Attorney, Brent Wieand, believes that nursing home abuse and neglect is simply inexcusable. Nursing home residents are highly vulnerable and often unable to defend themselves from abusive or neglectful caretakers. Most victims of nursing home neglect are in their golden years. They are afraid to complain or incapable of doing so. In other instances, complaints of improper care fall on the deaf ears of nursing staff and facility administrators.
Nursing home attorney, Brent Wieand, will fight hard to hold neglectful nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for improper care. He has significant experience handling cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. Call Brent today for a free consultation at (215) 666-7777 or contact him through the online contact form.
The Growing Problem of Neglectful Nursing Home Care
It is well reported that when nurses spend more time with residents they receive higher quality of care. Thus, it should come as no surprise that patients in understaffed nursing homes are at a higher risk for injury and wrongful death. The number of understaffed nursing homes continues to rise as large for-profit nursing home companies focus on the bottom line instead of providing quality care.
Unfortunately, the problem of understaffed nursing homes is not anticipated to get better anytime soon. Estimates project that the elderly population is expected to double between 2012 and 2050 placing even more patients in already understaffed facilities.
Both federal and Pennsylvania state agencies have reported numerous deaths caused by chronic urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers and respiratory infections. Many of those deaths may have been prevented with proper care. Federal and state law requires that nursing homes provide services and care to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well being of each resident. This care must be based on written documentation of each resident known as an individualized plan of care.
Carbon County nursing homes that accept Medicare and Medicaid are monitored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department of Health requires that nursing homes have policies and procedures in place that will prevent abuse and neglect of residents.
Signs of Neglectful Nursing Home Care
In most cases, there is simply no excuse for residents suffering from conditions such as:
- cuts and open wounds
- dehydration and malnutrition
- falls in nursing homes
- improper hygiene
- medication errors
- weight loss
These conditions are classic signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. If your parent or loved one is showing these symptoms don’t let them suffer alone. Call nursing home attorney, Brent Wieand, for a free and friendly consultation as to your legal rights.
Nursing Homes located in Carbon County
The following nursing home facilities are located in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Before placing a loved one at a facility, you should always visit and compare several homes to see which facility is the fit for their needs. Additionally, you can research a nursing home’s quality at Medicare’s website to see how it compares with other homes in the region.
Weatherwood Nursing Home And Rehab Ctr
1000 Evergreen Avenue
Weatherly, PA 18255
The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehab Ctr
211 North 12th Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
397 Hemlock Drive
Lehighton, PA 18235
Heritage Hill Senior Community
800 6th Street
Weatherly, PA 18255
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you suspect that a loved one may be suffering from neglectful nursing home care. You may save a life! If you believe that improper care has caused serious injury or resulted in a loved one’s wrongful death, call nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand for a free legal consultation at (215) 666-7777. Brent is proud to serve clients throughout Carbon County including the areas of Jim Thorpe and Weatherly.
Statute of Limitations for filing a Nursing Home Injury Lawsuit
In Pennsylvania, there is a two year statute of limitations on filing a nursing home negligence and nursing home malpractice lawsuit. There is also a two year statute of limitations on claims for wrongful death. If you don’t file a lawsuit within the two year statute of limitations you will lose your right to bring a claim. Thus, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you suspect that a serious injury or death was caused because of nursing home neglect or abuse.
Disclosure: Attorney, Brent Wieand’s, office is located in Philadelphia, PA. He proudly serves clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.