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Elder Care Law Attorneys Serving Lancaster Pennsylvania

Entrusting our loved ones to a nursing home is one of the hardest decisions we ever make. We want to know that our loved ones are safe and receiving proper care. Yet, too often, residents are abused or neglected by the very people who are responsible for their care.

Nursing home abuse statistics paint a sad picture with as many as 24% of nursing home residents experiencing at least one instance of physical abuse and 1 in 10 elders over age 60 experiencing some form of abuse or neglect.

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania have a legal duty to provide a safe and clean environment. This includes:

  • Proper nutrition for residents
  • Proper medication dosage
  • Medical care and treatment of wounds, pressure sores, and bed sores
  • Fundamentals of personal hygiene
  • Assistance for incontinence
  • Monitoring of residents to prevent wandering
  • Appropriate supervision and devices to prevent accidents on walkers and wheelchairs

If you are a relative or loved one of an elderly person in a nursing home or assisted living center who is not receiving these standards of care, you can fight back by contacting May, May & Zimmerman, LLP, skilled personal injury and nursing home abuse lawyers in Lancaster, PA.

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What is considered nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect is defined as the failure of a nursing home or other facility, an employee, or service provider to provide services to a resident to avoid pain, physical harm, emotional distress, or mental anguish. This can include not providing adequate food or hydration, not keeping a resident's living area clean, or failing to protect residents from falls or other injuries.

What is the statute of limitations for nursing home abuse?

In general the statute of limitations for nursing home negligence or abuse follows the same statute of limitations for most personal injury law cases, which are governed by Pennsylvania Code, section 5524, which states that lawsuits must be commenced within two years after the injury or death occurs.

However, there are exceptions and determining the statute of limitations for nursing home negligence or abuse can be complex. For example, patients with advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease are not able to communicate their injuries or abuse. In these situations, the timing of an injury or abuse may be less important.

Still, if you observe that standards of care are not being met or suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected, it's best to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.

What are the common signs of neglect or abuse?

Inform May, May, & Zimmerman, LLP, immediately if you notice any of these warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bed sores and pressure sores
  • Bruises
  • Fractures
  • Contusions
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Frozen joints
  • Overmedication
  • Sudden changes in resident behavior
  • Reluctance of the resident to report abuse or neglect
  • Loss of resident's possessions

How can I report nursing home negligence?

Call the Police

If your loved one is in immediate danger, you should contact the local police department for assistance. If you suspect physical or sexual abuse, you can also file a police report to document the abuse.

Contact the Nursing Home Administrator

If your loved one is not in immediate danger, you'll want to report any suspected neglect or abuse to the nursing home's administrator. This might include reporting unexplained injuries, bruises, or marks. The facility should launch an investigation and report their findings to you within 30 days.

File a Report with the local Ombudsman

Filing a report of the suspected abuse or neglect with your local Ombudsman office can prompt a state investigation into your allegations. You can find your local Ombudsman office through the Commonwealth of PA or your local county's Office of Aging.

Hire an Attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases

Hire an experienced attorney who has experience handling cases concerning nursing home abuse and neglect.

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How does hiring an attorney help stop nursing home abuse?

Working with an attorney concerning nursing home abuse and neglect can help ensure a thorough investigation into your allegations and provide information about your loved one's rights, and holding wrong-doers accountable can result in the adoption of best practices in the future.

How we help our clients

Our experienced attorneys protect the rights of nursing home residents and their families, in and out of court. We conduct an exhaustive investigation of the abuse and oversights you report to us, and bring our fact-finding before insurance companies and courts of law if necessary. We examine nursing home records, hiring and training policies, and any other detail that may expose your loved one's nursing home as a hostile environment.

Most importantly, we get results for our clients in central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

May, May, & Zimmerman, LLP attorneys believe in zero tolerance for acts of nursing home abuse and neglect. That belief shines through in everything we do for you, from start to finish.

We provide our legal services on a contingency basis. That means you won't owe any attorney fees unless we win your case! The sooner you contact May, May, & Zimmerman, LLP, the sooner we can begin our investigation and aggressive advocacy. Your elderly loved one's life could depend on it.

Contact us immediately if you suspect that abuse or neglect in a nursing home is victimizing your vulnerable senior loved one.

Contact May, May & Zimmerman or call 717-299-1181 today to schedule a FREE initial assessment.

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