You should be able to count on nursing homes and their staff members to properly care for your loved one. Our elderly are a national treasure, and they deserve to be treated as such. Unfortunately, there are times when nursing homes neglect their residents, and this can cause irreparable harm. At the Weitz Firm, our qualified team is here to help when you need a Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney. We have extensive experience handling these cases, and we will work to obtain any compensation and justice your loved one deserves.

What is neglect in a Philadelphia nursing home?

Nursing home neglect is a form of elder abuse that is committed against older residents inside of an assisted-living facility. Nursing home neglect involves substandard care of a resident or any breach of duty that causes harm to a resident.

The National Council on Aging recognizes nursing home neglect as a form of elder abuse. That is, they see this as inappropriate treatment of an older adult by a person in a position of trust. Many forms of elder abuse involve direct harm to a victim in a nursing home, though neglect is a bit different.

Elder neglect can take many forms inside of a nursing home. This includes:

  • Medical neglect. This involves the failure of the nursing home facility or staff to properly attend to the medical concerns of a resident. This can include inadequate care for bed sores, infections, mobility issues, diabetes, and more.
  • Neglect of basic necessities. The neglect of basic necessities refers to the failure of a nursing home to provide a resident with enough water, food, medical care, as well as a safe and clean environment.
  • Social or emotional neglect. This type of neglect involves ignoring a nursing home resident, treating them unkindly, threatening them with isolation, constantly leaving them alone, failing to provide enough social and emotional interaction, etc.
  • Neglect of personal hygiene. This can be described as a failure of the nursing home to properly help a resident maintain various aspects of their hygiene. This can include bathing, laundry, dental care, and cleaning their room.

Any form of neglect in a nursing home is considered abuse and must be taken seriously. A shortage of nursing home staff is not an excuse, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.

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If you discover that your loved one has been the victim of neglect inside of a nursing home in or around Philadelphia, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Weitz Firm, our qualified and experienced team has the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the case. Our goal is to obtain the compensation your loved one deserves, which can include:

  • Complete coverage of any medical bills
  • Repayment of the cost of the nursing home facility
  • Compensation to relocate to a new facility
  • Loss of quality of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the nursing home and staff members

When you need a Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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