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ATTENTION: CORONAVIRUS DEATH SPIKE DUE TO PATIENT NEGLECT AT NURSING HOMES IN PHILADELPHIA

Ostroff Law is actively investigating an alarming spike in fatalities at multiple nursing homes in Pennsylvania. Our preliminary investigation indicates that a large number of Tucker House patients have become seriously ill and died due to neglect in patient care.

While coronavirus has endangered all of our elderly citizens, Tucker House has lost an unprecedented number of patients in this crisis. We have strong reason to believe that dangerous, substandard patient care due to unsanitary conditions and rampant neglect are to blame.

Please call Jon Ostroff directly at (610) 629-6560 if you have any information, or know of any patients, that contracted coronavirus while living at any of the above facilities.

To learn more about our ongoing investigations related to the pandemic please visit our dedicated Nursing Homes & Covid-19 site.

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Why We Are The Right Firm for You

For over 25 years we have been holding nursing homes accountable for the harm that comes from their neglect. Our team includes lawyers that have spent years defending nursing homes. We’ve been on both sides of the nursing home table which gives us a unique perspective in approaching these cases.

A great deal of thought, emotion, and decision making go into choosing a suitable nursing home for a loved one. You expect staff members and medical professionals to be just as caring and attentive as you would be. But something may have given you a bad feeling suddenly – an odd bruise, unexpected behavior from your loved one, poor conditions in his or her room – and it may be pointing to nursing home abuse or neglect.

It’s important to know that you do not need to prove that something is going wrong before calling our firm. We can help you get to the bottom of what’s happening. Contact Ostroff Injury Law’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation if you suspect your family member is suffering from nursing home neglect. If you do decide to retain our firm, we will not collect a fee unless we take legal action and win.

Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home reforms in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 state that nursing home residents had the right to be “free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) defined abuse and neglect in their guidelines in implementing the Act:

Abuse: The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinements, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.

Neglect: Failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.

The HCFA later developed the Nursing Home Initiative to improve the quality of care nursing home residents receive through better federal and state monitoring.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from elder abuse, we urge you to take action by calling us. Not only is abuse wrong and unacceptable, but there are laws behind you that can help us hold the abusers and facility accountable. You’d be protecting your family member and other nursing home residents from falling victim again in the future.

How Common is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing homes have been too focused on profit and not focused enough on properly taking care of their residents for far too long. There’s no greater proof of this than the alarming death rates during Covid-19.

When things are stressed, that’s really when you can see if they are good or bad. The fact that they are crumbling during coronavirus is a reflection of how poorly run they are more than anything else.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1.3 million people live in nursing homes. Some live there because they need regular medical care and others because they are unable to take care of themselves by completing specific tasks such as cooking or bathing. No matter their reason for living there, residents and their families rightfully anticipate that quality care will be given and that they will not suffer abuse or neglect in these facilities.

As an experienced Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorney can tell you, nursing home abuse and neglect are sadly quite common. Consider these startling statistics about abuse and neglect in nursing homes that have been further exposed during the pandemic:

  • As many as 5,000,000 elders are abused each year
  • As many as 3% of nursing home residents experienced at least one occurrence of physical abuse while in a nursing home
  • More than 50% of all nursing homes are short-staffed and do not have enough staff to help care for the residents
  • According to the National Center on Elder Abuse in the United States, nearly one-third of all nursing homes in the United States are guilty of abusing their residents in some form
  • Two out of three elder abuse victims are women
  • Over 50% of nursing home staff have confidentially admitted to committing some form of abuse
  • Poor medical health has also been linked to higher abuse rates
  • Neglect is the failure to provide an elder’s basic life necessities, such as food, housing, medicine or hygiene and is usually more common than abuse in nursing homes

Keep in mind that many instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes go unreported. In fact, abuse and neglect in nursing home settings are not widely studied, and there is a lack of data. It is estimated that for everyone one reported case, there are as many as 22 cases that go unreported. This is due to several factors.

In some instances of abuse, nursing home residents do not want to be a bother or do not want to trouble or worry about their family members or friends. Some nursing home residents do not have the mental or emotional capacity to realize they are being abused, and therefore cannot report it. Some may not have the physical ability to report their abuse. Others may be afraid that if they say something, they could be subjected to retaliation, and the abuse could get even worse.

For-profit nursing homes have been one of the most profitable industries in America. Their profits grow when they get away with patient neglect. Instead of putting money into their quality of care, they are putting it into their pockets.

Contact Ostroff Injury Law

Nursing home residents have the right to live as comfortably as possible and to trust that staff members will treat them with respect. When a facility fails to provide expected living conditions or lets residents get hurt, they must take responsibility. We can help.

Schedule a free consultation with Ostroff Injury Law today if you suspect your loved one is suffering from elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility. During our initial conversation, we’ll listen to your story, explain your options, and go over the next steps to hold those parties accountable. Our firm never collects a fee unless we win a financial recovery

Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse

What does abuse look like in a nursing home?

Signs of nursing home abuse include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Bruises, scrapes and cuts
• Bedsores
• Evidence of restraint use
• Lack of interaction with other residents
• Poor hygiene
• Sudden and unexplained fear or other unusual behavior

When a nursing home staff member hurts your loved one, Ostroff Injury Law’s Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys will do what it takes to hold all parties responsible for their actions.

How do I know if what’s happening to my family member is considered abuse?

Abuse can take many forms in a nursing home facility, according to the National Research Council’s Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Certified nursing assistants in a focus group study defined a variety of abusive actions, such as:

• Aggressiveness with a resident
• Handling a resident roughly
• Punching, slapping, hitting or kicking a resident
• Yelling at or speaking in a harsh tone to a resident
• Making threats or saying mean things

Sexual abuse is also a prevalent problem in nursing home facilities. However, abuse is not always physical. Emotional abuse, such as harassment, threats, or intimidation, can cause a resident to suffer mental distress and anguish. Abuse in any form is unacceptable. You know your family member, so you may have a feeling that something isn’t right. If your loved one may be suffering from abuse, we welcome you to give our firm a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can pursue the situation, get answers, and protect your family member’s rights. We do not collect a fee from our clients unless we take legal action and win.

How do I know if my family member’s caretakers are neglecting him/her?

It is difficult to list all forms of neglect. Simply put, if your family member is not receiving immediate and appropriate care and consideration in the nursing home facility, their caretakers could be acting neglectfully. As an example, certified nursing assistants identified several forms of neglect, some of which include:

• Ignoring bedfast residents
• Failing to provide prescribed wound care
• Not giving residents regular baths
• Failing to change residents in a timely fashion when they are incontinent
• Poor oral or dental care
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Residents who need assistance deserve to have help in a timely and respectful fashion. If you have a feeling that a caretaker is acting neglectfully, we welcome you to give our Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can pursue the situation, get answers, and protect your family member’s rights. We do not collect a fee unless we take legal action and win.

What should I do first if I suspect abuse is occurring?

Call 9-1-1 or the police right away if your family member is in immediate, life-threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate but you suspect that elder abuse has occurred or is occurring, we welcome you to contact us for a free, no-obligation conversation about what is going on. We can help you figure out how to move forward and stop the abuse from happening. By reporting abuse, you can reduce the chances that it will happen again and that more residents will become victims. If a nursing home resident is being abused:

• Report any life-threatening emergencies by calling 911 or local law enforcement
• Contact the Adult Protective Services office to report suspected abuse
• Report abuse to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
• Find more resources by calling the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116
• Reach out to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Pennsylvania to learn more about your legal rights

How can an attorney help me if I believe nursing home staff is abusing my family member?

It is often difficult to go up against companies alone when they are acting negligently. But an experienced lawyer knows how to find evidence and get answers. By taking legal action to hold the nursing home and its staff accountable for the abuse, you can be the voice of your loved one’s pain and help stop what is happening now and in the future. Your family member may also be due compensation for medical bills, living costs, and the pain and suffering, and we can help maximize that financial recovery. Our firm offers free initial consultations and we do not collect a fee unless we win. So, you’ve got nothing to lose by calling our firm.

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