Families consider nursing homes their last resort when it comes to caring for loved ones who are sick or elderly. For many families entrusting the care of a loved one to a complete stranger is an emotionally harrowing experience. It takes every last ounce of their trust to take that step – to put their mother or father in a nursing home. But when nursing homes turn around and breach that trust by neglecting or abusing elderly people, who along with children are the most vulnerable section of our society, it is unacceptable.
Nursing home abuse and negligence is an unfortunate reality in today’s world. A 2008 report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that federal investigators have found a widespread “understatement of deficiencies” including malnutrition, severe bed sores, overuse of prescription medications and abuse of nursing home residents.
Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse and/or negligence include:
Bed sores or pressure sores
Injury or death caused by lack of supervision
Failure to follow doctor’s orders for care
Lack of follow-up care
Physical or verbal abuse
More than 1.5 million people in the United States live in nursing homes. Nationwide, about one-fifth of the nation’s nursing homes were cited for serious deficiencies in 2007. What is a serious deficiency? It is an act of negligence or abuse that puts a resident in immediate jeopardy or at risk of death or serious injury.
Why are Pennsylvania nursing home abuse cases steadily increasing year after year?
That is because like the insurance industry, running nursing homes has become a multi-billion dollar business run by large corporations. Unfortunately, to these corporations, profits are more important than providing quality care to their customers.
If your loved one has suffered abuse or negligence at a nursing home or assisted living facility please contact an experienced Philadelphia nursing home abuse and negligence attorney at Anapol Schwarz for your free consultation. If your loved one has died as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse, you are entitled to file a Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home to hold them accountable for your loss. Please call a skilled Philadelphia personal injury attorney who can provide you with the guidance and assistance you need.