Did A Loved One Suffer From Nursing Home Neglect?
When you decide that nursing home care is the best option for your elderly loved one, you should be able to expect that the facility and staff are equipped and willing to do the job with patience and compassion. But that is not always how nursing homes treat their patients.
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence is a reality. If your loved one has been harmed due to nursing home neglect or malpractice, our lawyers can help you hold the responsible parties accountable. A nursing home malpractice claim may also be the best way to ensure that other vulnerable adults are protected from similar types of neglect.
For a free consultation with an experienced elder law and personal injury attorney, contact The Swain Law Firm, P.C. Our offices are conveniently located in Bensalem and northeast Philadelphia.
You Don’t Have To Do This Alone; Help Is Available
Improper care of elderly people is an increasing problem in Pennsylvania. Baby boomers are aging into their sunset years, and their adult children have to juggle many responsibilities, one of which is to ensure the well-being and safety of their parents. In many cases, a nursing home or elder care facility is the best option for achieving that goal. When a nursing home fails in its duties and instead causes harm to a patient – either through neglect, medical malpractice or abuse – the facility needs to be held accountable. Generally, families cannot address the problem on their own, and an experienced legal representative becomes essential.
Identifying Nursing Home Malpractice
Because the victims are not always able to articulate their pain and its cause, nursing home neglect and malpractice can be challenging to recognize. At The Swain Law Firm, P.C., we know what signs indicate failures on the part of a nursing home, and we know how to build strong cases to hold nursing homes accountable for malpractice. In our many decades of combined legal experience, the injuries and conditions we’ve seen in nursing home malpractice cases are wide-ranging. Family members often contact us with questions about the following:
- Unexplained bruises: Even if the bruise appears to be minor, sometimes it can be an indication of negligent care. In some instances, there are severe bruises, indicating higher degrees of needless pain and suffering and possible improper care or neglect.
- Falls: While falling is a risk for people inside and outside nursing homes, a fall at a nursing home could be an indicator that the patient is not being properly monitored. Falls can occur while a patient is walking, sitting, wandering off the premises or even sleeping, and falls can lead to bone fractures, head trauma, internal injuries and death.
- Bedsores: Also known as ”pressure ulcers,” these are a common but preventable condition, particularly among immobilized or bedridden patients. Bedsores can lead to severe pain and even death. Nursing homes are responsible for adjusting a patient’s position to prevent bedsores.
- Medication errors: Mistakenly giving someone the wrong medication can be extremely harmful and even fatal, particularly if the patient is allergic to the drug or receives the wrong medication for an extended period of time. Shockingly, there have been cases of nursing home staff intentionally administering the wrong medication in order to keep patients permanently sedated.
- Bacterial infections: Sepsis and other potentially fatal infections can occur when wounds are needlessly exposed to bacteria. This can happen when nursing home staff allow bedsores to develop, and no one does anything to keep the ulcer clean.
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered at the hands of a care provider, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Schedule A Free Consultation
For a free consultation to discuss your concerns with an experienced malpractice attorney, call 215-550-1968 or contact us via email. With offices in Bensalem and northeast Philadelphia, our lawyers serve clients throughout the Bucks County area as well as New Jersey.