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      Nursing Home Abuse in Pennsylvania – Neglect

       Neglect Can Lead to Serious Injuries & Fatalities

      A February 2014 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidents Among Medicare Beneficiaries, details the very real problem of nursing home abuse and neglect in this country. According to the 5 year study, nearly 30% of skilled nursing home residents suffer preventable, adverse events.

      The very sad reality is that the elderly, infirm and disabled are often victims of abuse, precisely because those who carry out the abuse are 1. in a position of power and 2. believe no one is watching or will notice.  This is often the case with residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Many residents simply do not have frequent contact with loved ones, and this can result in abuse and neglect.

      Related:  Suspect Abuse/Neglect in a Pennsylvania Nursing Home? Here’s What You Should Do

      The Three Most Common Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes

      There are 3 general types of abuse in a nursing home setting:

      • neglect,
      • physical assault/abuse, and
      • sexual assault/abuse.

      Neglect in Nursing Homes

      Neglect is not necessarily intentional, and is probably the most common type of abuse, essentially, abuse by neglect. Some cases of neglect are so severe that the resulting injuries require as much medical attention as injuries sustained in a violent physical attack. For instance, bed sores often develop due to the failure to tend to an immobile resident. Bed sores can very quickly become infected; if sepsis develops, the resident may die within a matter of hours. Other examples of neglect include dehydration and failure to tend to residents who require special assistance, such as a resident who needs aid going to the restroom and suffers a bad fall accident due to the lack of assistance.

      More: PA Nursing Home Abuse Law: What is Nursing Home Abuse?

      Wandering – A Serious Form of Neglect

      Another relatively common example of neglect involves a resident who wanders away from the facility and is injured in an accident or worse, dies. This is common in residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These residents must be watched carefully; otherwise, they can literally walk out the front door and get lost.

      There have been multiple media reports throughout the U.S. detailing nursing home wandering incidents. For instance, an elderly woman in Wisconsin was found lying in a creek near the nursing home and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Her alarm bracelet, designed to trigger an alarm when she was outside the nursing home, was missing. Authorities believe she opened a window and crawled out of it. The temperature was well below freezing when she was found.

      Related: Nursing Home Resident Wandering Accident Lawsuits

      The elderly, infirm and disabled absolutely deserve justice, no more and no less than anyone else. If you or a loved one was the victim of neglect at a nursing home or long term care facility, please contact our office to arrange a free consultation with our PA and NJ nursing home abuse/neglect lawyers. (215) 985-0777

      *DISCLAIMER: This website does not create any attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. Our lawyers provide legal advice only after accepting a case. It is imperative that any action taken is done on advice of counsel. Since each case is unique, discussion of prior outcomes and settlements in past cases is no guarantee of a similar outcome in current or future cases. Contacting our lawyers via the email contact form on this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through the contact form.

      Nursing home abuse and injury cases accepted in Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and throughout other parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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