursing home abuse and neglect can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. They can include:
- The Nursing Home Facility
- Nursing home staff
- Management or Owners
- Medical Professionals
- Third-party Contractors
- Pharmaceutical Companies
The Munley Law nursing home abuse lawyers can help
At Munley Law, you and your loved one will be working with an experienced attorney who will carry the burden of the lawsuit, but make sure you are in the know every step of the way. Here’s how we will win your case:
Filing the paperwork
First thing’s first: we need to officially file your claim. The state of Pennsylvania gives the victim two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your attorney will make sure your claim is filed properly and on time.
Investigating your case
The next step is to conduct a thorough investigation of the alleged abuse in the nursing homes. We will gather evidence, consult expert witnesses, and identify liable parties. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to build a rock solid case that will win the highest compensation possible.
Recovering maximum damages
Our attorneys will negotiate with opposing counsel and insurance companies, aiming for the maximum compensation. If a fair settlement isn’t reached, we are financially prepared to take your case to court. Contact our law firm today so we can recover the compensation you and your loved one deserve.