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Category: Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Are Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Liable for Bedsore Injuries?

Posted January 15, 2018 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

As a Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer, I have seen many cases in which a vulnerable nursing home resident developed severe and sometimes fatal bedsores as a result of neglectful treatment.  Unfortunately, bedsores are a common problem in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Pennsylvania, and people often call me to ask whether a… read more

Pennsylvania Files Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Company for Poor Patient Care

Posted March 23, 2017 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Last month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer announced that the Office of the Attorney General would lead a lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based Grane Healthcare for failing to provide adequate patient care at 11 out of 12 of its skilled nursing home facilities. Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand reports on the care violations alleged in the suit,… read more

Nursing Home Fined After 5 Residents Overdose on Heroin

Posted November 30, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

It’s a story that seems too outrageous to be true, but unfortunately, every word is fact.  Five Chicago nursing home residents were hospitalized after overdosing on heroin in February, leading to six-figure fines for Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where the violation occurred.  The question is, why wasn’t anyone there to prevent this incident from… read more

How Common Are Bedsores in Nursing Home Residents?

Posted November 2, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Bedsores, which are also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are a common health problem among residents in nursing homes across Pennsylvania and the nation.  Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer Brent Wieand explains what causes bedsores, how to check a specific nursing home’s history of bedsores among residents, and what to do if you suspect… read more

Nursing Home Fall Risks and How to Prevent Them

Posted September 28, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Falls are commonplace among adults aged 65 and older, especially in nursing homes.  As nursing home fall statistics indicate, the average 100-bed facility reports up to 200 falls per year, while falls kill about 1,800 nursing home residents annually.  In fact, many seniors enter nursing homes because they fall frequently.  Unfortunately, despite a profusion of… read more

Despite Spike in Penalties for Pennsylvania Nursing Homes, Resident Safety May Be Improving

Posted September 5, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Nursing homes can be penalized with fines or other sanctions when violations are uncovered by government agencies.  Unfortunately, a decline in penalties does not necessarily indicate a decline in violations — only a decline in crucial oversight needed to curtail Pennsylvania nursing home neglect and abuse.  Penalties issued for nursing home violations have increased in… read more

Nursing Home Fall Accident Statistics Reveal Thousands of Annual Deaths, Injuries to Seniors

Posted August 18, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Elderly individuals are prone to falls because of health factors like impaired balance, poor vision, and delayed reflexes.  In fact, experiencing frequent falls is a common reason seniors enter nursing homes.  Unlike family members at home, nursing home staff have training and equipment to minimize the risk of falls – at least in theory.  Despite… read more

How Nursing Home Bedsores Increase the Risk of Cancer: Marjolin’s Ulcers

Posted March 22, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Most people think of nursing home abuse as physical violence, like hitting or kicking.  However, abuse often takes the form of intentional neglect, where residents are deprived of basic care and sanitation.  Neglect can also occur due to issues like understaffing or inadequate training of personnel.  Regardless of whether nursing home neglect is intentional or… read more

10 Common Nursing Home Violations That Can Cause Serious Injuries

Posted February 24, 2016 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Most nursing homes are staffed by compassionate employees who make every effort to provide their residents with high-quality care.  Nonetheless, mistreatment and neglect are rampant issues in thousands of homes across America, with the National Center on Elder Abuse estimating that as many as one in 10 seniors have been abused.  In 2012, non-profit journalism… read more

Residents’ Rights in a Nursing Home Transfer or Discharge

Posted December 7, 2015 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

A nursing home transfer means that a resident is being moved from one facility to another. A nursing home discharge, which may be voluntary or involuntary, means that a patient is leaving or being evicted from the nursing home. Regardless of the circumstances under which a transfer or discharge occurs, all nursing home residents have… read more