Allentown Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
When an elderly person moves into a nursing home, the expectation from all parties involved–both the nursing home resident and their loved ones–is that the nursing home resident will be treated with a high standard of care. Indeed, the whole reason for the move is likely because it is believed that living in a nursing home will be better for the elderly person, and surely not worse. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence is a burgeoning problem in Allentown, and nursing home residents are often victims of this type of malpractice. If your loved one is a victim of nursing home negligence, our Allentown nursing home abuse attorneys at van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin can help you. Please contact us today to learn more.
What Is Nursing Home Negligence?
Negligence occurs in a nursing home when the nursing home or any of its staff members fail to exercise the proper degree of care that is owed to a patient. Examples of conditions and incidents that may be indicative of nursing home negligence include:
- Bone fractures;
- Slip and falls;
- Deterioration in condition;
- Poor hygiene;
- Loss of weight;
- Mental illness, such as depression; and
- Unexpected or/and unexplained death.
Nursing home negligence may be the result of understaffing and a poor nurse-to-patient ratio. It may also happen simply because a nurse does not want to care for a patient – when negligence is intentional, it is classified as abuse. Sometimes, the negligence is the result of an institutional failure, such as a poor system for ensuring that all patients receive the medical care they need or are properly fed, bathed, etc.
Nursing Home Negligence Is Serious
Nursing home negligence is serious, in large part because those who reside within a nursing home are typically the frailest and most vulnerable amongst us. Something like bedsores or malnutrition can be fatal for a nursing home resident, leading to an early death or a significant deterioration in quality of life.
Liability for Nursing Home Negligence
If you believe that nursing home negligence has caused harm to your loved one, you may be able to file a nursing home negligence case for damages. Our law firm knows how to identify responsible parties and hold them liable for harm. In fact, we are a law firm that is active in both civil and criminal court, and can guide you through the specifics of each.
If you are filing a civil action against a nursing home that alleges that nursing home abuse led to resident harm or/and death, you may be able to seek damages for any medical expenses related to the negligence, the value of pain and suffering, and any other economic or noneconomic losses suffered.
Take Action Now
If you think that you have a nursing home negligence case, take action NOW. We can help you to report the abuse and protect other residents, as well as start the process of filing your civil claim for damages. To schedule a free consultation with our law offices, please call us today or send us a message. Consultations are completely confidential.